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June 8, 2024   |   Big Bear Lake, CA

Now in its 28th year, the Holcomb Valley Trail Run was established by Gary & Pam Kalina in 1997. Gary was an avid runner; he realized that some of the best trail running in Southern California was right here in Big Bear. And some of the best trail running in Big Bear was on the Pacific Crest Trail.

The Pacific Crest Trail is a 2800 mile trail that runs from the Mexican to the Canadian border. The section that runs through Big Bear, and that the race travels on, offers spectacular views of Big Bear Lake, the San Gorgonio Wilderness and Big Bear Mountain Ski Resorts.

Gary and Pam decided after 15 years of event directing and coordination it was time to close that chapter in their life. Beginning in 2012, Team Big Bear took over the Holcomb Valley Trail Run. In 2023, Tom Spiegel and Team Big Bear are entrusting the continuation of this event to Susie Schmelzer & Harald Zundel of Team Kodiak.

Race Info
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Race Information

Event Location: Meadows Edge Picnic Area, Big Bear, CA.

Packet Pickup:

Friday, June 7, 2024. 4:00-5:30pm.

Saturday, June 8, 2024. 5:30-8:30am.

Race Start Times:

33 Miles: 7am

14 Miles: 8am

7 Miles: 9am

Parking: There is a parking lot at Meadows Edge. Once the lot is full, parking is available along North Shore Drive in the shoulders. Park only in legal parking spaces. Make sure your vehicle is ALL THE WAY over the white line of the shoulder and not touching it at all as this will cause you to get a ticket. Parking is free.





Course map: Click here.

Elevation Gain/Loss
33 MILE: +4,150ft/-4,150ft
14 MILE: +1,950ft/-1,950ft
7 MILE: +1,100ft/-1,100ft

Hard Cut-off Times:
33 MILE: 10-hour time limit. Runners must be through the Aid Station at Mile 21 (Doble Camp) by 1:00pm.
14 MILE: Runners must be through Mile 8.2 (Del Mar) by 11:15am and through Mile 11 (Polique 2) by 12:15pm.
7 MILE: The 7 mile distance can be a run or a hike. All runners and hikers in the 7-mile event must be through Mile 3.6 (Polique 2) by 12:15pm.

The finish line closes at 5pm for all distances.

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We would love to have you join us as a volunteer. Volunteers will earn race credits that can be applied toward registration of future Holcomb Valley Trail Runs. Please fill out this form to get more information on volunteering and THANK YOU!

Available roles:

  • Registration

  • Aid Station Captain

  • Aid Station Volunteer

  • Finish line - medals, post-race refreshments, awards, etc.

  • Sweeper



Part of the proceeds from this events supports the Bear Valley Search & Rescue and the Southern California Mountains Foundation

We would like to thank Visit Big Bear for their generous support. Please go to to book your lodging and get all of your Big Bear information.

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