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Rock Quarry Trail to Boot Buster Hill/Intermediate (w/Adv. option)

  • Jan 2, 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 Alan's Kick A** 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 you'll still need your gloves for balance. Also, a headlamp or flashlight is suggested.

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  • Bonnie S

    If you are fit and miss this hike, your missing something extra special. It only takes 1 1/2 hours. Cheryl is really nice!! The walk is mostly easy with the added challenge of going straight up a hill/mountain using your hands and feet. So far this is my favorite hike taking it twice!! Come on you! If I can do this and my dad was part of the USA goal of getting the first moon walk and I along with the entire world watched, you should be able to have this joyful adventure. Night hiking is so much fun, bring a head light that is I think you need.

    January 3, 2013

  • Cheryl Z

    Hi All, I just noticed the time was set for 5:30 and we had been meeting at 5:00 pm - can you guys make it at 5:00? I know Michael has to work.

    January 2, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I recently had a liver transplant and now that i have mymlife back, i want to grab for the brass ring and once again do the things i love. I have been walking up to six miles on flat surface. Will this hike be too much do you think?


    December 23, 2012

    • Cheryl Z

      Hi Jim, sorry for the delay in responding to your post. Congrats on your new lease on life. This hike is relatively flat, except for a section that is quite steep. It really does elevate the heart rate and is rather strenuous. The total mileage is about 5 miles and we go at a rather fast pace to make it a fitness hike. I hope this helps to make your decision.

      January 2, 2013

  • JON

    Please, how long is it one-way or round-trip?

    January 2, 2013

    • Cheryl Z

      Hi Jon,

      January 2, 2013

    • Cheryl Z

      It is about 5 miles round-trip and takes less than 2 hours.

      January 2, 2013

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