July 25 - August 16, 2020

Tough Mugu 25k

9000 W. PCH

25K Elite, Virtual 50K 2 Per Team, 25k Solo, 5 Mile - Solo

This Event Took Place Sun. Aug 16, 2020

Presented by SoCalTrail

A beastly trail run with the most epic views!!

This classic trail run offers competitive runners and outdoor lovers a chance to experience some of Southern California's finest coastal mountain trail running courses.

Finisher medals, overall winners and age group awards are handcrafted by local artists, the shirts are soft, a sweet design, and fit specific to men, women, and children, and you get official bragging rights for next year's event.

Be part of the 5-mile event and watch the 25k runners start and finish while you head up the mountain on a fully-supported course.

Sip some coffee before the start, enjoy a hard-earned breakfast after the race, check out the exhibitors at the post-race festival, or make runner friends in the beer garden while embellishing race stories. There'll be plenty of breakfast and places to sit for everyone. Stick around for the awards ceremony honoring the toughest runners. Maybe even get lucky and win a giveaway from an amazing event sponsor!

A great effort is made to support the community by partnering with local businesses, small businesses, and minority-owned businesses.


Experience the beautiful Ray Miller Trail and it’s ocean views leading up to mountain vistas. Runners climb to the highest point on the trail to see Sycamore Canyon inland and the Pacific Ocean below, before dropping back onto the Ray Miller Trail for 2.6 miles of gracious switchbacks. This 5.3-mile course has roughly 1,000’ of vertical gain and loss.

The Overall Top 3 women and men receive locally made, beautiful art pieces commemorating the 2021 Tough Mugu 5-Mile.


The Tough Mugu 25k course has all the elements of ideal, Southern California mountain running! Winding up from sea level, the famous Ray Miller Trail, leads the race above the coastline and onto mountain top fire roads, rolling valleys, and chaparral forest single track. Near the halfway point, the route around Mugu Peak rewards runners with epic views of the Channel Islands and Boney Mountain, before returning across the long valley. The final 5k cruises back down the Ray Miller switchbacks, determining who can finish strong.

The 25k course is equipped with four, fully-stocked aid stations and climbs a total of 2,601 feet.

The Overall Top 3 women and men receive locally made, beautiful art pieces commemorating the 2022 Tough Mugu 25k.

Male and female Age Group Winners receive special artist-made medallions.

25k Elite

$2,000 Prize Purse

$500 - 1st
$300 - 2nd
$200 - 3rd
1st place woman and man also win beautiful, hand-crafted Tough Mugu pieces of art.

Format TBD. 20 Runner Max.

If you think you are tough enough to qualify for the elite race, please email Subject: MUGU ELITE. Limited spots available. Invitation to register if accepted.

The Goodie Bag

Hooked-Up Goodie Bags for every Tough Mugu runner!

1. Unique, hand-crafted finisher medals
2. Soft cotton shirts or loose tank tops for women
3. Postcard taken from the course
4. Tough Mugu sticker
5. Re-useable canvas bag.

All runners get FREE Course Photos and results posted online the same day!

Directions & Parking

The Tough Mugu is located at La Jolla Group Campground in Point Mugu State Park.

Parking is FREE on PCH.
There is no parking in the La Jolla Canyon parking lot.

If coming from the South (Malibu):
- Turn North on Pacific Coast Highway until Thornhill Broom Campground
- Park diagonally on right side of road
- Keep off the road, behind the white line

If coming from the North (Ventura):
- Turn South on Pacific Coast Highway until Thornhill Broom Campground
- Park parallel on right side of road
- Safely U-Turn and park on inland side of road
- Keep off the road, behind the white line

Obey traffic laws, keep all wheels off the road, observe any "No Parking" signs, and respect the volunteer parking team.


Active fire fighters, race directors, and winners of the 2022 Tough Topanga.

Run club and running group discounts are available on request, too.

Please email


Earn SoCalTrail race credits and help out your fellow runners on a Saturday morning in beautiful Point Mugu State Park!! There are fun, aid station crew openings, positions in the base area helping with registration, parking, and the finish line, and course marker or race sweepers needed. Be a part of the Tough Mugu team and get your volunteer race swag, coffee and breakfast, and cowbells!

Please email subject: TOUGH MUGU VOLUNTEER

Local time: 11:41 AM


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