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FLIPPIN' FRIDAY - Lunch at Cool Beerwerks - 7 Miles R/T Intermediate - ADV/INT

A local brew in Cool?  Yes, that does sound cool, and what better way to enjoy it than to hike over there with a group of cool, like minded people?

Let's meet at the Confluence area in front of gate # 150 at 9.30am. See directions below.

We'll hike up the Pointed Rocks Trail, aka Training Hill (1 mile strenuous) and then continue to Cool via the Olmstead Loop.

Cool Beerwerks is a new brew pub that just recently opened near the Subway store.  It opens at 11am, and apparently offers Cool beer, alongside of other micro brews.  Oh, food is also an option!  Here's the Facebook page for it:

You don't have to eat or drink at the brew pub, btw. 

After our little respite, we can either return on the Wendell T. Robie trail back to the confluence, or cross over 49 and come back down along the Quarry Trail...Let's decide on the day after we see how much time we have left.

This hike will be approx 7 miles roundtrip with the first mile being strenuous, but it'll work up a thirst for a beer sampling!

*** Please, please, if you haven't hiked much before or are just getting into it, don't attempt this hike.  Training Hill is not recommended for beginners.  It's extremely gnarly...This crew usually hikes at at least a 3 mile an hour pace.  If you want to start early on the hill and meet us at the top, that's fine.  We usually arrive around 10.15am at the peak of Training Hill.  Just let me know in your RSVP**

Directions to trailhead: Trailhead is on Hwy 49, 1¾ miles south of ASRA Park Headquarters.

I-80 east to Auburn Exit Elm

Left on Elm

Left on 49 (High Street)

Cross Lincoln Way down into canyon

Follow 49 right over bridge towards Cool

Park immediately after bridge on right side of road.

Shoulder parking in front of green gate # 150.

What to bring: Layers (jackets, t-shirts etc), sturdy shoes, water, snacks, walking poles, $$ for beer/food if partaking, and a good sense of humor (always required on my hikes).


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  • Nan V

    It was great to get back in the GROOVE with Flippin Friday - and thanks Carla for a great hike & the X-tra bonus of a brew before noon !!! Ended up swimming in the river after...ahhhhh......

    September 15, 2013

  • Sandy

    Good hike with a really nice group, and lunch at Beerwerks was perfect. Thanks Carla

    September 13, 2013

  • Kathy

    Very nice having lunch in the middle of the hike after the grunt work was done. Nice group of people and great leader, as always.

    September 13, 2013

  • Carla

    Thanks everyone for helping me "try out" the new brew pub in Cool.
    It made for a nice change of pace. Fun, fun, fun. We'll add to our regular repertoire of Friday hikes from now on! The IPA was worth the climb!

    September 13, 2013

  • Carla

    Okay...All of you early starters, let's regroup at the top of TH around 10.15 am or so. Otherwise, we'll all be scattered and there'll be no group to hike with. Does that sound good?

    September 13, 2013

  • Craig D.

    Carla. Carol and I will start up the hill when we arrive.

    September 13, 2013

  • Sandy

    I'm going to try and get a head start and will meet you at the top.

    September 13, 2013

  • Jan

    I'm starting early. Don't know if I'll see you at the top or on the way.

    September 12, 2013

    • Carla

      Jan, why don't we plan to meet at the top at 10.15am approx.? Chris too

      September 13, 2013

  • Marsha R

    Sorry have to cancel. See you next time.

    September 12, 2013

  • Laurie L.

    Oh Carla, I can't make it. I do some bookkeeping for a nonprofit and I need to get the financials out tomorrow. Hope to see you next week.

    September 12, 2013

    • Carla

      No worries Laurie, another time.

      September 12, 2013

  • Chris F

    I'll meet you at the top of the Hill - how could I pass up something this Cool on Friday the 13th??

    September 12, 2013

    • Carla

      Sounds good. C U at the top.

      September 12, 2013

  • Richard S.

    Linda & I + Sparky

    September 10, 2013

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