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Rock Quarry Trail to Boot Buster Hill - with Kick A** Hill Add-on – ADVANCED

  • Aug 14, 2013 · 6:00 PM
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Cheryl Z. [masked]

The hike is located on Highway 49, 1/4 of a mile from the green gate that leads to Training Hill.

Much of the beginning of the trail is easy going on flat fire road. 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.

After our return trek, for those that are up for an additional challenge, we will cross the confluence and head up Kick Ass Hill, cross the Forresthill Bridge, and come back down the Bridge View Trail. This is a nice little add-on.

Total mileage will be approximately 8 miles.

Please bring plenty of water, snacks, a headlamp or flashlight, and gloves. Trekking poles are optional.

Driving directions: From Hwy. 80 East, take the Elm Ave. exit in Auburn. Turn left at the stoplight. Make another left at the next stoplight. Follow the signs for Hwy. 49S, towards Cool. Continue on Hwy. 49S down into the American River Canyon. At the confluence, make a right, cross over the bridge, then start looking for places to park on the right side of the road, right after the green gate(#150). It is free to park along here. At the Quarry Trailhead there is also parking, but it costs $10. The Quarry Trailhead is about 1/4 mile up the road from the green gate (#150), and on the opposite side of the road.

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  • Lee C.

    Add another great one to the books! Thanks guys.

    August 15, 2013

  • Cheryl Z

    Wonderful evening hike with wonderful hikers. The weather was quite pleasant and NO smoke - yeah! Thanks, Ron, for bringing Rachel - she was delightful to visit with. See you guys next week.

    1 · August 15, 2013

  • Ron T.

    Wow, Thank you to all of you on this hike. Another great night. Came home had chicken tacos and a beer. Life is great. Ron

    1 · August 14, 2013

  • Brandy

    Hi Tessa, I'm sorry i got your msg late and i don't think i'm going to make it tonight otherwise i would have offered to pick u up. Let's try for next week.

    August 14, 2013

  • Ron T.

    I'm in for the hike, see you at6:00

    August 14, 2013

    • Cheryl Z

      I just arrived in Auburn and it looks OK to me. It looks like the breeze is blowing it towards Tahoe again. See us at 6:00 pm.

      August 14, 2013

  • Cheryl Z

    Smoke may be a concern this afternoon/evening. The past two evenings have been fine - the smoke is heavy in Auburn in the morning, but pushes east in the evening, so it hasn't been a concern for the evening hiking. However, it might be different today. Ron said he would post an update about 4:00 pm, as he was going out for a run this afternoon and if the canyon was smokey he would alert us. Otherwise, I will plan on being at the trailhead.

    August 14, 2013

    • Ron T.

      I just finished a run here in Auburn and it is blue sky. But I can see that there is some light smoke up in the Foresthill bridge area.

      August 14, 2013

  • Dee

    Oops! Never mind I see the directions.

    August 14, 2013

    • Cheryl Z

      There have been more problems with that map link. I think I fixed it. Hopefully the directions will clarify it. Feel free to call if you have any questions. I'm glad you are joining us again.

      August 14, 2013

  • Dee

    Hi Cheryl. I had so much fun last week I want to hike again! The map shows the hike is of highway 50. Off Interstate 80, is I 1/4 past the Foresthill Bridge?

    August 13, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I would love to join. I do not have a car. Anyone driving from Citrus Heights area? Want to carpool:)?

    August 13, 2013

  • Cheryl Z

    Sorry, David, about the missing driving directions. This should help.

    August 13, 2013

  • Graydon

    Trading my hiking shoes for my dancing shoes this week as I'm going to Napa to see Los Lonely Boys...see you all next time.

    August 13, 2013

    • Cheryl Z

      Oh Fun! Enjoy and we'll see you next time.

      August 13, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Wow, my computer went wonky and rsvp'd for me. Can't do advanced ... actually need a beginner :-).

    August 13, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    anyone driving up from Roseville? I get off at 500, I think I can make it there by 600. really need flashlights? ok.

    August 11, 2013

    • Cheryl Z

      Flashlights are suggested, as it is getting dark earlier and sometimes we don't know how long we'll be. Last week we were hiking out in the dark with two headlamps, one dim flashlight, and 5 people, so it was interesting.

      August 12, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      ok, I guess I better go shopping if I can make it

      August 12, 2013

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