Trainer Hill - Hiking/Trail Running
Auburn's Trainer Hill is a dog of a climb and appropriately named for whipping rears into shape.
Trainer Hill provides several off-chutes to lengthen your mileage. We recommend paying close attention to signage to avoid getting getting lost.
Destination Distance From Downtown
Trainer Hill is the kind of hike that never gets easier, per se, you’ll simply get faster at struggling through it. Meaning, Trainer Hill dishes out the punishment along with the results. This is a staple, year-round hike for getting and staying in mountain shape.
Time To Complete
Even if you are in excellent shape, the climb is slow, steady, and grueling. Although, trail runners, you'll shave off about an hour circling back on the top of the hill, and then descending on gradually graded switchbacks.
Spring and fall provide the most moderate temperatures and green grasses. In spring a flowering tree, called California Snowdrop, lights up the trail raining blossoms on the ground beneath. The first half of the trail gets quite crispy in the summer. The fog and light rain in the winter turn Trainer Hill into something quite magical, if you don't mind the mud, that is.
On Leash Only
Trainer Hill is a great trail for dogs with wide pathways and giant meadows becoming their playgrounds. You'll occasionally share the trail with equestrians, and ticks and poison oak abound, so prepare accordingly.