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Best trails in Cool

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Looking for a great trail near Cool, California? AllTrails has 16 great hiking trails, trail running trails, mountain biking trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. If you're looking for the best trails around South Yuba River State Park, we've got you covered. You'll also find some great local park options, like Auburn State Recreation Area or Sly Park Recreation Area. Ready for some activity? There are 10 moderate trails in Cool ranging from 2.8 to 12.8 miles and from 600 to 1,781 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
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Map of trails in Cool
Top trails (16)
#1 - Clementine Trail to Clark's Pool
Auburn State Recreation Area
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Length: 4.5 mi • Est. 2 h 17 m
As of June 2020 (COVID 19), all trails and vehicular access is open. Upper Lake Clementine is still closed. Parking is available at various locations. Please check with the park for current conditions and parking: https://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=502 Note: There is a $10 parking fee at the lot. Lake Clementine Trail leads to the spot where the North Fork Dam meets the rocks for an outstanding view of cascading water. Trail passes under the tallest bridge in California, Foresthill Bridge. The waterfall is absolutely amazing. There are rarely any people at the base of the falls but there is an abundance of poison oak so you need to be careful. Another good feature about this hike is about a quarter of a mile into the hike you pass by Clark's Pool - a fairly popular swimming hole. Despite being in the middle of the river, it is actually quite warm and very refreshing - especially since the first half of the hike is totally unshaded and gets rather hot. Dogs are not allowed at Lake Clementine.Show more
#2 - Training Hill
Auburn State Recreation Area
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Length: 4.5 mi • Est. 2 h 32 m
#3 - American Canyon Trail Loop
Auburn State Recreation Area
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Length: 6.4 mi • Est. 3 h 32 m
Please note there is very limited parking on the road and no parking lot. Show more
#4 - Rim Trail via Olmstead Loop Trail
Auburn State Recreation Area
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Length: 8.2 mi • Est. 3 h 42 m
#5 - The Cool to Canyon Loop Trail
Auburn State Recreation Area
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Length: 5.9 mi • Est. 3 h 5 m
Users have reported that the parking lot fills up on weekends, so arrive early!Show more
#6 - North Fork of the American River Lake Clementine Trail
Auburn State Recreation Area
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Length: 2.8 mi • Est. 1 h 38 m
As of June 2020 (COVID 19), all trails and vehicular access is open. Upper Lake Clementine is still closed. Parking is available at various locations. Please check with the park for current conditions and parking: https://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=502 Note: this trail does not go to the the lower lake Clementine Dam. You can drive on Lake Clementine Rd to access the Dam. Show more
#7 - American Canyon to Wendell T Robie Loop
Auburn State Recreation Area
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Length: 5 mi • Est. 2 h 40 m
#8 - Lakeview Connector Trail
Auburn State Recreation Area
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Length: 7.4 mi • Est. 3 h 35 m
#9 - Training Hill Loop via Rim Trail and Olmstead Loop
Auburn State Recreation Area
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Length: 15.1 mi • Est. 7 h 36 m
#10 - Wendell T. Robie Trail
Cool, California
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Length: 4.8 mi • Est. 2 h 28 m
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