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

  • Mar 13, 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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  • Cheryl Z

    This was a wonderful hike - thank you to all who attended. You are an awesome group to hike with! Looking forward to see you all again soon.

    March 18, 2013

  • lynda

    Are gloves needed for the intermediate route?

    March 13, 2013

    • Cheryl Z

      Gloves are recommended, just for balance and stability. You can use bare hands, but gloves make it more comfortable.

      March 13, 2013

    • Cheryl Z

      I understand. This is a tad more difficult, but the hill itself is shorter distance than Training Hill.

      March 13, 2013

  • Deb

    Sorry. I can't make it. I hurt my foot.

    March 13, 2013

    • Cheryl Z

      Sorry to hear that. I hope you heal quickly and can join us another time.

      March 13, 2013

  • Lee C.

    Sorry. Can't make this one. Busy moving all this week. :(

    March 12, 2013

    • Cheryl Z

      :( See ya next week, hopefully!

      March 13, 2013

  • lynda

    and how many miles is the hike? what time will you get back?

    March 12, 2013

    • Cheryl Z

      Hi Lynda, the hike is a little less than five miles and we complete it in about 1.5 to 2 hours.

      March 12, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Ok, I have a question. I've been a member for a while now but haven't hiked with any of you quite yet; and this is due to the times of the hikes. Do you really start (most) hikes at 5p/ 6p in the evening?? Isn't it dark, do you were head lamps? Thanks for any input!! =)

    March 11, 2013

    • Cheryl Z

      Hi Meloni, yes we actually do start these hikes at 5:00 or 6:00 pm, rain or shine, and we wear headlamps, when needed. Night hiking is a lot of fun! Although, starting this week, I doubt headlamps will be needed.

      March 11, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Ok! Thank you for your reply! =)

      March 12, 2013

  • Bonnie S

    Start without me!! Have late downtown 3:30 hair appointment. Probably can't make this one. Won't cancel Trac Flip not a smart phone. Yeah!!

    March 10, 2013

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