Olmstead Loop is within a network of trails and old roads rambling through miles of rolling hills in Cool, California.
*At the end of this page are details including a map, elevation graph, and data information. You can click on any photo and then view them sequentially, enlarged for more detailed viewing.
Knickerbocker Creek is a lush green, shady area,
pleasant for kids to play in, finding bullfrogs and tadpoles.
The trailhead is located south of Auburn from CA49 coming from I-80, and north of Coloma on CA49 from Highway 50, which you can see on the map at the bottom of this page.
|Check out the acorns stashed in holes |
in the old fence posts!
|The trails vary from a paved road to old unused dirt roads, |
trail wide enough for several persons, down to single file.
| Shade is provided by several species of oak, along with some old walnut trees, |
pines, and a few cottonwoods.
|To my delight, we crossed paths with turkeys enjoying the shade.|
Poison oak is taller than I knew existed!Look closely at the dry, already leafless branches and stems,
in the forefront of the pine tree ~ that's poison oak!
Above is a closeup of a poison oak stem. It is nubby and looks rubbery. The trouble
for you who are allergic: it is easy to miss while leafless. On the bright side
it really doesn't grow into the path on this hike, but is quite healthy alongside it.
|There are two somewhat seasonal creek crossings and some wet depressions that support cattails. The ground may be soft and muddy but some short wood plank footbridges are installed to help you through. Wear suitable shoes!|
|In the spring this is a popular hiking trail while wildflowers are abundant. Is this a Common Madia relative? In November we still found some very small unidentified purple flowers, yellow thistles, clarkia, larger purple thistles, and poppies.|
|The thistles ruled on this hike in autumn, |
and displayed sparkling giant fluffs for children to wish on.
|You may come across this pond which is host to the birds |
and wildlife, and has evidence of a rich history.
Beside it are old grinding rocks with deep wells,
thankfully shaded in the hot afternoons.
Here is a map of our hike as described above:
Wikiloc has these trails posted individually by "Clipper Creek Wanderer".