Explore the most popular nature trips 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.

17 hours ago

Feel the burn in the first mile then beautiful trails and streams for loop back. Do it twice cause it's so nice.

1 day ago

Great trail!! Lives up to its name and kicks some butt (in the beginning). Definitely worth the trek as once you make it to the "top" it opens up into a beautiful expanse. There are several other trails to follow that are pretty flat and easy to maneuver. The trail is clean and clear of brush. Saw one dead snake on my run today, but otherwise nothing other than some birds. The grass and trees are all still so green and quite lovely!! Gonna go back again next week!

on Training Hill

3 days 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.

trail running
13 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
28 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
1 month 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

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).

trail running
3 months ago

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.

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!

hiking
4 months ago

Great trail in the heart of the Auburn SRA for a good workout. Came early like the reviews advised and found plenty of parking at the trailhead. It was a steep grade but the fog and the water runoff made the trail muddy and wet. Had to turn off at Pig Farm to shorten the trek due to uncanny weather conditions higher up the hill. Will definitely start using this trail in the warmer months!

Nice walk in the woods, along canyons and waterfalls.

I wouldn’t consider hard.... maybe moderate. Good views!

trail running
4 months ago

This trail was really fun

4 months ago

Best hike I’ve been on yet!

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