Local Equestrian & Hiking Trails

Close and easy to get to from our facility - For people who bring their own horses. 

More Trails can be found if you are looking for something new.

There are plenty of places to ride right off the property, if you are not able to trailer. From the property we are able to access the Winchester Loop and ride to the Holiday Market in Meadow Vista and the Dutch Bros in Auburn on the corner of Dry Creek Rd and Highway 49. 

Nevada County/ Tahoe National Forest: For a list of maps and to make Campsite Reservations visit Gold Country Trails Council.

Winchester Loop (Sugarpine Mt Trail)

8.9 Miles (21 minutes) on the Meadow Vista side of the hill from our location. This is a great trail in the trees. Start early morning as there is one major hill that everyone should take their time going up and down. Some rocky patches and bridges to cross but mainly flat with little ups and downs in the terrain. Water troughs provided along the edge of the trail. No water or bathroom at the staging area!

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Auburn Overlook Equestrian Staging Area

9 Miles (20 minutes) Parking is $5 or Poppy Pass. The finish line of the famous 100 mile Tevis Cup Endurance race. This trail head is a great down hill to the river or no hands bridge. If you wish for a challenging ride you can get to Cool and the Lower Quarry and back up to your trailer. You can also follow the river down to Avery Pond, Rattlesnake bar, and Folsom Lake depending on how far you wish to go. No bathroom at the staging area! Water and ties for horses are provided at staging area.

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Hidden Falls

9 Miles (21 minutes) west of us. New parking system on weekends and holidays! Free parking during the week and best to go early during the summer. Great ride during the week as its very crowded on the weekend. Mostly hills! Great rest stop next to the creek half way around if you do the perimeter where your horse can drink and cool their feet off. Water and ties for horses are provided at staging area. Water and bathrooms for people also available at staging. Reservations are now required on weekends and holidays.

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Olmstead Loop

14.2 Miles (29 minutes) Parking is $10 or Poppy Pass. Through the American River Canyon in Cool. Staging area is located behind the Fire Station. Must pay the day pass or use Poppy pass. This is a beautiful place to ride during the winter and spring into the summer. Most local endurance riders will take the trail down to the American River and up the other side toward the Gold Country Fairgrounds. Water and ties for horses are provided at staging area. Bathrooms for people also available at staging.

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Sterling Pointe Equestrian Staging Area

17.4 miles (25 minutes) This trail head has water and mounting block and open to the public with no parking fees. Great ride in the oak trees along the South west side of Folsom Lake or up the American River along the Pioneer Express Trail towards the Auburn Overlook along the Western States Trail.

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Empire Mine

17.4 Miles (23 minutes) up Highway 49 in Grass Valley. This historical park is a great ride even on the hottest of days. Be sure to cross Highway 174 for the majority of the trails if you are wanting to stay out for more than 45 minutes. No water at the staging area! Bathrooms are available in the staging area.

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Cronan Ranch Regional Park

19.6 Miles (35 minutes) Way before the town of Coloma. This location allows folks to eat at the Coloma River and ride along the river toward Folsom Lake. Best to ride this location during the fall, winter, spring and early morning short rides as the start of the trail (depending on which one you take) is very open. No water at the staging area! Bathrooms are available in the staging area.

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Lone Grave

28.6 Miles (35 minutes) up past Nevada City in the trees of Pioneer Grove. Parking is free at the Washington Ridge staging area on Conservation Road which is maintained by the Gold Country Trails Council. Ride along the road and have lunch at the Deli. Ties and water provided for your horse with picnic benches to eat under the trees. No water or bathroom at the staging area!

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Skillman Horse Campground

36 miles (40 minutes) Skillman is a horse friendly campsite in the Tahoe National Park along Highway 20. Here you will need a reservation for camping. They have sites with corrals for your horses, water, place to dispose of you manure, fire rings for camp fires and plenty of room for parking.

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