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Moonlight hike - Training Hill to Cool for pizza and Karaoke

Oh, the weather outside is biting
And the moon is up there lighting
And since we've no place to bike
Let's go hike, let's go hike, let's go hike!

We will hike from the American River confluence to American River Pizza in Cool. We'll end up at the Milestone Saloon where we can have fun with Karaoke.

Hike up Training Hill (.9 miles of strenuous ascent on dirt and rocks). Regroup at the top of the hill. At this time, you may order food from American River Pizza. I will have menus available. We will continue to Cool via the Olmstead Loop. At American River Pizza, you may eat there or take your food to go to Milestone Saloon, where they have Karaoke. Leave the saloon at 10-10:30 p.m. and return on the Wendell T. Robie trail back to the confluence. This is a loop hike. We will not go back down the hill.

Please don't make this your first hike ever.

Singing while hiking is encouraged! It helps keep the critters at bay. This is the time to practice your Karaoke.

Suggested items to bring: Bug repellent; headlamp or flashlight (pointed down, please), but we prefer to use straight moonlight as much as possible; lots of water.

Wear good hiking boots and comfortable clothes. Poles are recommended.

Dogs okay, if you don't mind tying them up outside the establishments. All other rules for dogs apply.

If athletes get athletes foot, what do astronauts get?

Suggested gas money for your driver: $4 (don't forget this)

~7 miles total

6:00 p.m. - Meet at Sunsplash Park and Ride (Taylor/Atlantic exit), leave promptly at 6:10. Carpooling as much as possible is recommended as there is limited free parking by the trailhead.

6:40 pm - Meet at the trailhead (directions below)

7:30 pm - Regroup at the top of Training Hill (those who wish can order food, I have menus)

8:30 pm - Arrive at the restaurant - OPTIONAL: You may get your food to go and proceed to the saloon. Once at the saloon, get your song requests in as soon as possible!

10 - 10:30 pm - Leave the saloon - we will all decide when, but no later than 10:30. (The saloon's clock is on bar time, which is about 10 minutes fast.)

11:30 p.m. - Estimated ending time back at the confluence, but don't be scared, we'll be together!

12 a.m. - Estimated time back at Sunsplash

I-80 east to Auburn

Exit Elm, go 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

Meet at the green gate (#150)

A: Missile toe!

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  • Chico O ✌

    Love doing this. I always have so much fun. Thanks shannon and every one who came!

    December 22, 2013

  • Janet

    Soooo much fun!!!

    December 21, 2013

  • Bertman 🐢.

    What a great time that was!

    December 21, 2013

  • Susan

    silly chilly hearty party prancing dancing singing and ringing...thank you, Chico and Shannon for all you do!

    December 21, 2013

  • Laurie R

    Lots of fun!!! Thank you Chico for organizing.

    December 21, 2013

  • Kelli L.

    Thanks for the great hike and all the laughs!

    December 21, 2013

  • Janet P

    Had a great time! I'm ready for the next one!

    December 21, 2013

  • Sherpa H.

    So much fun ...good food,good spirits,good music,good dancing,good friends....good singing???? Nice weather and holiday cheers...nice way to end 2013. Crazy hikers. ; )

    1 · December 21, 2013

  • Christina J

    I'm still at work so I'll have to meet you all at the bar.

    1 · December 20, 2013

  • Chico O ✌

    I'm wearing my Santa hat. If you've got one, bring it!

    December 20, 2013

  • Kelli L.

    I'm back in!

    December 20, 2013

  • Chico O ✌

    Sorry for those of you who are under the weather. Get well and we'll do this again next year!

    December 20, 2013

  • Kristin D.

    Sorry, scratched. I can't wait to do this, but can't afford a cold or twisted ankle right now. Have fun!

    December 20, 2013

  • Bob B.

    ...and I've had something all week. My congested lungs won't get me up Training Hill, much less singing karaoke!

    December 19, 2013

  • Carolyn G.

    Feel like I am coming down with something. Maybe next time!

    December 19, 2013

  • chris k.

    damn Chico..thought I would make this one,..late appt Friday will prevent me from hiking...have fun.

    December 19, 2013

  • Hengameh M.

    Sorry I had to back out. I am working late on Friday and don't think I can make it.

    December 17, 2013

  • Diana

    We hiked training hill last night. The ice and snow have melted quite a bit since Saturday. The trail only had a couple spots on it that i expect will not be there by Friday unless the temp drops and it snows again. I am sure Chico will keep an eye on the weather and if needed will cancel. At the point I think everyone needs to select your tunes and look forward to another fun moonlight hike.

    December 17, 2013

  • Israel C


    December 13, 2013

  • Courtney C.

    Chico- would it be alright if my friend comes with me? She will be in town that night and its something we would both like to do. Thank you.

    December 13, 2013

    • Chico O ✌

      Courtney, fine with me. Thanks for asking.

      December 14, 2013

  • Susan

    This could be HiCo's Holiday party...just saying...

    1 · November 22, 2013

  • Chico O ✌

    Ho ho ho!

    November 20, 2013

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