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Rock Quarry Trail to Boot Buster Hill (Int./Adv) - Full Moon Hike

  • Oct 16, 2013 · 5:30 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. 

Please bring a headlamp or flashlight. And plenty of water.

The mileage for Boot Buster Hill is approx. 5 miles and can be completed in under 2 hours.

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  • Kathy A

    What an incredible group of individuals that I consider my friends. I would not have missed this special evening for any reason. Ron, your efforts in hauling up every detail to make the dinner a fine dining experience, was just incredible. Everyone brought something that brought the picnic together, flawlessly, without any former planning! What a group! I am not surprised. ;) Nature provided the perfect ambiance. Candlelit dinner with wine and a full moon, priceless! Great night, great food, great people. All we needed was an after dinner movie! ;)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0OLzK8AyTH0

    1 · October 17, 2013

  • Ron T.

    Very enjoyable evening ,good relaxing hike , wonderful dinner and GREAT PEOPLE And a full moon or almost full
    Thank you Kathy for coming out tonight when you were not feeling good.

    1 · October 16, 2013

    • Cheryl Z

      And a great chef! Thanks for all that. Thanks, also, for my spider wine glass - love it!

      1 · October 17, 2013

    • Graydon

      Thanks Ron for hauling all that stuff AND for cooking for us. I can honestly say that is the first time I've had someone cook for me on a hike and it will certainly be a cherished memory of mine. Thank you!

      1 · October 17, 2013

  • Graydon

    What an amazing memorable evening. I feel so blessed that I'm not a male praying mantis.

    1 · October 16, 2013

    • Cheryl Z

      Also glad I'm not a hummingbird!

      1 · October 17, 2013

  • Dave W.

    I wasn't expecting a feast since I didn't read the comments, fortunately there was plenty of wine and food. Thanks Cheryl for a new experience - full moon picnic.

    1 · October 16, 2013

    • Cheryl Z

      I'm so glad you joined us.

      1 · October 17, 2013

  • Cheryl Z

    How fun was that?! Dining on gourmet food, under a majestic full moon, with the best group of people. I feel so blessed! Thank you all for coming out and participating in this fabulous hike. A special thanks to master chef, Ron, for cooking up that wonderful shrimp. YUM! Kathy, you are a trooper for joining us, even though not feeling that great. Thanks for entertaining us with that praying mantis horror story! YIKES! Thank you guys for making this group so much fun. It is a joy to hike with all of you.

    1 · October 17, 2013

  • Bonnie S

    Had so much fun. Thank you the for the five others that attended. Will always remember this day. Sweet Ron went to the most effort with a backpack I could not lift with stove, frying pan and two tablecloths, cooking his large shrimp. The weather, shrimp, conversation, moon was just so spectacular. Thank you Cheryl for your brilliant self with the wine and candles. The still weather and brilliant moon really blessed us. Please Cathy always join this group when of course you are able, you are so special along with Graydon of course. Nice to meet a group leader Dave too. God Bless.

    1 · October 16, 2013

  • Ron T.

    Okay, the tortellini salad is almost ready, for the vegetarians with us tonight

    October 16, 2013

    • Cheryl Z

      Oh, I didn't know we even allowed vegetarians to hike with us! Kidding, of course :)

      October 16, 2013

  • Ron T.

    I may start up the trail a little early to get set up. I did see the time changed to 5:30

    Looking forward to and extraordinary evening.

    October 16, 2013

    • Cheryl Z

      I changed the time to 5:30, so we'd be at the top closer to dusk, but still light enough to set up. At least I hope so. I don't think I'll be going up the center of the hill, as my pack is heavy with 2 bottles of wine and other stuff!

      October 16, 2013

  • Graydon

    I'm shooting to get to Auburn at 4:00 to squeeze in Training hill first. If anyone can/wants to make it then too, let me know and we can meet up. Figured I best work up an appetite before chowing down on shrimp etc. :-)

    October 16, 2013

  • Cheryl Z

    Yeah. Bonnie is on the list too :)

    October 15, 2013

  • Kathy A

    Have a vet follow up appointment for my kitty at 3, so might be late. Will meet up one way or the other. I will bring something to share. :)

    October 15, 2013

    • Ron T.

      Hope the new kitty is okay, look forward to you being with us.

      October 15, 2013

    • Cheryl Z

      Yeah - I'm glad you can join us. We'll go at a leisurely pace and you'll know where we'll be up on the top. Just follow the aroma of Ron's shrimp. Yum.

      October 15, 2013

  • Ron T.

    Okay, I picked up the shrimp so I am ready.

    October 15, 2013

    • Cheryl Z

      Awesome. I have not heard from Bonnie, Kathy, nor Lee. What's up????

      October 15, 2013

  • Cheryl Z

    Since we will be blessed with a full moon on Wednesday evening, let's do a picnic dinner at the top of the Quarry. Everyone can bring some food item to share and their own utensils to eat with - I'll bring wine and cups. Sound good????

    October 15, 2013

  • Cheryl Z

    Ron has mentioned that there will be a full moon this Wednesday. Should we do a full moon dinner picnic at the top?

    October 12, 2013

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