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Rock Quarry Trail to Boot Buster Hill/Intermediate (w/Adv. option)

  • Jul 3, 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.

If you have experienced hiking Training Hill and Kick Ass Hill, this represents an additional challenge. It is however, shorter than any of those two hills and had been climbed by others before. There are semi-worn but established steps along the hill for most of the way up, but you'll still need your gloves for balance. Also, a headlamp or flashlight is suggested. And plenty of water.

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  • Michael W.

    Great hike. Great group.

    July 5, 2013

  • Cheryl Z

    Great hike guys! Thanks for coming out and braving the 100+ degree heat! We survived. The dip in the river was awesome. Great group to hike with.

    July 4, 2013

  • Graydon

    104 degrees in Auburn as I drove thru town at 7:45pm! Thanks all for being such troopers and making this hike happen today. We must all be crazy! Also a big shout out to Cheryl for getting us into the river to cool down too! Stay cool and have a great 4th everyone.

    July 3, 2013

  • Marla L

    Another great evening hike with great company as usual. The dip in the river topped it off.

    July 3, 2013

  • Joseph L.

    Great! Thanks guys!

    July 3, 2013

  • Joseph L.

    Hello all, still starting at 5pm? I'm thinking of joining! :)

    July 3, 2013

  • Lee C.

    Hey everyone. Looks like I won't be able to make this one... and I may have to miss several more this month. I'm now taking over the 1 - 6 p.m. slot care-giving for my mom (who has cancer). But, if anyone is free either weekends or after 6 in the evenings, please keep me in the loop. That goes for trail running or hiking. Have fun tonight!

    July 3, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry, I won"t be able to make it.

    July 3, 2013

  • JON

    The map link shows the location up near Grass Valley and Nevada City, not Auburn. Please, where is the actual location? I wish this were another evening since there are fireworks events tonight at Hagan Park, etc. I've seen this posted previous, yet can't find it on the map exactly.

    July 3, 2013

    • Cheryl Z

      Hi Jon, I believe I got the map updated. The driving directions are as follows: Coming from Sacramento, take Hwy. 80 East, in Auburn, take the Elm Street exit, turn left at the stop light (follow the signs for Hwy. 49S), at the next stop light, make another left. This puts you on Hwy. 49S, continue down into the canyon on the windy road, at the confluence, make a right (heading towards Cool), right after you cross the bridge over the confluence, the green gate (#150) will be on your right. Start looking for a parking spot right after this - it will be busy, as people park here to access the river. We always find a spot, however. The actual trailhead will be on the opposite side of the road, about .25 mile up from the green gate. There is a sign that says Old Limestone Quarry Trail. There is parking available here, however there is a $10 charge, that is why we park on the opposite side of the road, where it is free. I hope this clarifies.

      July 3, 2013

  • Cheryl Z

    Hi guys - it is forecasted to be EXTREMELY hot this Wednesday. So, for those of us who are going to brave it, please bring plenty of water and electrolytes. Also, instead of adding on another hill, how about spending some time dipping our toes in the river - there are some access points along the Quarry trail. Just a thought.

    July 1, 2013

    • Graydon

      A quick dip in the river sounds like a great plan to me!

      July 2, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Will meet at trailhead

    July 1, 2013

  • Ron T.

    Hi To All
    I may not make this hike. If I'm not there at 5:00 go with out me. My two older brothers and I are getting together for lunch in Yountville at the VA Home. My oldest brother lives there. I may get back in town around 5:00. I will have my hiking (stuff, things what ever) with me so I do not have to go by the apt.

    Ron

    June 30, 2013

    • Cheryl Z

      We hope you make it, but please don't rush and make sure you have a nice time with the brothers.

      July 1, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Im looking forward nature and also to meet people have no friends that would want to hang out with me

    July 1, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Yes I would like to go if I get a ride thanks

    July 1, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi would love to hike but have no way to get there if anybody can give me a ride that would be awesome[masked] thanks Melody

    July 1, 2013

  • Michael W.

    Looking forward to a good hike

    June 27, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm sorry we can't make it this time.

    June 27, 2013

  • Cheryl Z

    We will be adding an additional hill to this hike - either Kick Ass Hill, or Training Hill - whichever the group prefers for this week.

    June 27, 2013

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