As of November 22, 2017 the Rubicon Trail is Open and Conditions are as follows:

Always Use Caution

Loon Trailhead: Clear
Wentworth Springs trailhead: Clear.
Buck Island to Rubicon Springs: Clear.
Tahoe Trailhead: Patchy snow by Miller
Temperatures in the low 40's during the day, low 30's at night.

Winter Advice:

There are very few people on the trail during the off season (October through the melt), so, always be prepared to extricate yourself! The following is recommended to move in the snow - well set up and maintained rigs, lockers, 37” plus tires, a good winch, charging system, dual batteries, 100’ of extra cable, straps, and hardware. Always carry food, shelter, and warm clothes. Ham radio or satellite phone are the ONLY ways to communicate out of the Rubicon.

Temperatures can be VERY cold, in the single digits, so go prepared!

Always carry a toilet...Wag Bag it!

Don't forget a Spill Kit!

Fire restrictions are NOT in place, which means campfires are allowed with a permit, but you still must have a permit from the Forest to have a fire or propane fired device (stove, fire, etc.).

For more information contact the County Parks Division at (530) 621-5360

Here are some additional winter use tips and recommendations for the trail.

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El Dorado County Chief Administrative Office, Parks Division and El Dorado County Sheriff’s Department applies for grant funding for the Rubicon Trail  

On October 10, 2014, the California Regional Water Quality Control Board rescinded the Cleanup and Abatement Order #R5-2009-0030 issued to El Dorado County on April 23, 2009.