May 23, 2013 · 12:00 PM
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May 23, 13. Thursday: 12 Noon.
Olmstead Loop Trail
Time around 4 hours.
I will wait around till 12: 15 and then head to Cool.
The following is taken from the website at the Auburn State Recreation Area:
Trailhead/Parking: Trailhead and parking are behind the fire station in Cool. Take Highway 49 south to Cool and turn right just before the fire station and blinking red light. This is also the Cool staging area for equestrians. Trailhead is on the south end of the parking area.
This beautiful loop trail, which parallels Hwy 49 on one side and the American River Canyon on the other, passes throughopen, rolling hills with several species of oak trees, and wildflowers in spring. It also includes steep canyon descents and climbs as it crosses Knickerbocker and Salt Creeks. Side trails on the canyon side offerpanoramic views of the North Fork American River and of the Auburn dam construction site. Trail markers have been posted about every half-mile and at most trail intersections.
Bring: 2+ liters of water, snacks, hat, hiking footwear, day pack, suntan lotion, mosquito dope, 10 essentials
Medium to heavy rain cancels. Remember to pay your driver $4/hour of driving time. Estimated driving time, less than an hour round trip.
Contact Person: Laura in the woods home[masked], cell for day of the trip[masked]-3096.