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

  • January 30, 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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  • Jason B.

    Thanks Cheryl. I definitely had a great time. It was nice to meet everyone. I will do this again the next time.

    January 31, 2013

  • Cheryl Z

    What a great evening hike we had. Welcome to Jillian and Jason - so glad you guys were able to join us. I hope to see you guys again on the trail!

    1 · January 31, 2013

  • Jason B.

    If you could please provide longitude latitude from Google maps that would be great. Or a road would be helpful to. BTW does the parking require a permit? Thanks in advance.

    January 30, 2013

    • Cheryl Z

      I found this, hope that helps. Directions to Trailhead (Lat/Long N38° 54′ 44″, W121° 02′ 08″) And, yes, if you park at the actual trailhead, it is a $10 fee. However, if you park across the road, as most of us do, it is free. Do you know where Training Hill is? The Quarry Trailhead is just up the road about .25 mile and on the opposite side of the road. Please let me know if this helps.

      January 30, 2013

    • Jason B.

      Yeah I know where to go now thanks Cheryl

      January 30, 2013

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