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The Cool to Canyon Loop Trail is a 5.9 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Cool, California that features a river and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, horses, and mountain biking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 5.9 mi Elevation gain 1,059 ft Route type Loop
Dogs on leash Hiking Horseback riding Mountain biking Forest River Views Wild flowers Wildlife Muddy Over grown Rocky
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Users have reported that the parking lot fills up on weekends, so arrive early!

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Cara Pulley
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Andrew Winn
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Lots of people and I arrived at sunrise. Plus, the trails and views are mediocre, especially for this area. Glad to have completed this trail, but couldn’t wait for it to finish.

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Cara Pulley
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Cliff Maunder
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Awesome as always

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Erik S
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Hiking

Great trail! Very well maintained paths, but you do need to keep your eye on the trail so you don’t take alternate paths. The training hill was a BEAST as usual but it’s very grippy and clean so you don’t have to worry too much about slipping!

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Laura Luong
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Jessi Lowry
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HikingBugsFeeRocky

Pretty good trail. There are some sunny parts but also a fair amount of shaded areas. If you start by turning right (counter-clockwise) you’ll go up Training Hill, which is a long incline and pretty difficult. Also a lot of bugs and not many places to stop and have a picnic lunch. Lots of poison oak so wear long pants (also can help avoid ticks). Overall a good and challenging hike!

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Stephanie M
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HikingBugsFeeRocky

Started at 07:30 glad we did because when we got back to trailhead there was no parking and a ton of horses/runners. There is a $10 parking fee (cash only). We did the trail counter clockwise to get the uphill burn from training hill. Pros: dog friendly, well marked, restrooms Cons: busy after 9, training hill is in middle of loop (I would advise parking at training hill and knocking it out first), ticks! Watch clocked 6.30 miles with a 1,236 elevation gain.

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David Mena
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Great trail! Very well maintained and is wide so great for practicing social distancing.

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Jack Tesar
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Instead of starting at Cool we opted to begin the hike at the bottom of the Training Hill path in order to tackle the elevation first. There is parking along the road but it can be busy on weekends. Training Hill is pretty tough but once you get to the top it flattens out. Some of the trails are labeled and others are not but we had service for most of the hike. Also at the top the trails narrowed and were overgrown so pants may be recommended, as well as this is where you were the most exposed to the sun. We stopped at Cool halfway and restrooms were available (at the head of Knickerbocker trail), and there is also a general store and pizza ;)

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Jennifer Rexroad
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6.14 miles. Mostly flat and shaded. About 3 miles in, there is a 1000 feet elevation gain for the next mile (cardiac hill), then downhill and back to starting point. Nice mellow hike except for the hill.

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anthony mendez
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Cassidy Doulphus
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Hiking

Wear long pants, trail is narrow with over growth. There’s a lot of different paths to take along the way, some lead you to water so you have to back track and go a different route. Hidden gems along the way, pretty views, streams, etc. not much shade in some areas, lots of horse poop.

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Kimberly Miller
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Steep climb if you take the loop counter clockwise. I recommend walking the loop clock wise for an easier hike. Beautiful small waterfalls, views of no hands bridge and America River.

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Greg Olmsted
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Hiking

We started on Russell Rd, went down Stagecoach to Tinker's Cut-Off, up the Training Hill into Cool, then back. Training Hill was slow going, but all in all it was a great hike. All Trails said 10.6 miles, Samsung health said 12.something miles. Who do you believe?

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Crystal Crystal
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HikingRocky

Nice shaded incline to the top. Plenty of trails to merge onto. Reach to the top and it’s a nice straight path. Walking down pretty steep so I’d advise to wear good shoes. Parking is $10 or you can use your park pass. Restrooms super clean!

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Juan Black
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Challenging, but amazing feeling after it’s all over.

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A O
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No poison oak yet. Water running in some places - 2 waterfalls. Took Pig Farm detour. Maidenhair ferns starting to sprout. Late afternoon sunshine across the meadows and through the oak woodland was beautiful. Did it clockwise this time avoid the steep climb on an injured knee.

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Tabitha Worley
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love this trail, I love training for The HEART OF COOL trail run in October. Great event! I usually go from the Fire Station, back down roller coaster, up Training Hill and around Olmstead back to the Fire Station, usually get a good 8 miles in and am always happy when I am done! GREAT workout, watch the heat in warmer months tho :-)

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kent geller
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Brian Murray
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HikingRocky

first time being on this trail, really enjoyed it. I did a part of it due to arriving later in the day, would recommend doing this trail in the morning. fee is $10. I noticed free parking would be by parking at Black hole Calcutta.

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Lucy Montgomery
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First time hiking here two weeks ago. Fair amount of horse back riders. Beautiful trail!

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Kristina McCarty
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The first half (going counterclockwise) is absolutely breathtaking and very easy. When you turn back to head up the mountain, it is definitely a work out. Once you get to the top though, you have amazing views ! Definitely would go back.

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Jeff Summers
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it was great workout!

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A R
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HikingBugs

Great hike! My group hiked this cool and had lunch at the pizza shop before heading back to auburn. There were a lot of mosquitos in certain areas, but the views were great! A lot of different terrain to see. It’s incline pretty much the whole way up and easier on the way back.

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Austin Clark
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