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Double Jeopardy Week - Training Hill, then onto Boot Buster Hill - ADVANCED

  • Apr 24, 2013 · 5:00 PM
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Cheryl Z. [masked]

We are going to shake things up this week! Go ahead and park along the side of the road, just past the green gate for Training Hill. We will meet in front of the green gate that leads to Training Hill.

We will go up Training Hill, then back down - coming down the access path that comes out on Highway 49, right across the road from the Quarry Trailhead. We will then cross the road and head onto our regular scheduled hike - Quarry Trail and Boot Buster Hill.

The Quarry Trail is a beautiful trail that follows along American River for a distance before we traverse up a fairly short incline to meet with the switchback dirt hiking path then onto to the rock quarry.

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.

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.

By adding Training Hill before our usual Boot Buster Hill, we are adding approximately 4-5 miles and 1 to 1.5 hours - for a total hike length of 9-10 miles and 2-2.5 hours. That is just an estimate - actual mileage may vary. Training tires are optional :)

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  • Lee C.

    Great hike Cheryl! I think we'll be ready for a "triple whammy" (three big hills in one night) by Summer. Right?

    2 · April 25, 2013

    • Cheryl Z

      Sounds like a plan - then onto Shasta?????

      1 · April 26, 2013

  • Cheryl Z

    Another great evening hike with a group of wonderful people. We stepped it up a notch and everyone seemed to enjoy the extra challenge. We logged 7.97 miles - I know, it felt like 10! :) Thank you, everyone, for making this hiking group so much fun. See you next week.

    1 · April 25, 2013

  • Florrie

    My first weekday evening hike and it was a blast. Loved both hills, especially Boot Buster Hill, and had a great workout. People were super friendly. Cheryl, thank you so much for being a great leader and you truly made me feel welcome.

    1 · April 25, 2013

  • Stephanie

    Just got out of the doctor. I have a sinus infection so I can't make it. See you all next week

    April 24, 2013

    • Cheryl Z

      Sorry you can't make it - take care and see you next week.

      April 24, 2013

    • Stephanie

      Thank you Cheryl

      April 24, 2013

  • Cathy J.

    I have to work til 6 pm, so I doubt I will run into you all. Have fun and catch you next time.

    April 24, 2013

  • Lee C.

    Cheryl, regarding the "training tires," is it ok if I just bring one training tire to drag behind me on a chain, instead of the usual 3? This looks kind of strenuous... and I don't want to over do it. Ha ha! : /

    1 · April 24, 2013

    • Cheryl Z

      Yes, we can't have you over doing it - you are getting older - HA! Oh wait, so am I! :)

      1 · April 24, 2013

  • Cathy J.

    Hi - I run on the trails there every other day and will probably be there Wednesday, so maybe I will see you all there. I am curious is boot buster hill the one at the back of the climbing area? I thought that section ends on private property??

    April 23, 2013

    • Cheryl Z

      The top of Boot Buster Hill comes out right by the no trespassing signs, still on park property. So, we're all good.

      April 24, 2013

  • christine h.

    Hi Cheryl, I would really like to go on this hike but I have just gotten a pacemaker a month ago and I can't use my left arm. Do I need the use of both arms for this hike? I have gone on at least 6 hikes with the use of one arm and it was fine, but this sounds strenous. If you could let me know that would be great.

    Thanks so much!
    Christine

    April 24, 2013

    • Cheryl Z

      Hi Christine, Boot Buster hill is rather strenuous and I believe most of use do use both hands for the climbing part - I certainly do. There is a slightly less strenuous way up, by veering to the left of the main hill. And another option is to not do the hill at all, and go around to the right - that is the path we come back down. Does that make sense? So there are options to avoid the hill.

      April 24, 2013

  • Michael W.

    Looking forward to the challenge!

    April 23, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I've done training hill before, wud like to try this !

    April 21, 2013

  • Michael

    Where is parking again? If the green gateside is full?

    April 14, 2013

    • Cheryl Z

      Hi Michael, all of us have found parking not too far past the green gate. It can get full right by the green gate, but there is about .25 mile of space to park alongside the road. Directly across from the trailhead is a NO parking zone, so just make sure you park before the NO parking signs. Also, we meet right at the trailhead, not green gate. Looking forward to having you join us.

      April 15, 2013

    • Cheryl Z

      Michael, please note the change in meeting place for next week. We are trying something new - hiking Training Hill first, then we will cross the road and do the Quarry Trail/Boot Buster Hill. Hope to see you then.

      April 18, 2013

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