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Ragnar Trail So Cal

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How to enter the Ragnar Trail So Cal

  1. 115 Mile Relay

    Run 113.6mi
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Ragnar Trail So Cal route

The course involves a series of 3 loops. Total Course Mileage = 14.20 Miles. For full details, please visit:

Green Loop – Dead Cow Trail (Easy):

Distance: 3.10 miles
Elevation Gain: 689.34 feet

Take solace knowing that the name of the loop comes from the name of one of the roads on which we run, not the way you will feel afterwards. This loop is fun and challenging. After looping around past the Transition Tent, Green runs through the camping area with Yellow and Red. After a quarter-mile, Yellow and Red turn left for a hard slog uphill. Don’t smile too big, your climb is to come. The next half-mile is a gentle climb up a grassy double-track, the oaks of the Village slowly giving way to more big pines. At this point the loop crosses Yellow and jumps onto a well graded dirt road which you will only run on for a few hundred feet before you make a sharp right for a 1/4 mile 400ft climb through dense oak groves, switchbacking until you get to the top of Dead Cow Trail and a spectacular view of the valley below. This double-track road is just rough enough and has the perfect downhill pitch that makes it feel like a fast fun single-track. You will grin as you wind down and around granite outcroppings, big pines, and strands of old oaks. At mile 3 Dead Cow spits you back onto the well graded dirt road and joins you with the Yellow for a race back through the campground and under the Ragnar arch.

Yellow Loop – San Ysidro Creek (Intermediate):

Distance: 3.20 miles
Elevation Gain: 837.27 feet

The Yellow Loop leaves Ragnar Village with Green and Red and cuts through the heart of the camping area under a canopy of huge oaks. At a quarter-mile, Green splits off right and you continue up a well graded dirt road. The pitch is gradual at first while the tree canopy gives way to views of the ridgelines above but near mile one, the tough get going and the rest of us start power hiking, as the next half mile is pretty steep. Just past mile one comes your sweet relief. The Red Loop soldiers on up the road while you bank right onto a fast single-track that plunges you back down into the tree cover. Run with care as there are some short technical sections before a short bridge crossing San Ysidro Creek, which runs dry most of the time. After the bridge there is a short steep climb up a near vertical wall which gains an open ridgeline with tremendous views of the valley below. The next mile is a fast and furious single-track decent back to the valley floor where you cross the outbound Green Loop and then turn right to join the end of the Green Loop back to Ragnar Village.

Red Loop (Hard) – Hot Springs Mountain Trail:

Distance: 7.90 miles
Elevation Gain: 2308.40 feet

Weighing in at 7.9 miles and 1752’ of gain, the Red Loop is a beautiful challenge. The views from the ridgetops and the twists and turns of running in creekbeds make this loop a Ragnar staff favorite. The first three-quarters of a mile are tame enough, leaving Green behind early and continuing with Yellow on a dirt road. But then the volume gets turned up on your screaming quads. When Yellow splits away to your right, you have half a mile more of burn. Then a left takes you off the road and onto a single-track down a dry creekbed, twisting and winding through granite boulders, then up and over ridgelines with some kick butt views before dropping you back to the creekbed. Remember what we promised…beautiful challenge. At mile 3.5 the trail pops you out to Hot Springs Mountain Road and a Ragnar water station (remember we are cupless). The next mile and a half will be your fastest on the course. Hot Springs Mountain Road is a steep downhill graded dirt road, so get in the zone and hammer. Near mile 5 a sharp left takes you down some switchbacks and onto a single-track that roughly hugs a contour for a mile to bend you back up canyon. The final stretch takes you across a couple of road crossings and then up a gradual climb on a dirt road that brings you back to the cheers of your teammates.

Event Details

What’s Included

Race timing

Finisher medals

Awards for top finishers

Ragnar Village and all its amenities



Standard Team:

The classic Ragnar Trail experience – a full team of 8 runners conquering breathtaking (literally) trails and hanging at Ragnar Village. Sleep not included.

Ultra Team:

For an even more challenging experience, four runners take on the whole course. So get ready for extra mileage, two servings of s'mores, and even less sleep.

High School Team:

Available to actual high schoolers only. Immature grown-ups don't qualify. Don't worry, your track coach can help set up your tent, if you ask nicely.

Raceday Logistics

Please refer to the Trail Guide for up-to-date and detailed information, available at:


Race Start Date: November 08 2019
Race End Date: November 09 2019
Volunteer Start Date: October 10 2019
Volunteer End Date: November 03 2019
Registration Opens: January 01 2019
Registration Closes: October 01 2019
Start Times Posted: October 11 2019
Online Runner Invite Deadline: November 03 2019
Change Fee $20 Start: November 07 2019
Team Name Change Deadline: October 09 2019
Pay For Volunteers Deadline: November 03 2019

Ragnar Village:

This is the heart and soul of the event. Each trail begins and ends in Ragnar Village. It is the start line, the finish line, and the exchange point. After each loop you will return to the support of your teammates and the adulation of the teams around you. Ragnar Village will be complete with:

Bonfire, s'mores, coffee, hot chocolate

Food and Snacks - Friday night dinner included in registration. Other meals available for purchase

Games and Giveaways

Ragnar Swag available at the Ragnar Gear Store Tent

Yoga Sessions


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Team Campsite:

Teams may choose where to camp upon arrival (first come, first served). We ask you to try and keep your campsite to 300 square-feet/ 17' x 17'. Camping is FREE to runners, family, friends, and crew on Thursday and Friday nights.

Other points to note:

Cell service is very limited – AT&T works best.

This venue is very dusty.

There are no showers at the venue.

We love to partner with local community groups in the areas we run through. We have 36 exchange points along our course plus water stations and sometimes crossing assistants or course directional locations that all need volunteers. In exchange for your service we will make a donation to your group! More details at:

Ragnar Trail So Cal weather forecast

Clear throughout the day.

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Meet the organiser

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The idea to run an overnight 24+ hour running relay across the mountains of Utah was a lifelong dream of Steve Hill. The dream became a reality in 2004 when Steve, his son Dan and Dan’s college roommate, Tanner Bell, organized the first Wasatch Back Relay, spanning 188 miles from Logan to Park City, UT. Starting small, the Ragnar Relay Series has grown from a single relay in Utah to the largest overnight relay series in the nation. Some call it a movement. We call it Ragnar.



Ragnar Trail So Cal reviews

4.3 out of 5 stars

  • Course
  • Organisation
  • Atmosphere
  • Did the event in 2018

    Wow! Great trail race. This was my third Ragnar Trail race, second one at Los Coyotes. Love the changes in the courses for this year. We had a runner who couldnt make it due to having to go and fight the fires in California so we split up his loops between the team. I requested to do his red loop. My quads are still on fire! While I understand having to scrap the fire pits, it would have been nice to have a few more heaters outside the transition tent during the night. Didnt realize just how cold it was going to get! Speaking of transition, what was up with the race tracking? Not being able to track the runners a quarter mile out through a bit of chaos into the mix. It would have also been nice to see standings during the race as in previous events. With all that our team is looking forward to next year and has begun discussing which event to attend.
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