Thank you for visiting Cool Horse Trails. I want to give you an opportunity to see the staging areas and trails I have cataloged and hope you will revisit as they are updated and new staging areas and trails are added to the site.

 Helpful Tips 
Tip of the week is being replaced by Helpful Tips as I have them. There will be a notice of new tips posted on my facebook page. I hope to post 2-3 tips per month minimum. Some tips will be seasonal reminders and all new tips will be saved in a "tip" link under information and a picture will be added where applicable. Have a good tip? Please email them to coolhorsetrails@gmail.com

Helpful Tip  :  Tick Season is upon us! - Winter seems to be the worst time for ticks. Spray your horse before and after a ride with a spray that repels ticks, if not currently riding spray as needed. Also check your horses for ticks - daily if you can. Don't forget to check yourself too!!

Smart phone app - for all of you with smart phones - check out the Geo Tracker app. It is currently a free download and is a wonderful tool when trail riding. It will show you where you are, track your ride, give you mileage, riding time, speed and elevation.   

Bandit and Heidi at Sacramento Horse Expo June 2012

FYI -  Pt Reyes , Dry Creek and Cowboy Camp coming soon!!! Look for the info pages first, then I will follow up with pictures. 


Don't forget to check out:  Cool Horse Trails facebook page 
- www.facebook.com/CoolHorseTrails  Page will be updated with trail pictures, blogging about rides, updates to web site and other horsey related things. Check it out!

FYI - more pictures of Running I Ranch coming soon

 - coming soon, more pictures of Negro Bar, Sugar Pine Trail (Winchester) and Hidden falls - the new  section. 

This website originally came about because two friends who like to ride, Heidi and Patty decided it would be cool to share some of the neat places they ride with other people.  The friendship and countless enjoyable hours of trail riding together began in 1994 and was the catalyst for the creation of this web site. There are so many wonderful trails available in the Cool/Divide area and throughout Northern California. The goal is to try to provide the type of information needed by horseback riders and hikers that will encourage you to get out and try new places. The emphasis will be on staging areas, the surrounding trails, parking and general information, along with pictures and insight regarding the various trails.   

The staging areas on this site represent just the beginning of what I hope to include as I continue to explore additional staging areas and trails. The staging areas currently on the site in the order they were added are Cronan, Olmstead, Hidden Falls, Silver LakeAmerican River Confluence, Auburn Staging Area , Dru Barner, Empire Mine State Park, Foresthill Divide Loop, Granite Bay Staging Area, Lake Camanche - China Gulch, Sterling Point, Spenceville, American River Parkway, Lone Grave, Falcon Crest, Castle Peak, Negro Bar and Sugar Pine Trail (Winchester), Lake Oroville. Coming soon will be Pt Reyes,  Dry Creek, Cowboy Camp, Sly Park , Yosemite plus the remaining staging areas around Folsom Lake just to name a few. Please continue to check Cool Horse Trails for updates and additional staging areas - a quick check under the "What's New" tab located to the left of this page will update you on all new information added.

Please feel free to reach me at 
coolhorsetrails@gmail.com. I look forward to hearing from you and any comments you might have about the web site or additional trails you would like to see on this  site.

Please enjoy the site and remember it will constantly be updated and new staging areas added.

As I hear about events, trail closures and important trail information I will be posting the information on the site. Events will be under "What's New", closures and important information will be under "Alerts" and all will be posted on the corresponding staging area page if applicable. Please let me know if you would like any events posted, know of any trail closures, trail issues or important information I should be aware of.


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