Trail Less Traveled 5K and Quarter Marathon & ~14-Mile Trail Runs

Dates: 01/01/1970 Dates: 01/01/1970 Times: 06:45 - 11:30 Location: Saddle Dam Day Use Area Kelly Ridge Road, Oroville, Ca


Experience the beauty and tranquility of a Trail Less Traveled. Hidden in the foothills around Lake Oroville, the Kelly Ridge and Dan Beebe trails offer miles of twisting terrain to challenge runners of all levels and test seasoned trails fans. This 5K and Quarter Marathon always takes place the first Sunday in April (unless it falls on Easter Sunday).

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Registration Opens 10/1!

~14-Mile start:  7:30 am
1/4 Marathon start: 9:00 am
5K start: 9:10 am


Custom Finisher’s Medals for 5K & 1/4 Marathon

5K & 1/4 Marathon runners can now purchase their very own race bling! Custom medals are available for purchase for $7 in the store on the registration page. Medals will be available for all races in the UTSE Trail Series. Complete all 5 and receive a special award (I wonder if it might have something to do with all of  those medals?)


The Trail Less Traveled is proud to donate a portion of the proceeds to the Hope Center of Oroville.  THE HOPE CENTER is a Non-Profit Outreach that ministers to Butte County and the surrounding communities. They offer emergency food, clothing assistance, counseling and education programs to families who are battling many kinds of poverty. The Hope Center’s goal is to help people get past the obstacles in their lives so they can build a better future and legacy for their families. For more information please visit

Here are maps to give you an idea of these fantastic trails!  But you won’t know just how great they are unless you run them!

TLT QTR Course-with elevation

TLT 5K Course

TLT 14-Mile Course with notes


Be sure to check the tabs below for all your race related questions.


Registration is only available online! A small convenience fee applies.  Online registration closes April 1, 2017 at 6:00 pm.

Register Now!

Super Early Registration (received by 10/31/16)

~14-Mile Adult $45.00
5K & Quarter Marathon Kids 14 & Under $15.00
5K & Quarter Marathon Adult $30.00


Early Registration (received 11/1 thru 3/19)

~14-Mile Adult $50.00
5K & Quarter Marathon Kids 14 & Under $20.00
5K & Quarter Marathon Adult $35.00

Late Registration (received 3/20 thru Race Day)

~14-Mile Adult $60.00
5K & Quarter Marathon Kids 14 & Under $25.00
5K & Quarter Marathon Adult $45.00

*Race-day registration will be available from 6:45-8:30 AM at the race site. Please be in line at least 30 minutes before the start of your race ensure an official time.


Gender specific, short-sleeved technical running shirts are guaranteed in the requested size for each registration received by March 19. Women’s cut tech shirts tend to run a bit small.  Please order accordingly. And, if you don’t feel like you need another shirt, you can skip it and save $7

**Shirts of requested size are guaranteed to all participants registered by 3/19

***Shirts will be available on a first-come, first-served basis to participants registered after 3/20

****Entry fees are non-refundable and non-transferable. Event is Rain or Shine.

Pre-Race Packet Pickup

Packet pickup information will be available soon.  If you are unable to make it on Saturday you can pick up your bib and packet on Sunday morning between 6:45 and 8:45 am at the race site. Registration will be available at this time.


Race Packet Pickup & Registration

Race-day packet pickup and registration will be open at 6:45 AM and will close promptly at 8:45 AM.

Start Times

~14-Mile starts at 7:30 am

1/4 Marathon starts at 9:00 am

5K starts at 9:10

At the Saddle Dam Day Use Area on Kelly Ridge Road in Oroville

Chip Timing

Under the Sun Events will be providing chip timing!  There will be a small white foam strip on the back of your race bib.  Please do not remove it, fold it or squish it; below it is the actual timing chip. Please wear your bib on the front of your shirt at waist height and be sure it is visible as you cross the start and finish lines.  Most importantly, don’t forget your bib!  No bib, no time!

Course Description

Both the 5K and 1/4 Marathon will begin near the parking lot at Saddle Dam Day Use Area on Kelly Ridge Road. The 1/4 Marathon will start out on the Bidwell Canyon Trail (the lower trail) and proceed into the Bidwell Canyon Recreation Area where it will connect with the Dan Beebee Trail for a single three-mile loop. Runners will then return on the Bidwell Canyon Trail to Saddle Dam Day Use Area. The 5K course will begin on the upper, Dan Beebee Trail, and follow it into Bidwell Canyon to the water station where they will make a sharp right hand turn and race to the finish line on the Bidwell Canyon Trail.

