May 22, 2013 · 5:00 PM
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Cheryl Z. [masked]
The hike is located on Highway 49, 1/4 of a mile from the green gate.
Much of the beginning of the trail is easy going on flat fire road and pavement. It links up to other trails as part of the Auburn State Recreation Area (ASRA).
After a short distance, the beautiful American River becomes visible as we traverse up a fairly short incline to meet with the switchback dirt hiking path of the PG&E road trail which leads to the rock quarry.
The short part of the trail leads us to fascinating and stunning views of two towering rocks. At this point, we will have two options - the advanced option is the Boot Buster Hill. We have yet to gauge the steepness, length, and elevation gains of this hill but it is indeed strenuous, so be prepared for a good work-out.
After we return to our cars, those that feel this is enough hiking for the evening can head home. But for those that are up for an additional challenge, we will continue on across the bridge at the confluence and head up Kick Ass Hill. We will go across the Foresthill Bridge, as we do on that regular hike, but will come down the Bridge View Trail, so we end up back at our cars. Total mileage for the two combined hikes is estimated at 8 miles.