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Rock Quarry Trail to Boot Buster Hill with Training Hill Add-On?? (Int./Adv)

  • Oct 9, 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 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 gloves are recommended as you'll use your hands for balance. 

Please bring a headlamp or flashlight. And plenty of water.

After we come back to the Quarry trailhead, those that feel up to it can cross the road and head up the access trail that leads to Training Hill, for an additional workout.

The hike for Boot Buster Hill is approx. 5 miles and can be completed in under 2 hours. If Training Hill is added on, then mileage is about 8 miles and 3 hours.

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  • Michael W.

    Good company and beautiful hike. What more could I ask for?

    2 · October 11, 2013

  • Graydon

    Awesome again!

    2 · October 10, 2013

  • Ron T.

    This hiking group turns an ordinary day into a Great experience to be out on the trail.

    And also Cheryl shows up on HW 49 the same time we cross over HW 49 how did she plan that

    1 · October 9, 2013

    • Cheryl Z

      I had to make sure you guys weren't slacking - HA! How was that for timing?! After dallying around Apple Hill and wine tasting on the way home, to arrive at that point just as you guys crossed the road, too funny! I'm glad you guys had a good time. See you next week.

      1 · October 10, 2013

  • Marla L

    I hate missing all of the fun but can't make it tonight and I am gone next week so I may go through withdrawals. Have a great evening and I'll see everyone in two weeks.

    October 9, 2013

  • Jennifer

    I think I should be able to go tonight! Woot woot!

    October 9, 2013

  • Ron T.

    Cheryl, we will miss you, have a great time on your vacation. ( I think that is what you are up to this week)

    October 7, 2013

  • Kathy A

    Just like two passing ships in the night......LOL! I will see you next time. ;)

    October 4, 2013

  • Cheryl Z

    Yeah - Kathy is FINALLY back! But on week I won't be there - did you plan it that way? :) I hope to see you on the next one.

    1 · October 4, 2013

  • Cheryl Z

    I will be out of town this week, so unable to attend this hike. Alan is back and has graciously offered to step in. Thanks, Alan.

    1 · October 2, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member


    I would like to attend this hike. Those who are going, do they car pool? If so, I would like to ride along. Is this an option? :)

    October 1, 2013

    • Cheryl Z

      Hi Lorenza, people who join this hike come from all different locations, so not many carpool. But, if you post where you would like to carpool from, maybe you'll get a taker???

      October 2, 2013

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