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Cool to Quarry Trail Loop (7.3 mi)

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Distance
6.9 mi
Elevation gain
1,125 ft
Technical difficulty
Moderate
Elevation loss
1,125 ft
Max elevation
1,534 ft
TrailRank 
49 5
Min elevation
679 ft
Trail type
Loop
Moving time
2 hours 57 minutes
Time
4 hours 45 minutes
Coordinates
1980
Uploaded
December 18, 2019
Recorded
December 2019
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near Bowman, California (United States)

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Itinerary description

IMPORTANT > I forgot to start recording until 1/2 mile in on trail:
Actual mileage = 7.3
Actual elev gain = 1,201

Trails taken: Gate 150 to Wendell T Robie (aka WST) to Shortcut Trail to Quarry Connector Trail to Quarry Trail

At this recordings mile 1.4 or mile 2.3, you could extend this hike to Cool for food and/or libations by connecting with the Olmstead Loop trail.

At this recordings mile 4.7, you can bypass going up to Horseshoe Canyon, thus cutting off .6 miles and ~155 ft elevation gain. However, this canyon is so beautiful that I highly recommend hiking up!

Waypoints

PictographWaterfall Altitude 860 ft
Photo ofDry seasonal creek waterfall

Dry seasonal creek waterfall

PictographPhoto Altitude 928 ft
Photo ofJust showing the amazing trail beauty on this overcast day!

Just showing the amazing trail beauty on this overcast day!

PictographWaterfall Altitude 1,168 ft
Photo ofOur 2nd seasonal creek waterfall

Our 2nd seasonal creek waterfall

PictographInformation point Altitude 1,302 ft
Photo ofTrail signage

Trail signage

The start on Shortcut Trail is very steep but pretty darn short too (whew!)

PictographInformation point Altitude 1,302 ft
Photo ofJust after crossing the 49

Just after crossing the 49

The trail crosses the 49 from a meadow with a gate that states, “Upper Quarry”. You end up on the east side of the quarry and actually walk thru their lot to get to that dirt trail seen in the background.

PictographWaterfall Altitude 843 ft
Photo ofWaterfall that seems to run year-round

Waterfall that seems to run year-round

PictographWaterfall Altitude 738 ft
Photo ofLower part (creek) of year-round waterfall

Lower part (creek) of year-round waterfall

Photo ofHorseshoe Canyon (aka The Cathedral)

Horseshoe Canyon (aka The Cathedral)

Old quarry is now a very popular rock climbing area. Well worth the side trip!!!

PictographCave Altitude 873 ft
Photo ofThat cave is approx 50ft up ...

That cave is approx 50ft up ...

... and probably is a 6 ft tall opening

Comments  (1)

  • Photo of K Martin
    K Martin Jun 9, 2020

    I have followed this trail  verified  View more

    Great scenery, lightly traveled. Side loop to climbing area is a great place for lunch. Saw climbers there for the first time in my several visits.

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