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Rock Quarry Trail to Boot Buster Hill - Training Hill add-on - ADVANCED

  • Aug 6, 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.

At the top of the Quarry, we may pause for a brief yoga session - with our awesome yogi, Jody. A perfect way to stretch out those climbing muscles. And, if timing permits, a quick dip in the river before heading on over to Training Hill for a quick jaunt up and back.

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

Total mileage is estimated to be 7+ miles and will take 3 hours, or more, depending on if we jump in the river. 

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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  • Atsko

    I enjoyed hot but very nice hike with fun and very nice outdoor lovers.
    Thank you all. I hope to join your hike again. Atsuko. :)

    August 7, 2014

  • Ron T.

    What a great night out with all of you. A dip in the river , hike a big hill and red sky's to glow on the trail back to the car.

    August 6, 2014

    • Cheryl Z

      Red skies at night, a hiker's delight :)

      August 7, 2014

  • Cheryl Z

    A beautiful evening hike - 2 hills and a dip in the river, plus a beautiful sunset. Thank you for coming out and making this an enjoyable evening.

    August 7, 2014

  • Rosalind G.

    are dogs allowed..I have brought mine on training hill before

    August 6, 2014

    • Cheryl Z

      Dogs on leashes are allowed, per state park regulations.

      August 6, 2014

  • Ida

    I would really like to try this hike but am more of an intermediate level. I do ok on training hill. Is this much more difficult than that?

    August 5, 2014

    • Cheryl Z

      Welcome Ida. Most of this hike is easier than Training Hill - the actual Boot Buster Hill is steeper, but shorter than Training Hill. So you should be just fine.

      August 5, 2014

  • Rosalind G.

    I will be coming from Sac but I will leave early to help avoid traffic

    August 5, 2014

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