Wondering what you're going to do on Valentine's Day? Well, if you don't get a better offer, come and join your fellow hikers for lunch up at the American River Pizza in Cool.
Assuming the weather is good, there is an outside patio in the sun, well suited for a cool beer, or plate of something tasty. Plus, our 4 legged friends can also sit out there with us.
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.
You don't have to eat or drink at the restaurant. You can certainly bring your own snacks if you prefer. However, they do offer a salad bar, burgers, and sandwiches if you're not a fan of pizza.
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).