Olmstead Loop Trail

MODERATE 68 reviews

Olmstead Loop Trail is a 8.2 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Cool, California that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
8.2 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
705 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

fishing

hiking

mountain biking

trail running

walking

horseback riding

lake

wild flowers

muddy

It was fun, moderately easy, pretty scenery. We did some modifications to keep it to 5 miles and it was a great morning adventure.

hiking
2 days ago

horseback riding
26 days ago

28 days ago

Long flat trail. Other than getting your miles in on higher ground, there are better scenic options in the area.

1 month ago

awesome!

1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
2 months ago

Prepare to get dirty, it was pretty muddy throughout the whole hike. Knickerbocker Creek at around the halfway point had a good flow of water so we took our shoes off to cross. The trail shown on this website is not the actual trail. There is a map of the trail when you get here. I strongly suggest thinking pictures of the trail map for reference. My GPS tracked me at around 10 miles from start to finish. *Caution: Watch out for Rattlesnakes!*

hiking
2 months ago

2 months ago

We hiked about 30 minutes in and the trail was washed out by creek. Had to turn around. Beautiful area.

2 months ago

Great spring hike

2 months ago

mountain biking
3 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

3 months ago

3 months ago

It was pretty difficult for me to follow the trail as the markings weren't very clear and I'm not an experienced hiker (I would have been in trouble if it weren't for the GPS on here). I ended up going a slightly different route than what's mapped out here, which, I learned, isn't the actual Olmstead Loop trail. The hills weren't that bad and I'm not super fit or anything. The trail is incredibly muddy and watery at the moment.. I only fell once(: plenty of horses, bikers, and dogs. Also, be sure to bring sun protection as the beginning and end of the trail aren't shaded.

mountain biking
3 months ago

4 months ago

4 months ago

fun trail. trail head isn't marked. it is located off to the left of where the horses are off loaded. crazy muddy right now but can see this being a great hike when you can navigate the streams. saw a midsized cat about a hundred yards out down in a canyon area. would say it was maybe a bob cat? not sure not did I feel like making friends with out an weapon. not sure my hiking poles would have helped.

4 months ago