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Olmstead Trail

 3.1 (20)

9.1 Miles 14.6 Kilometers


15%

Singletrack

917' 279 m

Ascent

-914' -279 m

Descent

4%

Avg Grade (2°)

17%

Max Grade (10°)

1,622' 494 m

High

1,270' 387 m

Low

Shared By Paul Rogers

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

Paul Rogers

Dogs Unknown

Features -none-

HORSES!! Be aware of equestrian staging and please respect the rules of the trail (yield to all other users)!

Overview

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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Oct 7, 2018
Elisabeth Doody
Some rocky climbing. Beware of horseback riders. 9.1mi
Sep 13, 2018
Alan Blanding
Jun 23, 2018
Jonathan Radin
The steep sections are tougher than rated I thought. Gorgeous. Trail. Would be better if it wasn’t 100 degrees out 8mi
Jun 1, 2018
Lester Robancho
Feb 13, 2018
Julie Fuller
Lots of fun. Saw maybe 5 horse/riders and 1 runner. Nothing technical. We went in a counterclockwise loop. Not a lot of trail markers out by the ponds 6.9mi
Dec 4, 2017
Joshua Thompson
Oct 15, 2017
Ben C
Good ride. 1st 2 miles were really dusty on the trail. Easy with the exception of 2 really steep climbs. 10.7mi — 1h 22m
May 7, 2017
Erik Silva
Rode CCW

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