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blueBlack Training Hill to Pig Farm to Robie Trail Loop

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2.6 mile 4.2 kilometer loop
70% Runnable


Ascent: 752' 229 m
Descent: -751' -229 m
High: 1,358' 414 m
Low: 612' 187 m


Avg Grade: 11% (6°)
Max Grade: 26% (15°)


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Trail shared by Justin Johnsen

After climbing half of Training Hill, this merciful loop returns via Pig Farm Trail.

Justin Johnsen

Features Birding · Fall Colors · Spring · Views · Wildlife


If you're looking for a strenuous loop that's shorter on distance, this is the perfect loop for you. You'll ascend on the Pointed Rocks Fire Break Trail for a tough up, and then finish the loop by returning via the mellower Pig Farm Trail and Western States Trail.

Runner Notes

Well loved by trail runners. Walk up, jog down, minding steep slippery spots with dusty, muddy or rarely icy surfaces under certain conditions.


The trail signs for both Training Hill (on the Pointed Rocks Trail) and Pig Farm Trail warn that they are steep. This is a fine and less severe loop trail for hot summer afternoons, when the oak and pine wooded Pig Farm Trail offers a milder respite.

From the Auburn confluence area, follow an uphill trail left, and soon runners will take a right, at the two signs marking the way clearly to Training Hill Trail. Power up 750 feet of elevation gain, keeping an eye on the bridge up the canyon of the North Fork of the American River, until you surpassed it in height. Here, watch the left side of the trail for the well marked Pig Farm Trail sign.

This trail ends in a T-intersection into the Western States Trail, with Cool indicated to the right, and Auburn to the left. Return via the Auburn sign. This final bit of the trail is fully exposed to traffic noise from the Golden Highway route 49.

Flora & Fauna

Bird and butterflies abound along the whole loop, and the Pig Farm section of trail is popular with mule deer.

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Nov 25, 2018
Matthew Sartor
Tip! Use proper headlamp during night run on this trail. Spent more time power hiking due to lack of visibility than actual running
Jul 24, 2016
Justin Johnsen
Scorching summer heat wave necessitated a slow job to the confluence beach for a reward dip to finish. 3.8mi — 0h 53m

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