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Rock Quarry Trail to Boot Buster Hill with Training Hill Warm-up - ADVANCED

  • Jul 17, 2013 · 6:00 PM
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Cheryl Z. [masked]

We will begin at Training Hill - the green gate #150, right after you cross the confluence.

We will come back down Training Hill, and turn RIGHT at the sign and take the trail that will drop us down onto Hwy. 49, where we will cross the road and head onto the Quarry Trail.

Much of the beginning of the Quarry 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 Kick Ass 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. And plenty of water.

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  • Lee C.

    Happy B-day song in the American River during an 8 p.m. sunset -- priceless. Thanks. Another great one!

    1 · July 19, 2013

  • Marla L

    Debated this all day. Did the 3 peaks yesterday so think I'll give the legs a rest. Have fun. Next week for sure.

    July 17, 2013

    • Cheryl Z

      Wow - after 3 peaks, you deserve a day off. Good for you! See you soon...

      July 18, 2013

  • Cheryl Z

    Wonderful hike again, guys! The recon mission to retrieve the trekking pole was successful and it was discovered fairly early on the return trek. Yes, the dip in the river was so refreshing. We need to add that on a regular basis. So nice!

    1 · July 18, 2013

  • Graydon

    Another excellent hike.

    1 · July 18, 2013

  • Ron T.

    Wow---- This is makes for the best day of the week. Thank you Cheryl for the trip to the river at the end of the hike. It was great for the legs to cool down.

    1 · July 18, 2013

  • Graydon

    maybe plus one if I can convince my wife to come also.

    1 · July 16, 2013

    • Cheryl Z

      I hope she does - I'd love to meet her.

      July 17, 2013

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