The ~14-Mile course will utilize the 1/4 Marathon Course as well as travel through the Loafer Creek area of the Lake Oroville State Recreation Area.  14-milers will head across Saddle Dam into Loafer Creek in a counter clock-wise pattern. Heading up Loafer Creek Loop and continuing on the Roy Rogers Trail until it again meets the Loafer Creek Loop. When Loafer Creek Loops returns to the dam runners will again cross the dam and finish at the finish line at Saddle Dam Day Use Area.



The 5K Awards Ceremony will be held near the finish line at approximately 10:00 AM. The 1/4 Marathon Awards Ceremony will be held near the finish line at approximately 10:30 AM. Awards will be given to the top three male and female finishers in 10-year age groups. Overall male and female awards will be given in each distance.

All 14-Mile runners will receive a custom finishers medal.  Awards will be given three deep in 10-year age groups as well as the overall male and female.


April 3, 2016 – 9th Annual Trail Less Traveled Trail Runs – Lake Oroville, CA

April 12, 2015 – Trail Less Traveled Trail Runs

April 6, 2014 – 7th Annual Trail Less Traveled 5K, 1/4 Marathon & ~14-mile

April 7, 2013 – Trail Less Traveled 5K & 1/4 Marathon – Saddle Dam Day Use Area – Lake Oroville, CA

April 1, 2012 – 5th Annual Trail Less Traveled 5K & 1/4 Marathon

April 3, 2011: Trail Less Traveled 5K & 1/4 Marathon

April 4, 2010: 3rd Annual Trail Less Traveled

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41 Responses to “Trail Less Traveled 5K and Quarter Marathon & ~14-Mile Trail Runs”

  1. Mary Jane Harris November 12, 2011 at 11:08 am #


    Are you going to publish more information about the Trail Less Traveled race, like a map of the run, elevation, etc? I am very interested in the race and would like to encourage other’s to join me, but need to know what I am promoting.

    Thanks and have a great day.

    Mary Jane Harris

    • admin November 12, 2011 at 12:24 pm #

      Hi Mary,
      I’ll be updating the page soon so keep checking back. Hope to see you in April!


  2. Kristine November 17, 2011 at 4:54 pm #

    Does any of the money go to charity? I am putting together my 2012 race series and I am making sure that I only run in runs that helps others.

    • admin November 17, 2011 at 7:10 pm #

      Hi, Kristine. Thanks for contacting us. Yes, we donate a portion of our proceeds from all of our events to a local charity. Last year the Trail Less Traveled beneficiary was The Hope Center in Oroville and we are hoping to work with them again this year. As soon as we have a charity confirmed we will announce it. Please let us know if you have additional questions. Happy Training, Nikki

  3. Stephanie February 15, 2012 at 10:35 am #

    Are you going to be doing this race this year? I can’t find much information about it.

    • admin February 15, 2012 at 3:39 pm #

      Hi Stephanie,
      Yes, the Trail Less Traveled is April 1st. There is a link to registration on this page Check the pre-race and race-day tabs under the course map for event information. If you have a question that isn’t answered please let us know.

  4. Dana Miller February 22, 2012 at 12:59 pm #

    Please change Frankie Dean from 5k to the 1/4 marthron….talked her into it!

    • admin February 22, 2012 at 1:41 pm #

      Nice work, Dana! Change made.

  5. Alisa March 14, 2012 at 1:36 pm #

    This is going to my first 5K. What is the difference between a regular shirt and a technical shirt? Sorry that may be a weird question, but I just wanted to know before I registered. Thanks!

    • admin March 14, 2012 at 2:14 pm #

      A very valid question, Alisa, and congratulations on registering for your first 5k! A technical shirt is a moisture wicking running shirt. The cotton shirts get very heavy when they absorb sweat and hold on to that moisture for a long time. The tech shirts allow the sweat to pass through the fabric and evaporate quickly. You’ll quickly notice the difference the first time you wear a technical shirt. I hope that helps and we’ll see you on the 1st!

  6. Chase March 27, 2012 at 11:14 am #

    Are we still running if it rains? We’re stoked if this turns into a mud run!

    • admin March 27, 2012 at 12:41 pm #

      Of course we’re running if it rains! Muddy trails, here we come!

