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

    Snowballs! & Sunshine !! Good people & good times. Thanks for a great FRiday.

    1 · December 15, 2013

  • Jan

    Thanks for the info on the brewpub. I will be starting a little earlier and meet you at the top. I won't be going on to Cool. I have to take Jordan as he hasn't had many walks this week and as you may guess that makes him CRAZY

    December 12, 2013

    • Kathy

      Just a thought. I heard the patio is dog friendly even if the clients are inside. Would Jordan do ok out there by himself for a while?

      December 12, 2013

    • Carla

      If it is indeed warm enough, we can all sit outside. It's just hard to know at this point, as I see snow on my driveway!

      December 13, 2013

  • Carla

    Hey gang, I just called the brew pub and gave them a heads up this time that we're coming for lunch and asked for an inside table this time. It's hard to know how cold it will be up there tomorrow, but it'll probably be chillier than last time. Also, be forewarned, there may still be some snow on the trail - I was at Cardiac yesterday and there was still a fair amount on the upper parts....Brghhhh....

    December 12, 2013

    • Jan

      There was snow in the shady areas along the canal today and mud

      December 12, 2013

    • Beatrice

      I'll bring poles then.

      December 12, 2013

  • Beatrice

    Is there anyone from Folsom who wants to ride share?

    December 12, 2013

  • DOC

    Hey, Anyone what to ride share? Coming out of Elk Grove? Doc

    December 12, 2013

  • barbara j.

    Is your pace moderate fast or moderate slow.

    December 7, 2013

    • Carla

      Hi Barbara, I would say moderate fast, but it depends on the participants. Come along and try it, I'm sure you'll have fun.

      December 7, 2013

    • Wes H.

      There is generally at least one straggler (me) on these Friday hikes. I walk more slowly to keep sparks from flying off my boots and setting grassfires.

      1 · December 10, 2013

  • Carla

    Don't we always have fun? I always do, even though my feet beg to tell me otherwise at the end.

    C U guyz on Friday!

    December 10, 2013

  • Nan

    Doubtful, Sherpa. When you combine exercise, outdoors, & good friends ... and beer... not usually a good outcome. sadly.

    December 10, 2013

  • Sherpa H.

    will we have fun?

    December 10, 2013

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