Training Hill

HARD 160 reviews

Training Hill is a 3.8 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Cool, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. 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
3.8 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
997 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

scramble

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hiking
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12 days ago

This is my favorite trail if I want to have a quick steep uphill or downhill training. The hill is about 0.9 mile. The rest of 3.5 miles is mostly flat and in the shade. The trail is popular but not crowded at all.

hiking
13 days ago

Great trail for a exercise. Went up Training Hill and proceeded around the loop then cut up on Pig Farm for another good uphill to where it intersects Training Hill then back down. Total leg workout. Would not be fun in the heat but today was perfect weather, mostly overcast and cool.

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20 days ago

Great workout! Tough first half followed by much easier second half. Not much scenery until latter half of hike. Would do it again!

hiking
20 days ago

Very tough trail, definitely earns its "hard" rating. A great workout but not much of a view. Only good view is actually at the very bottom on the bridge. Mostly shaded though so it's great for the summer. Best to go in the early morning in the summer.

hiking
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26 days ago

If you want a work out, this is it! Prepping for Kilimanjaro and this is my local go-to for this. If you want to go longer, take the Olmstead Loop with this hill and you are guaranteed to be sore the next day.

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trail running
1 month ago

You climb about 1k in .9 mile at the start of this, no switchbacks and some flat/downhill stretches in that section, so the grade can be pretty steep in parts. Great training hill if you are a trail runner, and a blast on the downhill stretch. You can take pig farm trail on the left, partway up if you want to shorten the loop

1 month ago