      • Chase March 27, 2012 at 12:42 pm #


  7. Dana Miller March 29, 2012 at 9:41 am #

    Ran the trail yesterday, not “too” muddy but that could change….Will there be mileposts at each mile? It should be fun…..It WILL be fun!!

    • admin March 30, 2012 at 9:03 am #

      Hi Dana, with a full day of rain tomorrow, who knows what we’ll have on Sunday! Should be fun! We will have mile markers on both courses.

  8. Josh April 2, 2012 at 7:25 am #

    Will the results for this race be posted in the post race section?

    • admin April 2, 2012 at 8:04 am #

      Yep, it’s now updated!

  9. Chris March 2, 2013 at 2:32 pm #

    Is the 5k only for runners or are you also welcoming walkers? Thinking about signing up with my kids, but I don’t want to be the only walker.

    • admin March 9, 2013 at 12:29 pm #

      Hi Chris,
      There will be other walkers! It’s a beautiful trail, I’m sure the kids would love it!

  10. cj March 9, 2013 at 8:11 am #

    Hi, was wondering if you know of any longer trail events in this area?

    • admin March 9, 2013 at 12:28 pm #

      Hi CJ, currently there are not any other organized trail event in the area, with the exception of mountain bike rides (visit Lobo at for more information those). However, we are planning a longer distance for the 2014 Trail Less Traveled, something in the neighborhood of 13-15 miles, as well as another possible long distance trail run. We’ll keep you posted on those activities. Thanks for asking!

      • Scott March 12, 2013 at 8:36 pm #

        See you on Sunday.

        • admin March 13, 2013 at 6:11 am #

          We’re trying to maintain the element of surprise, Scott 🙂 You’ll certainly be the first to know.

    • Scott March 12, 2013 at 8:34 pm #


      Email me sometime and I can can show you 50 miles of trail around Lake O. There are lots of sweet routes if you know where to look!


  11. Randi April 15, 2013 at 12:19 am #

    When will the results for 2013 be up or where can I find them?

  12. Laura Filbeck December 22, 2013 at 3:53 pm #

    Do you think the Trail Less Traveled will be in the California half/full marathon Series. It would be great to bring people to Oroville for the series.

    • admin January 5, 2014 at 4:39 pm #

      Hi, I believe you got in touch with us via email regarding your question…but the course has to be a half marathon to qualify for the CA Half/Full Marathon series. Thanks!

      • Laura Filbeck January 5, 2014 at 8:57 pm #

        I sent a facebook message to the CA series and they are sending me a form so I can run trail less traveled since it is over the half marathon miles. They also told me to have you email them via their web page and they can get you in the series. I told them the course was over 13.1 because of being a trail and the turn around point. Hopefully you do not mind that I asked them if the race could qualify because I really want to run this course.
        Thank you a bunch for all you do.

  13. stacy December 24, 2013 at 5:02 am #

    could you please tell me how many miles the quarter marathon is?

    thank you.

    • admin January 5, 2014 at 4:38 pm #

      Hi, The quarter marathon is 6.55 miles.

  14. Christina March 2, 2014 at 5:29 am #

    Are walkers still welcome on the 1/4 marathon? I’d like to do more distance then the 5K. 🙂

    • admin March 10, 2014 at 11:43 am #

      Yes, walkers are welcome on the 1/4 Marathon course! Hope to see you out there!

  15. Russell Michael March 6, 2014 at 7:20 pm #

    When will you be releasing the 14 mile course map?

    • admin March 10, 2014 at 11:42 am #

      Hi there,
      We have added Part 2 to the 14-mile course above. Participants will cover the Quarter Marathon course first and then head over Saddle Dam into Loafer Creek.

      Hope to see you out there!

  16. Kevin April 7, 2015 at 8:48 am #

    I have a silly question. How do I get there from Chico. Do I just turn on Kelly ridge road and then It’ll pop out at me or what? It’s kind of hard to determine from the map, as well as googling saddle dam day use area. Thanks for any help you can provide! Looking forward to it!!

    • admin April 7, 2015 at 9:42 am #

      Hi Kevin,
      I agree, it is difficult to find on a map but super easy to find in person! Yes, just turn left on Kelly Ridge Road from Hwy 162 and it will magically appear on the ride side. And we’ll have a banner at the road to make it even easier to find!

      See you Sunday!

  17. Haley March 6, 2016 at 12:22 pm #

    Hi there, I would like to register for this run. Can you please send the link for registration?

  18. Jordy March 9, 2016 at 1:37 am #

    The register now link is broken and won’t let me register.

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