Trail running is often lauded for its simplicity: just grab your shoes and go. But there's also a lot to learn.

What gear to use?
How to properly fuel and hydrate?
How to tackle technical terrain?
How to handle safety and navigation in the mountains?

How to Trail Run is Trail Runner's answer to these questions, and more. This special section of our website is designed as a resource for new and experienced trail runners alike, whether you're brushing up on technique or gathering the tools to get out on the trails for the first time.


We would like to thank our fantastic writers who contributed to this project—David Roche, Doug Mayer, Alex Kurt and Yitka Winn—and Randall Levensaler, Trail Runner's Art Director and the How to Trail Run photographer.

Brian Metzler

The founding editor of Trail Runner and now a contributing editor, Brian has been fortunate to run trails and races in more than 20 countries on five continents, but he prefers running on mountain routes in Colorado.

He is a 2018 Leadman finisher, has run up and down 30 Colorado 14ers and also has an affinity for the quirky sport of pack-burro racing. His all-time favorite race is the Never Summer 100K, although finishing the CCC 100K in Chamonix is a really close second. His favorite post-run beer is White Rascal from Avery Brewing Co.