Where Do You Train?

I get a lot of questions about how and where I train while living in the van. Though I’m not traveling to a new place every day, I’ve spent the past 3 months all over Washington, Oregon, California, Arizona, and Utah. Since moving into the van I definitely spend more time planning – where to sleep, where to shower, and where to train.

Sometimes I use google. Other times, I reach out to locals for recommendations. Sometimes it’s just luck. Sometimes, in the moment I see a beautiful place, I stop, get out a map, and go!

Here are 10 (or so) beautiful places I’ve run:


  1. Chuckanut Mountains – Bellingham, Washington Chuckanut_trails.png
  2. Klahhane Ridge (Lake Angeles and Heather Park Trailhead) – Olympic National Park, WashingtonKlahhane_ridge_trails.png
  3. Seven Lakes Basin – Olympic National Park, Washington seven_lakes_trail.png
  4. Forest Park – Portland, Oregon NW-4-Forest-Park.png
  5. Hamilton Mountain – Columbia River Gorge, Stevenson, Washington NW-5---Hamilton-Mountain.png
  6. Smith Rock State Park – Terrebonne, Oregon NW-6-Smith-Rock-State-Park-.png
  7. Crescent Mountain – Cascadia, Oregon NW-7-Crescent-Mountain.png
  8. Clam Beach County Park – Arcata, California NW-8-Clam-Beach3.png
  9. Redwood National Park – Berry Glen, California 
  10. Marin Headlands – Mill Valley, California NW-10-Marin-Headlands.png


  1. Duck Lake to Mammoth Crest Trail – Mammoth Lakes, California SW-1-Mammoth3.png
  2. Angeles National Forest – Palmdale, California SW-2-Angeles-Forest.png
  3. North Beach – Del Mar, California
  4. Joshua Tree National Park – California SW-4-Joshua-Tree2.png
  5. Kelso Dunes and the Mojave National Preserve – Baker, California SW-5-Kelso-Dunes5.png
  6. Zion National Park - Utah SW-6-Zion2.png
  7. Red Cliffs National Conservation Area – St. George, Utah 
  8. Bright Angel Trail to South Kaibab – Grand Canyon National Park SW-7-Grand-Canyon.png
  9. Chuck Wagon Trail – Sedona, Arizona SW-9-Sedona3.png
  10. Phoenix Mountain Preserve – Phoenix, Arizona
  11. Honeybee Canyon – Tucson, Arizona SW-11-Honeybee-Tucson.png

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