General Contact Number: (530) 621-5567

Trail Conditions Update



The Rubicon Trail guidelines for travel are:

  • Stay on the trail 25' from center of the roadway
  • Do not drive thru meadows or over vegetation
  • Respect private property and natural resources
  • Look for trail markers
  • Straddle ruts, gullies and washouts
  • Cross streams at designated points only
  • Minimize wheel spins
  • Be patient at hold ups
  • No shooting over lakes, rivers and around the granite, it is unsafe
  • No drinking and driving, buckle up
  • Know your local fire restrictions
  • Pack it in/Pack it out
  • Use a WAG BAG
  • Complete pre-trip inspection and maintenance
  • Carry and Use a Sprill kit and dispose of any used Spill kits in the hazardous materials sheds at the staging areas
  • Use a spotter
  • Carry or locate a HAM radio
  • Help other wheelers in need
Pre-Trip Maintenance should include:
  • Check engine and transmission fluids
  • Check brake fluid, pads and shoes
  • Check radiator coolant
  • Secure battery straps
  • Check belts & hoses for leaks and cracks
  • Check power steering system
  • Check seat belts
  • Check tires for wear and damage
  • Check lug bolts
  • Check for loose nuts and bolts
  • Grease all fittings
  • check winch & cable
Other things and items to consider when traveling the Rubicon Trail:
  • First Aid kit
  • Tool Bag (include the essentials for any unforeseen repair)
  • Fire Extinguisher
  • Travel in pairs and not alone
  • Fire permit - Fire restrictions are in place which means no campfires are allowed, but with a permit from the U.S. Forest Service you can have a propane fired device (stove, fire pit, etc)
  • If it is your first time on the trail - pay attention to the trail and your surroundings
  • Be prepared to spend an extra day or two in case of emergency or broken equipment.
  • Bring enough food and water to cover you for a few extra days if you break down


Always carry a toilet....Wag Bag it!

Don't forget a Spill Kit!

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