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Olmstead Loop

Average Rating:    (3.56 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 9

A fun beginner trail that isn't too technical.

This is a multi use trail so watch for horses, horse crap and hikers.

Nice views and wildlife.

One good climb near the middle,back of the trail.
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Latitude
38.88729161549412
Longitude
-121.01886749267578
Trail Directions
Take I-80 towards Auburn. Follow sign to highway 49 south.Follow 49 through the american river valley. When you et to the top of the canyon,you wiil enter the town of Cool. The trail starts behind the fire dpartment on your right.
Trail Length
9 mile loop
Trail Level
Beginner
Trail Type
Singletrack & Fire Roads
City/County
Auburn
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Review Date
December 5, 2005

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: dhouston ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Nice, scenic track. Often competing with equestrian folks. Not to technical or aerobic with exception of middle stretch that is very taxing. Otherwise very moderate uphills, some fun downhills and great views along the way.

Recommended Route:
Counter-clockwise

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Foresthill Divide, Stagecoach (Clementine Loop)



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Review Date
November 28, 2005

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: mjcort27 ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
It a good beginner/int trail with good steep climbs, fast descents, little technical( specially when wet), and some rolling single and doubletracks. We rode this trail last Saturday Nov 26, 2005 ans was glad to have a very excellent workout. Its a 9- mile loop which is shared by equestrians, runners, hikers, and us. Two days prior to our ride it had rained in the area so the trail was wet. Still it presented a fun ride for beginner to intermediate bikers.
However watch for horse poop all over... at times when your so fast and the trail is wet, man the horse poop will be on your face! Its hard to avoid.

Recommended Route:
We did it counter-clockwise.From the trail head it will go parallel to Highway 49 then immediate left on a fireroad uphill,then downhill turn right at the sign. There were a few critical turns but most of them are marked if not just follow the knobby tire marks. At the Knickerbocker creek a steep climb is ahead with some large gaps from erosion, it was very slippery when we got there almost unrideable. A lot of sharp rocks on some downhill my rear tire busted from one of them... after a tube change I was good to go until I got home and noticed that my 3 month old panaracer fire XC pro rear tire was sliced about an inch like razor blade.Luck me after that no more incidents because I have no more tubes left.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
lake clemintine loop, Foresthill, Salmon Falls, Sly Park loop, Latrobe trail loop



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Review Date
June 12, 2005

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Walshman ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
I had heard of Olmstead as a good beginner's trail so I decided to check it out with a friend Sunday 6/12/05. The trail is a multi-use (horses, bikes and runners) 9 mile loop in the town of Cool, next to Auburn, CA. Did the trail counter-clock wise - not much technical stuff, a big climb in the back of the trail (either way clockwise or counter). Some nice fireroad and scenery. Definitley a beginner's trail, takes about half an hour is you know the route I guess. You have to be careful about horses and horse poop. We announced ourselves to the horse riders but the horses STILL got spooked and we got yelled at. Instead of getting mad, we apologized - this is courtesy, ALWAYS respect other people on the trail - don't hurt the image of mountain biking...

Recommended Route:
Counter-clockwise is probably the best, a climb in the back of trail about 3 miles in, watch out for the decent into Knickerbocker Creek and the horse poop everywhere.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Salmon Falls Trail - At Salmon Falls Bridge, 10 miles south of Cool on Salmon Falls Road. (Intermediate, 20 mile ride)



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Review Date
October 23, 2003

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Renata ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
I was a beginner when I did this trail. It was perfect because to provided some difficult with little respites along the way. The scenery is beautiful and I look forward to doing it again as an intermediate rider!



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Review Date
December 22, 2002

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

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Reviewed by: Pete , from Rocklin

Summary:
Good exercise, nice views, not too much thrill for the freeriders out there. If your looking for some action, turn around and drop the culvert etc.... Good work out if thats what your looking for. Do not ride this trail on weekends!

Recommended Route:
start low (west)and travel counter clockwise to finish the ride on a long downhill

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Culvert, Rocky, Clem 1 and 2, cool drop etc. etc.....



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