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

  • September 25, 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 gloves are recommended as you'll use your hands for balance. Also, a headlamp or flashlight is suggested. And plenty of water.

The hike is between 5-6 miles and takes approximately 2 hours.

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  • Graydon

    I maybe a jokster on the trail but I am also constantly aware of and in awe of how wonderful and supportive each and everyone of you are. Thanks for being a highlight of my weekly life. Lee sorry you couldn't make it and I hope your Mom's okay today. Kathy, we miss you. 'Till next time, have a good week everyone.

    1 · September 26, 2013

    • Michael W.

      Graydon, we wouldn't have you any other way. I agree that tbis is a great group to hike with. It gives me a boost in the middle of the week when I can make it.

      September 26, 2013

  • Michael W.

    I always enjoy this hike

    September 26, 2013

  • Ron T.

    Where was Kathy???? I mist her being out with us. Great hike and the added miles for training hill made for a great hike in the cooler weather.

    Thank you to all of you on this hike


    September 25, 2013

    • Cheryl Z

      Yes, we need to get Kathy back out with us - miss her!

      September 26, 2013

  • Cheryl Z

    Another wonderful evening hike with wonderful hikers. So nice to add on Training Hill and get treated to a beautiful sunset at the top. I just love how everyone has such a great attitude and that makes these hikes such a joy to attend. Thank you all for being such awesome hiking companions!

    September 26, 2013

  • Lee C.

    Sorry. My mom's not doing well. I have to stay around until the caregiver gets here at 6.

    September 25, 2013

    • Marla L

      Sorry about your Mom. We missed you tonight.

      September 25, 2013

  • Marla L

    Thanks Cheryl for another wonderful hike. I'm glad we added on training hill. That was a perfect end of the day. Thanks to everyone for the great company.

    September 25, 2013

  • Cheryl Z

    Hey guys. FYI they are doing road construction where we park, so no free parking. I do have 5 day passes we can use, or caravan from here to Russell road and do kick ass hill. Or pay the $10 at Quarry trailhead

    September 25, 2013

  • Beth S.

    Hi. Is anyone leaving from Sac? Looking to carpool if possible. Thanks.

    September 19, 2013

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