Horse Trails & Rides
Back Country Horsemen, Maintaining Trails Nationwide:
Reasons of Crashes in
2. Heat Stress/Exhaustion
3. Electrolyte Depletion/electrolyte imbalance.
4. Energy Depletion
Should be 60-70% Forage
Any diet transition should be over
NOTE: Trailering is proven stressful to horses, some don't drink enough
and gives Glycogen depletion
See trailering articles here.
For Hay Analysis: See online at
Lichfield and Dairey
El Dorado County, CA
COOL-PILOT HILL TRAILS
South Fork of American River, Cronin Ranch Trails- Pilot Hill
1,414 Acre Ranch in Pilot Hill off of Pedro Hill Rd. from Hwy
49, was acquired in 2004 for public use. This very scenic 10 mile trail
meandering through gentle hills, by the American River and then
around an Old Movie Set, includes 440 acres of river frontage in
Pilot Hill area, off Hwy 49 and Pedro Hill Rd. Overall this is
part of a 20-mile regional trails park including an eight-mile
river trail from Highway 49 to the Salmon Falls Bridge at the
upper ;end of Folsom Lake. Large grants from the State Wildlife
Conservation Board and the State Resource4s Agency provided
funding to acquire six of the eight parcels.
(Cool, El Dorado County) behind fire station in Cool, CA, Hwy 193 and possible
future home of an elite Equestrian Center. The most popular
trail on scenic gentle hills through the beautiful Cool
countryside with picturesque large oaks, creeks, and wildlife.
Was referred to as the Knickerbocker trail.
THIS COOL STAGING AREA
This is a gorgeous 9-mile loop on Knickerbocker Flats with a Staging Area behind the Fire
Station in Cool, off Hwy 49, crossing the Auburn-Cool
Trail weaving in and out there is probably 20-25 miles of riding.
Cool - 3rd Gate Staging &Trail
Here is the 3rd Gate of Auburn Lake Trails (ALT),
1/4 mile off of Hwy 193 near Greenwood.
You have gone 100 feet to far to stage if you reach this
This is the staging area; it is big enough for about 4-5 rigs.
Leads to trails around ALT and onto the Western States
Western States Trail
Foresthill, Auburn Areas.
(El Dorado and Placer Counties)
1. French Meadows Reservoir to Foresthill - 46 miles
2. Foresthill to Auburn - 33 miles
Auburn to Sacramento at Discovery Park - 54 miles
3. Sacramento to Antioch at Contra Loma Regional Park - 73 miles
Traylor Ranch Nature Preserve
Placer County (Penryn)
88 Acre Nature Preserve with 3.5 miles of trails, 3 picnic areas
with tables and portable toilets, horse tie posts and horse
watering troughs. Previously it had been a small cattle
ranch for 42 years. Located in Penryn in Placer County.
All 11 trails are marked. Some trails closed during wet times.
No motorized vehicles. Trailers and cars may park at the
Humphrey Road Lot near English Colony Way.
Trail Ride Conference (NATRA)
There are a number of competitive trail ride organizations in
the United States. A competitive ride competition is not a race
but more of a time trial type event. The horse is judged on
condition, soundness and trail ability on natural trail
obstacles. The rider is judged on presentation (not
showmanship!), grooming (no artificial enhancements, polished
hooves, etc.), trail equitation (not prettiness of form), trail
safety/courtesy, stabling and other factors.
Horse Trails in the Greater Cool, Auburn Area of Northern
HORSE CAMPS for EQUESTRIANS
Cool Trail Trials in September
More Great Trails
The Auburn-Cool Trail
SAVING THE TRAILS
WHERE TO FIND TRAIL HELP
Equestrian Land Conservation Resource
A national voice for a united equestrian land conservation
movement dedicated to promoting access to and conservation of
land for equestrian and other compatible uses through education
WESTERN STATES TRAIL
This trail was established by the Gold Rush emigrants to
California. Later it was an historic trail route of miners
from the gold mines of California to and from the silver lodes
of Nevada across the Sierra Nevada Mountains.
The Western States Trail Foundation was established to preserve this
The Western States Trail originally stretched from Sacramento to
Utah. The Sierra Crest portion of the trail, blazed by
Paiute and Washoe Indians and later used by miners and Pony
Express riders, is now the route of two world-famous endurance
races: the Tevis Cup Ride for horses and riders, and the Western
States 100-mile Endurance Run. Both races begin before
dawn at Squaw Valley in the Lake Tahoe Basin and end in Auburn
after nightfall, traversing roughly one hundred miles. This part
of the WST (from Ruck-A-Chucky campgrounds to the Hwy 49
crossing) is different for runners and riders.Endurance Runners
hug the canyon wall on a narrow, winding trail about 600 feet
above the river, while Tevis Cup riders take a wider, flatter
trail closer to the river, following the route prospectors used
to get from bar to bar along the river.The Quarry Road Trail
joins with the lower WST from Maine Bar to Murderers Bar.
NO. CALIF - BAY AREA, ORGANIZATIONS, PUBLIC LAND
Pt Reyes and Similar Coastal
rides: Enjoy rides along the beach at the coast in Pt. Reyes,
Marin County which provides a combination of beautiful landscape
and quality riding. The contrast of the majestic redwood forests
and the long, sandy beaches of the Pacific Ocean in this rural
area of northern California affords some wonderful opportunities
for long canters.
