Rock Quarry Trail to Boot Buster Hill and Kick Ass Hill Add-on – ADVANCED

  • June 19, 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.

The intermediate option is to go to the left of Boot Buster Hill, where the incline is less strenuous. Both paths meet at the top, for awesome views of the American River.

After we loop around and come down a less steep trail, we will cross Hwy. 49 and head up Kick Ass Hill, cross the Foresthill Bridge and come down the Bridge View Trail. This is a nice add-on and gives an additional workout.

Total mileage is estimated to be about 7 miles and will take approximately 2.5-3 hours to complete.

PLEASE BRING PLENTY OF WATER, with electrolytes (if you prefer), as these are steep inclines and the weather is warming up. Gloves and a headlamp are also suggested. We usually finish before dark, but just in case... a headlamp is a good item to have along.

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  • A former member
    A former member

    sorry everyone. I was a little bit late. I did the flat bit by myself. Next time hopefully.

    June 19, 2013

    • Cheryl Z

      Sorry we missed you. I hope you can make it next time.

      June 20, 2013

  • Ron T.

    WOW---- What a hiking group. You guys push it to the top. Three hills, one hike.
    Thanks for the sore legs. Had a great time with all of you.
    Ron

    June 20, 2013

    • Cheryl Z

      We did it! Thanks, Ron, for always bringing such a good energy to the hikes. You are the best!

      1 · June 20, 2013

  • Graydon

    Fantastic hike with a great supportive group. Today I'm learning more about how many muscles I have in my legs, thighs and butt than I ever did in 4 years of High School biology :-)

    1 · June 20, 2013

    • Cheryl Z

      It was a good one! Yes, I'm feeling those muscles today, too. Thanks for attending.

      June 20, 2013

  • Marla L

    Best hike ever. Who needs Mt Whitney when you have Cheryl and her 3 hill hikes. In fact maybe I should be using Whitney to train for Cheryl's hikes. Thanks everyone for a great night.

    1 · June 20, 2013

    • Cheryl Z

      You crack me up! What a great hike. You are ready for Whitney NOW!

      1 · June 20, 2013

  • Cheryl Z

    Great hike everyone! WOW - we did the Killer Three-hiller! Thanks to all you awesome hikers - you guys rock! See you all next week and we'll do it again???

    June 20, 2013

  • Alan

    Left ankle still in agonizing pain so need to take a rain check. Great job, Cheryl and all you amazing hikers!

    June 19, 2013

    • Cheryl Z

      Oh, yes, better to rest up and let it heal. See you when your ankle is all better.

      June 19, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    What type of gloves?

    June 18, 2013

    • Cheryl Z

      Hi Loretta, we just use gardening gloves. Those work fine. Join us when you can.

      June 19, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry, I will try this in August after I get back from my climb. Have fun.

    June 19, 2013

  • Florrie

    Left for work in a hurry, and forgot to bring my hiking gears. Ugh. Next time. Enjoy!

    June 19, 2013

  • Michael W.

    Looking forward to the hike again.

    June 16, 2013

    • Cheryl Z

      Yeah, glad to have you join us again.

      June 18, 2013

  • Florrie

    OMG. Kick Ass Hill? My ass is going to be kicked bad for sure. Only did it once before and had to use my hands most of the time. Yikes, but hey, bring it on!!! :)

    June 14, 2013

    • Cheryl Z

      Good attitude! You can do it. Bring gloves. The nice thing about this combo hike, is where we park - you can opt to do just Boot Buster Hill, as we walk by our cars on the way to Kick Ass Hill. So if anybody chooses to not continue on, at least they aren't hiking back by themselves.

      June 14, 2013

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