On Saturday August 1st, we celebrate the 54th Running of the Tevis Cup 100 Miles in One Day Ride. Congratulations to the 172 entries scheduled to ride from Robie Park in Truckee to McCann Stadium in Auburn, where they will take their final victory lap! Of these, 4 are from Cool; Leigh Bacco, Matt Scribner, Diana Lundy and Ann Gualtier.
The Tevis Trail parallels the Auburn Lake Trails development in Cool for roughly 6 miles, from Poverty Bar River Crossing to Lower Rock Quarry, miles 88 to 94 during the Ride. Currently, the horse population in Auburn Lake Trails is at approximately 200 horses. While farm animals and stallions are restricted from the development, all other equines are allowed. You’ll occasionally see a mule or donkey. Historically speaking, the community is a huge draw for trail riders and endurance athletes, but more recently, horseback riding has expanded to other disciplines as well.
Auburn Lake Trails was established in 1972. There are 1106 lots with roughly 1000 of these developed with custom homes and horse set-ups. The lots range in size from ¼ acre to 16 acres, with the entire northern and eastern perimeters backing to the Auburn State Recreation Area. Thirty five miles of equestrian and hiking/jogging trails meander through the 3500 acre development. The Robie Trail can be reached from several locations inside Auburn Lake Trails as well as the very popular American Canyon Trail across from the 3rd entrance near Greenwood. There are 2 uncovered arenas; one which is lit. Homeowners have the option of keeping their horse(s) on their own property as long as it meets certain criteria, or boarding at the “Barn” near the Main Entrance. The Barn offers 7 stalls with paddocks and 12 pastures upgraded with newer, quality shelters.
Due to a seemingly growing population of horses and horse enthusiasts within the Georgetown Divide (the region located between the American River Confluence and the South Fork of the American River in Coloma), the area supports 3 equestrian clubs; El Dorado Equestrian Trails Foundation, Divide Horsemen Association and Silver Spurs. Each of these has a focus in both social as well as trail development – maintenance – conservation. Silver Spurs is made up of primarily Auburn Lake Trails’ residents. Recently, they hosted a Progressive Brunch on Horseback ride. On August 29th, they will host The Coolest Ride & Tie, and on September 19th, they will host a multi-discipline Schooling Horse Show. If you’re interested in participating in the horse show, contact Jodie at (530)887-0317.
The Tevis Cup 100 Miles in One Day Ride and the Western States 100 Mile Run have inspired many to take to our nearby trails. With these Trails as a backdrop, it’s no wonder endurance athletes have targeted Auburn Lake Trails and Cool to reside in. Without question … The Endurance Capital extends to Cool.