Explore the most popular dogs on leash trails near Cool with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

on Training Hill

7 hours ago

great hike! perfect balance for a good workout and not too long as well. after the first mile, its easy. Depending on fitness, would rate it as moderate to high.

hiking
8 days ago

What a lovely nature hike this trail was! The trail is easy to lose, and my husband and I found ourselves turned around here and there, but it was in those moments that we stumbled on a lizard, a garter snake, a turtle poking its head out of a lake, a gorgeous lakeside trail, puddles full of tadpoles, and the sweetest duck couple paddling through what looked to be a small man made canal. There’s little ponds and streams everywhere and two big, gorgeous lakes, all teeming with various creatures. I don’t think I’ve ever seen this much life on a hike actually. And the hills are rolling with greenery and wildflowers. Really enjoyed this hike!

trail running
10 days ago

Perfect training hill! This is steep and gets your blood pumping.

The trail is a lot longer than it says. Loved the hike. The trail is very confusing at times. Just get lost in the adventure, you won’t regret it! Just be careful of ticks.

hiking
25 days ago

Great trail! I love the challenge going up Training Hill and then the Loop is easy! In the Spring there are nice little waterfalls along the way!

hiking
27 days ago

One of my group’s go-to trails for incline training. We always do it counterclockwise (steep hill first) and the easy decline after you reach the top never gets old. The trail is easy to follow. Watch out for poison oak!

Decent short hike for a workout! Climb up the steep hill and then easy hike back. Weather is good today for a hike. The trail is green with wildflower and butterflies!

good challenging hike for the first half mile or so, and then it levels out and starts to descend towards the end of the trail. there are 4 waterfalls on the trail you can't miss them. best time to go would be in March when it is raining.

great trail! If you chose to hike counterclockwise the first mile or so is definitely a straight up hike with very little level ground to recover on. Once you do reach the top of the hill it is smooth sailing from there. Today was my second time hiking it and it was a beautiful time of the year to explore up there, not too many people and I did encounter snake.

Really lovely area, nice and shaded on most parts. Only issue was that the route is confusing and it is longer than mentioned here, took about four hours for myself to complete. Saw some super cute salamanders in a stream and some great views of the canyon and river. Great workout as well! Excellent!

hiking
2 months ago

It's a pretty nice trail! Did the full loop this morning. Took me 4 hours to hike the whole thing. It was pretty muddy. The trail seemed like a small creek at some parts! Be prepared to bring some good hiking shoes for this! The trail is marked out fairly well. A few of the mile markers are scratched off though. There was maybe two times thy I had to take a minute to figure out where I was going but it was fairly easy to figure out. Views are decent, nothing too crazy. But overall, a solid hike! Just wish it wasn't so muddy.

hiking
2 months ago

Great trail... straight up...

hiking
2 months ago

A really tough hike that’ll get you ready for fire season.

2 months ago

I got a good sweat in and beautiful views.

2 months ago

Great hill for a workout. Very steep starting out, then rolling hills afterwards.

hiking
2 months ago

The best workout/training trail. I will usually take it to the top of the hill and turn around and do the descent on Pig Farm (easier on the knees). Get to the trailhead either early on the weekends or late in the afternoon (parking is a bitch but worth it).

hiking
2 months ago

Different from most trails I've hiked, but I enjoyed it. Did the entire trail and loved the views.

trail running
3 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

Great hike...lots of different options...very beautiful views

Beautiful walk in the mossy woods. Never did see the waterfall. Only had to backtrack once. Went counter clockwise. Maine Bar trail was extremely steep and even though it was tough going up, I would not want to go down it. Highly recommend this one.

hiking
3 months ago

I think that the reviews that consider this easy maybe run this thing backwards lol.

3 months ago

It gets really steep at some spots. Can’t wait until it dries up a bit so it isn’t as hard to run down.

hiking
3 months ago

Beautiful! Did this hike in February when it hadn’t rained in a while, great trail conditions with only a few muddy places here and there. There’s a few cutoffs also if you want to make the loop shorter. Can’t wait to go do this loop again!

Very technical and steep at parts. You’ll want hiking poles and an offline map downloaded. The trail can be hard to track at times and there’s a ton of off shoot trails. Would be an awesome summer hike to take a dip in the river.

Technical, beautiful but a bit muddy.

We started at the bridge that crosses the American River and headed towards Cool. A little drizzly today with some fog but it made it kind of spooky cool. The trees that cover the trail kept us from getting more rained on. Got up to the parking area in Cool and took a little break and headed back down. Great trail!

Pretty trail but definitely more for bikers! They were all polite and gave us heads up when there us when there were more bikers behind them. There was one guy running the trail but other then that we were the only ones hiking.
Even though it’s mid January there were lots of ticks ready to latch on, luckily we noticed them on my dog right away before they attached. That being said, don’t stray off the path at all into the grass

hiking
4 months ago

Really nice trail to get the heart pumping!

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