Pt. Reyes Natural Preserve,
Ocean Rides, 1 Hr. from San Francisco - Lots of Trails and a
Great "Horse and Bed Place."
Bay Ridge Trail (over 365 miles completed) and will
completely link together several hundred miles of
trail around the San Francisco bay
Hidden Valley Wildlife Preserve
11401 Arlington Avenue Riverside, California 909-785-6362 To get
there from the 91 Freeway, go east to the city of Riverside.
Exit on La Sierra Ave. and turn left (North). La Sierra
dead-ends into Arlington. Bear left at the signal. Drive past
the hills until you come to the sign that says "Hidden Valley."
Take the first dirt road to the right. It is located along the
Santa Ana River just east of Norco on Arlington Avenue across
from Crestlawn Cemetery, one mile west of La Sierra Avenue.
Gates to the preserve are closed and locked at 4:30PM.
Hidden Falls - Placer County Regional Park
Annual Trail Ride at Catalina Island by the
Las Caballeras, a Women's Horse Club in Torrence, CA.
Mission:To foster and
encourage horsemanship and camaraderie of the
membership; to promote and preserve horse activities; to
practice and promote trail etiquette and safety; to
promote the spirit of helpfulness and goodwill to the
community at large
One of the views on Catalina Island
AUBURN, CA (between Lake Tahoe and Sacramento, off Hwy 80).
trails in the Auburn Area where you can enjoy viewing the morning and evening
vistas overlooking the Sacramento Valley.
The water falls are about 30
feet high along Deadman Creek. The
staging Area will fit 8-10 horse trailers and horse people share
the trail with hikers and cyclists. Presently (2007) you
can enjoy about 7 miles of trails on 220 acres with many loops
for a larger park on adjacent county-owned property of 961
acres. The county is considering linking the two parks together
with a possible 25-mile trail, skirting 3 miles of Coon Creek,
which also lies on the property.
Hidden Falls ( Mears Place) is off Hwy 49; turn at
the BelAire Market, go left on Atwood and then stay to left on
Mt. Vernon for about 2 miles. It is shaded (very good for summer
riding) and also scenic. See picture below.
Hidden Falls Park
GARDEN VALLEY STAGING
Above, The Meadowbrook/Garden Valley Staging Area (off of Hwy 193, near Black
Oak Mine Rd. intersection) uses the Mar-Det Trail with a 2- hour
ride, about, to Camp Verner in Georgetown. For easy riding it is about 2 to 3
hour ride or about 12.5 miles up hill riding; somewhat rocky at the beginning;
horse should be shod. Staging for about 8-10 rigs.
GEORGETOWN STAGING - DRU BARNER HORSE CAMPING & HORSE
DRU BARNER CAMP SITE --; HERE HORSES ARE USUALLY TIED ON A HIGH-LINE.
Dru Barner Horse Park. (Horse Camping) Leads to USFS Great Trails, fairly
gentle trails, scenic, Camp entrance Appx. 5.5 miles up
Wentworth Springs Rd. from downtown Georgetown, (measured from
corner of Hwy 193 at Main Street) down Wentworth Springs Rd.
Watch for sign on left 1 mile before Camp Chaquita.
(A Volcanoville Area Park
(15 min out of Georgetown) --
A Community Park
with Equestrian Staging Area being developed with U.S.Forest Service
El Dorado Equestrian Trails Association and Bear State Property
Owners Assn. There is about 3.5 miles of trails at present and
has a bathroom and picnic tables.
PRIVATE AUBURN LAKE TRAILS
There are 29 trails inside Auburn Lake trails (ALT)
Gated Community with over 30 miles total distance for
residents and guests of ALT.
CANYON TRAIL (El Dorado Cty)
2.4 miles to river / 1 hour down, 2 hours up (hiking)
MORE TRAILS AT: AUBURN STATE RECREATION DISTRICT HIKES
For a description of hikes in the Auburn State Recreation
District, (some already noted above) please see the following
link. Each hike listing includes the Trailhead/Parking,
Distance, Difficulty, Elevation Change, Use, Description and
CALIFORNIA COMPETITIVE RIDES:
AERC Rides (Google: Endurance Rides and NATRC
ENDURANCE RIDER: April Battles
April Battles, the holistic body practitioner
and training lady who advocates, "no more sore backs--go
treeless" gives candid comments
on her recent 50-Mile Endurance Ride March 2007 as follows:
--"long hard ride-deep sand-moguls-whoop de do's-felt more like
55 miles!!!! don't forget this same horse came in 9th last
weekend at quicksilver! go dynamite horses go!
SPENCEVILLE TAILS - WILDLIFE PRESERVE -
HORSE CAMPING LINK
Observe Wild Mustangs
Riding Tours in California
The hills north of Boundary Peak look far too barren to support any animals
larger than a chipmunk. Yet, ride deep into this high desert
along the Nevada/California border, and you'll find cool
springs, a few emerald meadows--and the wildest mustang herd in
Track wild horses and relive the old west in
the seldom visited Pizona area of the lnyo National Forest. From
a central meadow camp, riders will track the mustangs in their
natural Pinyon forest habitat. Observe and photograph present
day herds and wildflowers. Enjoy spectacular sunsets of the
Sierra and White Mountains while the cook prepares dinner over
an open fire. Later, around the campfire, our experienced
tracker guides will, share their knowledge of the wild horses
and other wildlife.