Olmstead Loop Trail

MODERATE 100 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
587 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

fishing

hiking

horseback riding

mountain biking

trail running

walking

lake

views

wild flowers

muddy

rocky

1 day ago

hiking
2 days ago

Great hike...lots of different options...very beautiful views

hiking
15 days ago

Beautiful! Did this hike in February when it hadn’t rained in a while, great trail conditions with only a few muddy places here and there. There’s a few cutoffs also if you want to make the loop shorter. Can’t wait to go do this loop again!

hiking
1 month ago

Came on a January afternoon several days after a rain. Some sections of the trail were muddy but passable. Good thing we brought a change of shoes and socks. Some of the creeks were also swollen. Crossing them was a challenge. Bring $10 for the Iron Ranger if you don't have a park pass. Saw several horses on the trail. Watch out for their droppings. Lots of trail options. Not many people on the trail. They were all in the canyon chasing waterfalls. I used the AllTrails app to find our way since many of the signs are worn. Ultimately we started south on Olmstead Loop and then used some of the interior trails create a 3 mile loop. Two port-a-potties in hiking parking area and 2 vault toilets in the horse staging area. We'll be back to do more exploring. Must be beautiful in the Spring.

hiking
1 month ago

The trail is not well marked, and the routes saved by others on the app don’t look right to me. I’d highly recommend stopping at one of the state ranger stations for a map of the Auburn SRA so that you have something to follow. Bring $10 for the self-pay parking - the rangers check the lot frequently and according to one I spoke to, they write a lot of tickets.

2 months ago

Great easy trail, with limited markings. Crosses a few different trail paths. But overall a nice light 8 mike trek!

hiking
3 months ago

Bring a crisp 10 dollar bill and if you bring a hiking buddy, they must be comfortable encountering horses.

hiking
3 months ago

The horse riders were so kind and the park ranger was helpful. The trail was clean and the views were phenomenal. My only disappointment was the signs wet faded and it was really hard for me to figure out which trail to take when I met a fork in the road. It was beautiful!

mountain biking
3 months ago

DO NOT MOUNTAIN BIKE HERE, unless you’re a professional and have a helmet. This trail is best for horseback riding or people looking for a long hike with all sorts of terrain. The trail is very rocky and easy to get lost on so be sure to have a map to follow. Scenery is beautiful though :)

mountain biking
4 months ago

$10 to park. Unless you park down the road. Good trail with rolling hills that is smooth for the most part. A few rocky sections and a steep part that goes down to the creek. I got about half way through the loop and there were no more signs. I just kept to the right (did trail clock-wise) and wound up back at the trail head. One deep creek section.

walking
6 months ago

With the ticks so bad this year, we are back to the road and off the trails for a while. The road is filled with lovely views of the Sierras, Folsom lake, and downtown Sac. A nice morning walk for us and the dog.

horseback riding
7 months ago

it was a smooth trail not many rocks but not really an exciting horseback ride. a lot of sun and not a lot of tree shade

hiking
7 months ago

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

8 months ago

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

9 months ago

awesome!

hiking
9 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!*

10 months ago

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

10 months ago

Great spring hike

11 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.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

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.

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