Trail Race


SierraMadreNews.Net’s coverage of The Mt. Wilson Trail Race – Scroll down for links to coverage of prior years’ races
Click to visit the official Mt. Wilson Trail Race website,

The 2022 Mt. Wilson Trail Race is scheduled to be held on Saturday, May 28, 2022.

Click here for coverage of the 2019 Race

8.6 mile course, begins and ends on pavement, in between it’s a dirt path no more than 3 feet wide.  Elevation gain of more than 2,100 feet.  Turnaround point is at Orchard Camp, 4.3 miles from race start.  Much of the race is on the Mt. Wilson Trail, with occasional vertical drop-offs of several hundred feet.  Emergency support is stationed along the course to provide aid, if needed.  Boy Scout and Cub Scout troops provide water at two locations, the 2.3 and the 4.3 (turnaround) mile marks.

The 107th anniversary of the first running of the Mount Wilson Trail Race will be held at 7:30A on Saturday, May 30, 2015.  This annual event attracts runners from Sierra Madre, the surrounding communities, and even some from out of state!  The 2015 MWTR will feature many activities and events on both Friday, May 29 and Saturday May 30, 2015. Activities include a kids run and art show, beer garden, community and sponsor booths, souvenirs, music, and much more.  Family, friends, and fans are encouraged to stop by and cheer on the runners, enjoy the MWTR activities, and be surrounded by the festive atmosphere!  See below the links to the archives for event schedule.

Official Trail Race Website
Local Accommodations
Sierra Madre 5-Day Advance Weather Forecast

Photos and Results Archives

2016 Mt. Wilson Trail Race coverage,  photos, videos and results
2015 Mt. Wilson Trail Race coverage. photos, videos and results
2014 Mt. Wilson Trail Race Coverage, photos, videos and results
2013 Mt. Wilson Trail Race Coverage, photos, videos, and results
2012 Mt. Wilson Trail Race, photos, videos, and results
2011 Mt. Wilson Trail Race, photos, videos and results
2010 – participated, no coverage
2009 43rd Mt. Wilson Trail Race, photos and results
2008 42nd Mt. Wilson Trail Race, 100-year Anniversary Race, photos and results
2007 41st Mt. Wilson Trail Race, photos and results
2006 40th Mt. Wilson Trail Race, photos and results
2005 39th Mt. Wilson Trail Race, photos and results
2004 38th Mount Wilson Trail Race, photos and results
2003 37th Mt. Wilson Trail Race, photos and results
2002 36th Mt. Wilson Trail Race, photos and results
2001 35th Mt. Wilson Trail Race pictures and results

2000 34th Mt. Wilson Trail Race, pictures 
2000 34th Mt. Wilson Trail Race, results
1999 33rd Mt. Wilson Trail Race, pictures
1999 33rd Mt. Wilson Trail Race, results

2015 Mt. Wilson Trail Race Schedule of Activities

Pasta Feed Dinner – Friday, May 22 starting at 5:30pm
Zugo’s Café is providing the food for the MWTR Pasta Dinner sponsor this year. The dinner, which is open to participants, family and the general public, will be held in Kersting Court from 5:30P to 7:00P. The price will be $7.50 per person, with proceeds given to Sierra Madre Search & Rescue. MWTR souvenirs will be available to purchase at the dinner. Items include clothing, stickers, headwear and previous years’ shirts.
Also on Friday night, you can win some cool stuff by participating in the opportunity raffle. The raffle is open to all and tickets will be sold for $1 apiece or 6 for $5. Proceeds benefit Sierra Madre Search and Rescue.

Volunteers Still Needed on Race Day
If you want to get involved with the race, the Mount Wilson Trail Race Committee is still in need of some help in setting up Kersting Court on Saturday morning. Many committee members who are planning to run the race will be out there at 4:00A or 5:00A to drag stuff around and assist with whatever needs to be done. The Committee would love your help, starting at 5:00A and continuing until the time we break down Kersting Court at noon.
To sign up as a volunteer please visit the City of Sierra Madre’s website. All of the race related volunteers opportunities can be found there. If you have any questions please contact Adam Matsumoto with the City of Sierra Madre at

All activities the day of the race, May 23, are open to everyone. Nothing provides runners a greater boost of energy at the end of the race then a street lined with a cheering crowd. Race day spectators can peruse the wonderful selection of MWTR souvenirs, the various booth sponsors that provide information on health, fitness, history and everything in between. The City’s local bike shop, Centric, has donated a SUB SPEED 40 from SCOTT Bikes that will be raffled off on MWTR Day with proceeds benefiting the Sierra Madre Search and Rescue team.

Kids’ Fun Run – Saturday, May 23 at 7:45am
One of the missions the MWTR Committee has is to promote fitness and wellness in our community, for all ages. To that end, the 10th annual Kids’ Fun Run is on Saturday, May 23, at 7:45am, immediately following the start of the adults’ race. The event is free to register your kids from 3 to 12 years of age. Two different distances will be offered, using the same start and finish line us older guys will be using. The first 250 youth to sign up will receive a T-shirt featuring the artwork of Christine Manoukian, the 2015 Kid’s T-shirt Design Contest Winner.
Registration can be done during the Pasta Dinner on Friday, May 22nd from 5:30-7:00pm or the morning of the race on Saturday, May 23 from 7:00am until race start. All participants must complete a waiver at the registration table prior to participating.

Beer Garden – Saturday May 23 from 9:30am-11:00am
It’s never too early to grab a refreshing beer from the MWTR beer garden in Kersting Court. No matter if you are a runner who’s just completed the race, or a spectator enjoying the festivities the beer garden is open to all! Proceeds from the beer garden support the Sierra Madre Search and Rescue team.

7 Comments on "Trail Race"

  1. Winner of Kids’ Fun Run T-shirt Design Contest was anounced??

  2. Regina Olivas | March 4, 2013 at 2:02 pm | Reply

    How do I get on this years waiting list?


  3. Just run it un-registered. Know can keep you out from running along with. You just dont get a number or all the stuff by registering.

    • Craig Kinard | June 4, 2012 at 11:09 pm | Reply

      Well, Sam, that’s a little irresponsible, since the trail can accommodate only so many runners in an intense race like this. What if 200 “bandits” showed up on race day? So, Sam, think about it, okay?

  4. Hi- is it too late to register for this race? Thank you for your help.

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