Olmstead Trail

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8.4 Miles 13.4 Kilometers


15%

Singletrack

647' 197 m

Ascent

-643' -196 m

Descent

1,553' 473 m

High

1,268' 387 m

Low

3%

Avg Grade (2°)

14%

Max Grade (8°)

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Beautiful rolling hills, scattered oaks and ponds, with easy going, wide open trails

Paul Rogers

Overview

HORSES!! Be aware of equestrian staging and please respect the rules of the trail (yield to all other users)!
This trail is also known as the Cool Race Loop, which is an annual race held on this very trail. Fun race, cool organizers, and a family fun kind of atmosphere.

Need to Know

Beware of an exposed creek crossing. Additionally, there are other small areas that tend to hold water after precipitation events.

The main parking/staging area is just behind the fire station in the town of Cool. There is a parking fee, but down the road is a FREE parking area (see map).

Description

This trail is not technical AT ALL. The only difficult aspects of this trial are its distance, elevation gain and a few steep sections that tend to be rutted. The surface is mostly hard-packed doubletrack and fire road. Be forewarned however, some trails lead to nowhere, were made by cows, or lead to private property (gates and signs), so be aware.

The summer months can get hella-hot, so this trail is ideally ridden in the winter. Be prepared with a downloaded or printed map to stay on course, it's not incredibly intuitive to follow. Here's why: Any trail leading off and down to the American River drops very sharply in elevation and will require a serious repayment to get back up (1000+ feet in a bit over a mile). And, all the trails leading off on the north end that head toward the confluence, are off limits to bikes.

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May 7, 2017
Erik Silva
Rode CCW
Mar 4, 2017
Nate Miller
Pretty wet, slow pedaling. Very boggy on any valley or flat area. Some trees down on the river side. 6.5mi — 1h 00m
Apr 3, 2016
Jennifer Parisi
Super muddy, chain popped off 3 times, didn't make steep hill. 9.3mi
Feb 28, 2016
Jous Jous
Nov 27, 2015
Mike Schmeiske
Only saving grace in this trail complex is the single track, which has fun moments of sweeping turns and okay climbs throughout. Still a pretty trail 14.1mi — 1h 40m
Mar 9, 2014
kari logwood

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