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

  • February 27, 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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  • A former member
    A former member

    FYI it has been cold here when the sun goes down!!

    February 27, 2013

  • Ken

    The boss got the night off, so will be spending time with her instead. Hope you all have a great hike & see you next week.

    February 26, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry, I have a conflict.

    February 26, 2013

  • Cheryl Z

    We meet at 5:00 pm, right at the Quarry Trailhead. Usually the hike is completed in under 2 hours. Even though it is staying light later, a headlamp is usually good for the return trek.
    Yes, Brandy, if you feel uncomfortable hiking the hill, you can wait at the bottom, as we make a loop back down.
    As far as the caution tape - I know the area is open to climbers on certain days, so maybe there was an incident there. If it is blocked off, we can go up to the top on the "road" that we return on. We'll get a hike in one way or another :)

    February 26, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I looked in the Auburn Journal and SRA Receptionist could not find anything also?

      February 26, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      SRA has Officially given us all clear!!

      February 26, 2013

  • Wes H.

    I hiked to the quarry last Friday and checked out Boot Buster trail from a distance. It looked like there was yellow "crime scene" tape across two sections of the lower part of this trail. This tape was not there 3-4 weeks ago. I've never tried hiking it, and don't know if someone was trying to say the trail is too damp/slippery to be climbed safely now.

    February 25, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      They were not aware of it?

      February 25, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I looked in the Auburn Journal and SRA Receptionist could not find anything also?

      February 26, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I have torn my Rotator Cup, and am unable to drive.

    February 26, 2013

  • Brandy

    I would like to attend, just not sure i can do boot buster hill. I can wait close to the bottom for others to come down the climb.

    February 26, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    What time ? How long ?

    February 25, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      5pm and see above please??

      February 25, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I can look in or call the Auburn radio or newspaper?

    We live directly on the Canyon and directly across from the Trail.

    There were a lot of Helicopters circulating early last week?

    February 25, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    "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."

    This Group would be 'up for it'. With exception to or of if it has rained it is quite slippery?

    February 21, 2013

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