Training Hill is a 4.5 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Cool, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, running, nature trips, and bird watching and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 4.5 miles Elevation Gain: 1,062 feet Route Type: Loop

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rocky
5 days ago

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6 days ago

Always incredible! Thank god it’s open

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1 month ago

Same hike as last week; Stagecoach, to Tinker's Cut-Off, to Training Hill, to Cool and back again. We saw a decent sized rattlesnake on Stagecoach, right at the edge of the trail, so watch out! Snakes are frequent on Stagecoach, so I advise staying as close to the center of the trail as possible. Definitely don't walk near the edge of the grass.

1 month ago

Don't bother. *Alert* Citrus Heights police with State Park troopers is writing tickets for every car. Even if you see no signs against parking, you can't park on the side of any road, no parking lots.

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rocky
2 months ago

Strong!

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rocky
2 months ago

This trail definitely lives up to its name. The first mile is the steepest hill I’ve ever climbed. Otherwise, it’s a great hike with some nice views of the Foresthill bridge and just Auburn in general. It was quite rocky though. Felt like I was going to break my ankles a few times

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rocky
3 months ago

The first 1.5 miles is definitely a bun/thigh burner. The rest of the trail is fairly easy.. overall my watched mapped 4.8 miles in total. Can be a bit slick with the rain so watch your footing. My dog loved it, would have probably did a second lap around if he wasn't exhausted. Will be back :)

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rocky
3 months ago

Great weather calls for a return to an old friend. Hiked 2 "laps" on the section of the trail with the greatest inclination (rather than the whole loop). A good start to the hiking season.

hiking
3 months ago

Was a great trail hike. First part was most work. Elevation change of about 1500 feet but all down hill the rest of the way. Clearly marked paths and good for dogs. Will take again.

hiking
4 months ago

Training hill loop. About a mile at 45 degrees with a few intermissions to make you think you’re done. Then a cool down 4 miles to do it again. Top notch.

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4 months ago

Added the pig trail loop

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muddy
5 months ago

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5 months ago

Climb up, roll down, repeat.

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5 months ago

Hiked this trail first time today. I would rate the first mile of steep incline on the hard side of moderate (not hard), we took our time and watched our steps as some parts were a little slippery after all the rain from a few days ago. After you get up to the top the rest of the loop is easy and the views are nice. Will definitely do this hike again but next time may explore some of the other trails connecting to this loop to add more mileage to the trail.

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rocky
5 months ago

Rode the training trail on horseback today. That is a very steep incline. Horses did well. Nice technical trail. Will definitely go again!

hiking
6 months ago

Very strenuous in the beginning but gets flat at the end. I would definitely go it again.

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rocky
7 months ago

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8 months ago

Aptly named, it's a great hill to train for something more challenging. I've yet to try coming down the hill but it doesn't look fun. The hill itself is pretty washed out in places, giving you a choice of walking on bare dirt or chunky rock. Pretty dusty in the summer.

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9 months ago

We do this trail about once a week. Training hill itself is a b*tch to put it bluntly (especially if you aren’t in pretty decent shape). Steep, rocky and washed out badly in places. However the flatter, active recovery spots are well “ placed”. The payoff at the top is worth every ounce of sweat, however. Beautiful views of Folsom Lake and wildflowers galore. If you want to cut off some time from the loop try this tip: After enjoying the views from the top of mountain, turn around and head back down training hill for a few hundred yards then take Pig Farm trail. Vastly different scenery and it leads you back to the loop but cuts off at least 20 minutes.

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rocky
scramble
9 months ago

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rocky
9 months ago

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9 months ago

This trail is roughly half uphill, make sure it’s not your first hike out and bring plenty of water! Otherwise, it’s a beautiful hike :)

hiking
10 months ago

Good for uphill training, went with the pup and a 40lb pack. Go counterclockwise and give yourself a gentle downhill. Clockwise will destroy your knees

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rocky
10 months ago

Was a bit out of shape when i did this trail with my old man. Still was able to finish the trail in a little over 2 hours. Finished off our hike with a jump in the nice cold river. Water was so perfect after a good workout.

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10 months ago

Good incline lots of shade

hiking
10 months ago

It was hard for 1.5 Miles and it was gradually less intense.

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