Cheryl Z. [masked]
The hike is located on Highway 49, 1/4 of a mile from the green gate that leads to Training Hill.
Much of the beginning of the trail is easy going on flat fire road. 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 our return trek, for those that are up for an additional challenge, we will cross the confluence and head up Kick Ass Hill, cross the Forresthill Bridge, and come back down the Bridge View Trail. This is a nice little add-on.
Total mileage will be approximately 8 miles.
Please bring plenty of water, snacks, a headlamp or flashlight, and gloves. Trekking poles are optional.
Driving directions: From Hwy. 80 East, take the Elm Ave. exit in Auburn. Turn left at the stoplight. Make another left at the next stoplight. Follow the signs for Hwy. 49S, towards Cool. Continue on Hwy. 49S down into the American River Canyon. At the confluence, make a right, cross over the bridge, then start looking for places to park on the right side of the road, right after the green gate(#150). It is free to park along here. At the Quarry Trailhead there is also parking, but it costs $10. The Quarry Trailhead is about 1/4 mile up the road from the green gate (#150), and on the opposite side of the road.