Rock Quarry Trail to Boot Buster Hill (Int./Adv)

  • March 12, 2014 · 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 (#150).

The beginning of the trail is easy going on a flat fire road, that meanders along the beautiful American river.  We then 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 and the stunning rock formations.

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 has 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, plenty of water, snacks and gloves.

The hike for Boot Buster Hill is approx. 5 miles and can be completed in under 2 hours. If we are feeling energetic and want to add Training Hill on to this hike, then mileage is about 8 miles and 3 hours.

Directions: From Hwy. 80, heading east towards Auburn, take the Elm Street Exit. Turn left at the stoplight, following signs for 49S, towards Placerville and Cool. Turn left at the next stoplight, onto Hwy. 49S. Continue down Hwy. 49 into the canyon, and turn right at the confluence. Cross over the bridge and start looking for places to park on the right side of the road. Parking here is free. The trailhead is on the other side of the road, about 1/4 mile up from the bridge. There is parking here, but costs $10.



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  • Jody W.

    What a great group of trespassers!! It seams impossible to hike so many miles and end up with more energy than you start out with and a bigger smile. That was sooooo much fun!

    3 · March 13, 2014

  • Cheryl Z

    How nice it was to get back out on this trail, after such a long hiatus - and what a great turnout we had. It was a perfect evening for visiting the quarry. We got to see hiking Dave's awesome rock scaling skills. And Ken was a great Paul Bunyan, making the downed tree more passable. Thank you all for coming out and making these hikes so much fun.

    2 · March 13, 2014

  • Bonnie S

    NICE!! Loved seeing everyone. Great people. Enjoyed talking with Jillian especially. There is something about her that is just wonderful. I hope life brings her great joy

    March 13, 2014

  • Marla L

    Perfect evening. So good to see everyone

    1 · March 12, 2014

  • Dave W.

    Thanks Cheryl, it was nice not being "busted" like the last time.

    2 · March 12, 2014

  • Dave W.

    Marcia reports that Training Hill is blocked by downed trees. Tough to get around the poison oak.

    March 12, 2014

    • Cheryl Z

      OK, good to know. I guess we'll decide what to do when we get there. Maybe Bonnie can bring a chainsaw :)

      1 · March 12, 2014

    • Bonnie S

      Surprised Cheryl knows I carry a chain saw as an essential and never ever as a weapon. I thought I always had my bag on me. Oh well I got outed, I promise, I am not weirdo . Depending on the Tree, they can be troublesome. See you on the trail

      March 12, 2014

  • Ron T.

    If anyone is in town early and would like to join me at the Starbucks on Elm ( in the Elm Street Shopping Center) at the HY 80 Placerville off ramp. From Sac. make a right on elm at off ramp stop light. Shopping center is just over the over pass on the right. I will be there around 3:30. Anyone new to the group and would like to stop at Starbucks ,I am the guy with White hair

    March 12, 2014

  • Darren

    Hi, I am not familiar with this hike and the directions are a little unclear. Is this where you are meeting?
    https://mapsengine.google.com/map/edit?mid=z99VOwXjkUmE.kH8G5O_P7LQ4

    March 9, 2014

    • Cheryl Z

      I can't access your link. But I updated the map above. For whatever reason, it keeps defaulting to an old location. Between the directions and the updated map, you should find the location, should you choose to join us.

      March 12, 2014

    • Darren

      Ok thank you

      March 12, 2014

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