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Trip Date:  04/28/2014

: 9.5 Miles

Vertical Gain: 1700'

Group Size: 13

Hike Rating:  Easy   Moderate    Hard    Strenuous
Ruck-a-Chucky Trail Route
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Ruck-a-Chucky Trail Elevation Profile
Western States trailhead marker at the start of our hike. Trailhead marker
The group anxious to get started on the trek. Group at the start
The first part is a pretty constant slope down toward the river. Headed off down the hill
Some of the vast array of wildflowers we spotted all along the trek. Flowers  Fairy Lanterns  Poppies
An unexpectedly pleasant shady waterfall location at one bend of the trail. Waterfall
A perfect place by the river to stop for lunch.  Even found there was a fully-stocked composting toilet and building about 500 feet away, probably put in place for rafter and boating use. Lunchtime
Mark taking some time after lunch to enjoy the Middle Fork of the American River.
Mark at the water
Looking down on the pleasant spot we found for lunch, just under the biggest trees along the shore near the top of the picture. Looking down on lunch spot
Although we had a great lunch spot, the climb up the trail immediately afterward was a bit of a bear. What we had after lunch
Monarchs were out everywhere, and often we had to watch our step.  Did discover, however, that they are drawn in swarms to fresh horse droppings.  Ick.
Monarchs everywhere
The Ruck-a-Chucky falls area of the river, which was the name of the spot at the end of our hike.  Had a great view of the water from an overlook spot on the trail. Ruck-a-Chucky Falls
Only one geocache along the 9.5 miles we hiked today, but it was a good one. Cache at the falls
All that is left of the old Greenwood Bridge across the middle fork. Greenwood bridge
With this being a car shuttle hike and one car at the destination, we were able to fit 13 hikers into the aforementioned truck! The group
GPS Track of the full hike. GPS Track of Hike