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Rock Quarry Trail to Boot Buster Hill with Yoga at the Top! (Int./Adv)

  • Mar 26, 2014 · 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 (#150).

The beginning of the trail is easy going on a flat fire road, that meanders along the beautiful American river.  We then 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 and the stunning rock formations.

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 has 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, plenty of water, snacks and gloves.

The hike for Boot Buster Hill is approx. 5 miles and can be completed in under 2 hours. 

As a special treat, our awesome guest yogi - Jody - will lead us in a little modified yoga session (20 minutes, or so) at the top of the hill. A perfect way to stretch those climbing muscles!

After our yoga session, we'll come back on the Quarry Trail and those of us who feel rejuvenated can continue on and do Training Hill. 

Directions: From Hwy. 80, heading east towards Auburn, take the Elm Street Exit. Turn left at the stoplight, following signs for 49S, towards Placerville and Cool. Turn left at the next stoplight, onto Hwy. 49S. Continue down Hwy. 49 into the canyon, and turn right at the confluence. Cross over the bridge and start looking for places to park on the right side of the road. Parking here is free. The trailhead is on the other side of the road, about 1/4 mile up from the bridge. There is parking here, but costs $10.



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  • Ron T.

    Okay---- We all know how great this group is and the job that Cheryl does to keep upping the adventure. Yoga in the rain, with thunder in the background and Jody who led us in the yoga turned us to look into the openness of the river below , in quiet softness of the sound of rain on our rain coat hoods. No voices but Jody quietly leading us.
    A GREAT MOMENT OUT ON THE TRAIL

    March 27, 2014

    • Cheryl Z

      Well said - that yoga session was bliss!

      March 27, 2014

  • Cheryl Z

    Yet another awesome evening hike. What a group - trudging up the hill, in drizzly weather, smiling all the way. Then Jody led a wonderful mini yoga session at the top of the hill, overlooking the beautiful river below. What a wonderful experience that was - THANK YOU, JODY! I think we will be incorporating that more often. We were in such a zen state - we weren't even fazed by the tornado warnings around us! Hopefully everyone made it home safe and sound. Thanks to everyone for braving the elements and making this such a fun hike each and every week :)

    March 27, 2014

  • Marla L

    Great hike and yoga in the rain was wonderful. Thanks to everyone for a fun night.

    March 26, 2014

  • Dave W.

    Rain causing me to cancel...Next week.

    March 26, 2014

  • Kathy A

    Going to have to miss this one. Getting a random and wonderful visit with my daughter, tonight! Yay!! Have fun, guys! And Jody, you would not appreciate the two of us doing your yoga session, trust me! LOL!

    March 26, 2014

    • Cheryl Z

      How nice to have time with your daughter - enjoy!

      1 · March 26, 2014

  • Bonnie S

    Kathy- I became engaged. My engagement with the 3/4 eye burning engagement ring does not compare with the love and relationship I have with my hummingbirds. Glad Craig understands. So that's what is going on. Please leave my messages the way they are in the bathrooms that is a totally separate personal issue. Thanks in advance for your understanding. Bon'iae

    1 · March 25, 2014

    • Kathy A

      Congrats Bone-aay! I am glad Craig understands both the love for your hummingbirds and loves the fact that you have "other" interests! Hahaha! Got you covered on the bathrooms! Miss ya!

      March 26, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I really hate to miss this, but the weatherman's forecast for rain on Wednesday has me chickening out. I'm terribly sorry. If I lived closer I would put on my rain coat and do it.

    March 24, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'd love to go but I get off work at 5 from DT

    March 23, 2014

  • Bonnie S

    With regrets can't go. I know you will have a great time.

    March 23, 2014

  • Dave W.

    Climb up to the cave on the front side this time.

    1 · March 20, 2014

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