Rock Quarry Trail with Full Moon Dinner Picnic

  • November 13, 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.

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

After we come back to the Quarry trailhead, those that feel up to it can cross the road and head up the access trail that leads to Training Hill, for an additional workout.

The hike for Boot Buster Hill is approx. 5 miles and can be completed in under 2 hours. If Training Hill is added on, then mileage is about 8 miles and 3 hours.

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  • Marla L

    Great pictures and I Kathy's comments on her shots made my day.

    1 · November 15

    • Bonnie S

      Wow!! Did not realize we had an commentary from our adored Kathy A. How precious and funny!! Kathy A is too pretty, smart and hilarious. Why do I even like her??

      1 · November 15

  • Lee C.

    Extra bonus points to Cheryl, for arranging the fake rangers to show up. I almost believed it was real.... Anyway, great to be back, and thanks for all the kind words about my Mom. I told her many great stories about you guys.

    1 · November 14

    • Bonnie S

      Ahh Lee we really missed you! Was so great that you were there for the great adventure. Never even thought up the stage. Cheryl has played her cards extremely well and thanks for thinking about me when you hired the lead like Craig has said "WMCA" oH yeaH

      2 · November 14

  • Graydon

    I found this for hours on the Auburn Rec. web-site
    Summer Season (April 1 - Sept. 30) hour after sunset
    Winter Season (Oct. 1 - March 31)
    7:00 AM - 7:00 PM

    1 · November 13

    • Cheryl Z

      OK, those hours are "doable" - by starting at 5:00, we can finish by 7:00.

      November 14

    • Cheryl Z

      Can you please give me the link to where you found that? I want to start carrying that info. HA!

      1 · November 14

  • Marla L

    Another fabulous hike with wonderful people. My only regret is that I hadn't gotten to the ice cream before the "oh mother of god" episode. Thanks to everyone for the great company. Looking forward to the next great adventure.

    2 · November 14

  • Ron T.

    A hike, A dinner and then --------
    Had a great time Thank you Cheryl, we will find away to keep hiking.

    2 · November 14

  • Cheryl Z

    Well, this was an interesting one! Too bad for the abrupt ending to an otherwise awesome evening. What an enjoyable time we had - until... The food was just fabulous and the company was superb. Thank you all for participating in such a fantastic way. That food spread was just unbelievable. And there is no other group of people I'd rather get a citation with - but I'm glad we didn't get one! Thank you again for making this such a memorable evening. And we will get creative with new hiking and dining ideas.

    1 · November 14

  • Kathy A

    Ok, posting my photos and have to ask, who took the cop car photos? OMG, so perfect and funny! I am LMAO!!!! I have to say, this was our best hike, so far! How are we going to top this one? Adventure, great location, moonrise, the best people ever and the excitement of almost being cited for being at the right place at the very right time. The bonding, great food and wine, the lawlessness of it all...hahahaha....we are like an Old Milwaukee commercial, "it doesn't get any better than this!" Love you guys!

    1 · November 13

  • Graydon

    I fought the law and the law won :-(

    1 · November 13

  • craig s.

    As a newbie to the group I was greeted with a warning that this was a extreme hiking group, that I should have good shoes, head lights, liquids, and good shape. Had the shoes from REI, 750 lumens’ flashlight (not used), and wine, and a crazy Bonnie as a guide, when I got behind…… All Set. But no one told me I had to bring ID or there was a law enforcement hiking inspection for dirking. At lest they seemed to be like cops…. Too bad someone did not play some music like “YMCA” for the women in the group, for the “Rangers” to dance to. Anyway Good FOOD and Entertainment (how do you all top this one … bring in the “Home Land Police?)….. for this hiking group was good. Too bad future hikes might be limited for me unless you all were 40 lb back packs to slow you all down. Thank You

    2 · November 13

  • Dave W.

    http://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_i...­
    Hours for the Auburn SRA

    November 13

  • Dave W.

    It was an adventure to say the least. Good food, good friends and good wine. The only downer was the cop showing up. We are going to have to figure out where to hike in the dark. Thanks Cheryl for leading.

    1 · November 13

  • Bonnie S

    The only reason I gave this hike 2 stars was because of Cheryl's inappropriate comment "Holy Mother of God" with the squad car involvement. Other than that all my favorite people were there and the food and wine, atmosphere could not be beat. Thank you everybody!! Hope I don't run out of characters...About the five guys and me in the volzewagon It really is a clean story and this is how it wen

    1 · November 13

  • Ken

    Ron, Marla, Graydon and I heading down from training hill now. go on without us. We'll catch up.

    November 13

  • Graydon

    Hey all. I'm planning on getting to the Training Hill green gate by 4:00pm with Ron and Marla to do a pre-hike before wining and dining over on Quarry trail. We should be able to get up and down by 4:45 pm. If you can get away from work come join us :-)

    1 · November 12

    • Cheryl Z

      OOPS - I can't get off work early enough to join you, but you guys have fun and I'll see you at the Quarry Trailhead at 5:00.

      1 · November 12

    • Ken

      Sounds great! I'll be there.

      November 13

  • Dave W.

    Bringing some red wine and sausage

    November 13

  • Rachel G.

    Ken- that sounds great! I'm going to make either sweet potato biscuits or pepper jack scallion biscuits... we shall see what the kitchen inspires tonight. I CAN'T WAIT!

    1 · November 12

  • Ken

    This definitely sounding more like a dinner than a snack. Anybody mind if I bring a couple fresh loaves of sourdough from Raleys instead of the cold veggie platter?

    November 12

    • Ken

      I See Graydon bringing bread now, so I'll revert to cold veggies and dip. Will bring both guacamole and French onion.

      1 · November 12

  • Ron T.

    You guys Rock, can't wait for tomorrow evening. Have the best week ever all of you.

    November 12

  • Kathy A

    I will bring a salad again with lots of yummies in it. Anyone bringing bread?

    1 · November 11

    • Graydon

      I've got the bread, cheese and salami.

      1 · November 12

  • Marla L

    I have the chocolate covered

    November 11

    • Cheryl Z

      Is the chocolate covered in more chocolate? :) YUM!

      November 12

  • Cheryl Z

    I'm bringing wine - both red and white (and cups), and two different flavors of snap pea crisps.

    November 12

  • Jody W.

    Can't wait! I'll bring something that will complement the butternut squash ravi's, sound yummy....:)

    November 11

  • Ken

    Looking forward to more exercise with a great group of people. How does dip and veggies sound (sour cream+onion soup mix and celery, carrots, brocoli, etc...)?

    November 11

  • Ron T.

    Okay, I have the Butter Nut Squash Raviolis, special request from Kathy

    2 · November 11

  • Cheryl Z

    As the weather looks clear, let's shoot for our 2nd Full Moon Dinner Picnic. For those who want to participate, please bring a food item to share and your own eating utensils. It should be crisp and clear out, with plenty of warm conversations. Looking forward to it!

    November 11

  • Bonnie S

    Just to let you know am famous for two things. One is my homemade ice cream (vanilla with see's chocolate chips) the other is not up for discussion at all

    2 · November 9

    • Graydon

      Hope you bring both on Wednesday ;-)

      November 9

  • A former member
    A former member

    Does this group have any weekend hikes or are they all just on week days?

    November 7

    • Cheryl Z

      For the most part, we do weekday fitness training hikes. Occasionally there are weekend hikes listed, also.

      November 8

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