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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.

Length 4.5 mi Elevation gain 1,062 ft Route type Loop

Dogs on leash

Hiking

Nature trips

Bird watching

Running

Forest

Views

Wild flowers

Wildlife

Scramble

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Al Jeian Quimsing
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Hiking

considering that it was a hot day I thought it was going to be a hard one. Cute trail over all.

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Jesse Givens
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Hiking

Dope trail

Kathy Pear
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Hiking

This is THE one if incline is your thing! Been here several times and will always be a fave on my list. Starts out at the gate EASY and slowly inclines midway and gets pretty steep right when you begin the trail and is def an intense hike. If walking simply is hiking for you, this will not be your favorite lol. This trail is extremely easy to find trail with markings and signs with plenty of parking if you come early enough as there are multiple trails that share the same parking vicinity. So come early!! The parking is also FREE so that’s also a plus for me. Bring lots of water, start early and all should be good. This trail LOOPS - just remember to always keep left whenever the trail splits.

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Val Phillips
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Hiking

Trail is a great trail great uphills, lots of runners, and I saw lots of TP Please Leave no trace, take it out ladies or use a Pee rag

Melonie Queen
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Hiking

Awesome hike. Lots of shade to take a breath and recover.

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nancy thip
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This trail is no joke.. goes straight into an incline and feels like it doesn't end. You'll turn a corner and there's another incline. A hiker on her way down whispered "it doesn't end".. haha. After we knocked down the uphill incline, the rest was easy compared to that torture. However, we never regret a great workout. Hung out in the waters after the hike. Finished 2L of water on this trip, it was a hot day too.

J F.
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HikingRocky
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Tee M.
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Hiking

It’s hard but definitely doable if you are active. I’ve been on harder, but do not attempt if you do not work out or hike on a regular basis. About 2 miles of incline. Not overgrown. I went at 6:30a on a Sunday. No shade for about a mile but that’s it.

Brian Parrotte
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Hiking

Great workout. Starts aggressive with the steep hike, but once at the top pretty easy. I went about noon on a weekday, temperature was already close to 90, and soon after I started I realized I left my water in the car. Still, I was able to do the trail, plus a little extra at the top. I consider myself only in decent shape, nothing impressive, and mid-50s. So if I can do it maybe give it a try. My chosen time as bad time as far as heat, but best time for solitude. Very peaceful, I didn't see another soul the whole time. If you go exploring and take some of the smaller trails at the top like I did, recommend pants and bug spray. Trails can be narrow and you will be brushing against plants.

Michael Morotti
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6.1 today. Tough hills tempered with killer views. Great run but not for the faint at heart. You should probably be in good shape when you tackle this.

Josanne English
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HikingRocky
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Taylor Bothe-Yates
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Hiking

Always incredible! Thank god it’s open

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Greg Olmsted
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Hiking

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.

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V ita
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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.

Teresa M.
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HikingRocky

Strong!

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Julia Boyko
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HikingRocky

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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Stephanie M
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HikingRocky

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 :)

Murali G
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HikingRocky

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.

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Anthony W.
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Hiking

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.

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alex valenzuela
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Hiking

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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Robert Moreno
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Hiking

Added the pig trail loop

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Nicole Robinson
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Jake Potts
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Hiking

Climb up, roll down, repeat.

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Bonnie P.
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Hiking

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.

Robin R.
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Horseback ridingMuddyRocky

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

Alexandra Baron
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Hiking

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

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Archi Archival
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HikingRocky
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Donna Ramsey
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Hiking

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.

Brad Elder
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Hiking

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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