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.
Tip of the week Every Wed I will add a new hopefully helpful horse related tip to the home page. The tips will then be saved in a "tip" link under information and a picture will be added where applicable. Have a good tip? Please email them to firstname.lastname@example.org
Tip of the Week : Trailer Tires - Did you know that trailer tires are rated for max speeds? I was informed this when I took my trailer in for a tire check. So check to see what max speed your trailer tires are rated for - of course of you drive at 55 this should not be an issue. The employee at the trailer store said he constantly passes trailers going over the speed limit and if the tires are not rated for the speed being driven they can over heat and blow if driven at that speed for a period of time. So drive safely and at a safe speed.
Smart phone app - for all of you with smart phones - check out the mytracks 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. If you have not downloaded mytracks recently there is a new version out. I think it works much better than the old version.
Bandit and Heidi at Sacramento Horse Expo June 2012
FYI -Spring of 2015 Bureau of Land Management will be spraying for star thistle at Cronan Ranch ( trails will be closed for 2-3 days while they spray) . They will also be grazing sheep in different sections, with dogs and herders. It is advisable ( maybe mandatory) that all dogs be on a leash during this time period so as to not interfere with the sheep and dogs - these dogs are very protective of their sheep.
FYI - Poison Oak seems to be very bad this year - 2015. Just a heads up.
FYI - Pt Reyes , Dry Creek and Cowboy Camp coming soon!!! Look for the info pages first, then I will follow up with pictures. These pictures will be added before the others I am a bit behind on.
Summer 2014 - Tevis and updated Folsom Lake bandana maps are here - go to the Trail Map link to purchase. Hidden Falls bandanna map coming soon!
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
FYI - 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 Lake, American 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 Barand Sugar Pine Trail (Winchester), Lake Oroville. Coming soon will be Pt Reyes, Dry Creek, Cowboy Camp, Sly Park 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 email@example.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.