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Quarry Trail to Boot Buster and onto Kick Ass Hill - Advanced

  • May 14, 2014 · 5:00 PM
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Cheryl (530)[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.

As a special treat, our awesome guest yogi - Jody - will lead us in a little modified yoga session (10-15 minutes) at the top of the hill. A perfect way to stretch those climbing muscles!

After we are stretched out and relaxed, time to move on. We'll head back on the Quarry Trail, cross the road and head up Kick Ass Hill. We'll walk  across the Foresthill Bridge, and come back down the Bridge View trail. For those that do not wish to continue on to Kick Ass Hill, we will be walking past our cars, so you can choose to end the hike at this point.

Please bring a headlamp or flashlight, plenty of water, snacks and gloves.

The total hike is about 7.5 miles and can be completed in approximately 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.

Please note - this hike is NOT for beginners!

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  • Jody W.

    I was considering what Ron said about our hikes being better than the Gym. I would have to second that, being a bit of a gym rat at the same place for years I have still not met anyone I really care about in a personal way as a friend there. From day one I have felt so welcome with this group. Time to ditch the gym and move to Auburn! There none other better to work out with than you all! As always this hike and the next will be the best!! See ya soon.

    4 · May 16, 2014

    • Graydon

      Ditto that Jody about such an awesome group. You might want to keep some sort of gym membeship going though; just to keep those "guns" in shape :-)

      3 · May 16, 2014

  • Weston K.

    Here is a link to the photos that I took on the hike
    https://plus.google.com/photos/+WestonKoberstein/albums/6013520622476570305

    1 · May 15, 2014

  • Graydon

    Yoga was a highlight of this hike again...thanks Jody.

    1 · May 15, 2014

  • Ron T.

    Good Morning To All, Thank you Cheryl you always manage to keep these hikes full of fun and a power packed work out. Much better than the gym. Then through in Yoga at the top of Boot Buster--- WOW life in the foot hills of California

    2 · May 15, 2014

    • Cheryl Z

      And thank YOU, Ron, for always keeping an eye on all of us :)

      2 · May 15, 2014

  • Cheryl Z

    A fun evening hike, with our energetic and delightful group! And the yoga at the top of Boot Buster Hill - how awesome is that?! Great workout!

    1 · May 15, 2014

  • Dan G.

    I'm leaving from Garfield/Madison/Auburn (between Madison-Greenback I80 exits). I'll give more detail if anyone is interested in pooling.

    May 14, 2014

    • Derek M.

      What time are you heading out?

      May 14, 2014

    • Derek M.

      I guess I'll just try and hit you up next time. Hope it was a great trek!

      May 14, 2014

  • Weston K.

    Sounds like a fun hike but it looks like I am going to have to work late tonight so I will not be making it tonight.

    May 14, 2014

  • Kevin X.

    Cheryl, I may join you guys again for the hike tonight, the moon looks really nice.

    May 14, 2014

  • Dan G.

    I'm leaving from Garfield/Madison/Auburn (between Madison-Greenback I80 exits). I'll give more detail if anyone is interested in pooling.

    May 14, 2014

  • Derek M.

    Anyone carpooling?

    May 13, 2014

  • Bonnie S

    Can't make this one. Have an appointment. Vacation was great. I got poison oak from hiding in bushes taking news worthy pictures of Yoga on top of quarry during yoga. No big deal, if you want to wake up with swollen monster eyes first day of vacation. The eye thing was a lot better the next day. Adventure is amazing. Love this group!!! EUGENE and ELDER where are you? You both are FUN ! ; )

    May 11, 2014

    • Cheryl Z

      I'm glad you had a good vacation, but sorry about the poison oak! Join us when you can.

      May 12, 2014

  • Dave W.

    I'll just do the Quarry trail with my son.

    May 8, 2014

    • Cheryl Z

      Awesome. And tell him we shouldn't have to hand over our driver's licenses to the authorities this time! :)

      1 · May 8, 2014

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