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 email@example.com
Tip of the week: Move your water trough to a sunny area - I mentioned this last winter but a good idea if you can. Now that our cold weather has arrived we need to try and keep the horses drinking water from freezing or at least try. Water heaters can work very well too if you are able to use them but at least moving your trough to a sunny location during the day helps quite a bit to warm the water.
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
Oct 2013 - Hidden Falls bandanna map coming soon!
FYI - Also just heard to be careful when going in the water at Folsom Lake. Water is low and some areas are very soggy and boggy. Horses can sink very deep.
FYI - Price Reduced! see below for information on an "almost new" horse trailer for sale - great custom ordered trailer.
Recently added - tab for Running I Ranch in Dunnigan with pictures - more pictures will be added in Nov after our Aug trip up there.
NEW - Cool Horse Trails facebook page - www.facebook.com/CoolHorseTrails. has been updated and will continue to be updated with trail pictures, blogging about rides, updates to web site and other horsey related things. Check it out!
FYI - New trails are now open at Hidden Falls - as of May 22, 2013. Also more pictures have been added of original trails. Look for pictures of new trails to be on soon - Nov 2013
FYI - Oct 2013 - coming soon, more pictures of Negro Bar, Sugar Pine Trail (Winchester)- 2 staging areas added earlier this year.
FYI - Auburn Staging Area as of Jan 17,2013 now operated by Western States Trail Foundation.There is no longer a $10 fee to park there, but there are signs requesting a $5 donation. No donations are needed with California Poppy Park passes.
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). Coming soon will be Lake Oroville, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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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