As of January 25, 2018, the Rubicon Trail is OPEN and conditions are:

Loon trailhead:  Approximately a foot of new snow on top of a patchy 4 1/2" base.  Track in as far as Little Sluice

Wentworth Springs trailhead:  Same as Loon, with some downed trees

Buck Island to Rubicon Springs:  4 to 8 inches new snow over a patchy base

Cadillac:  4 to 8 inches new snow on a patchy 4 inch base

Tahoe trailhead:  No recent information.  Predict a foot or more of new snow on a 1 foot base in the Miller area.

Termperatures 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" tires
  • good winch
  • charging system
  • dual batteries
  • 100' of extra cable
  • straps and hardware
  • carry food, shelter and warm clothing
  • 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!

Conditions can change rapidly.  Always check the forecast and plan your trip around the weather!

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

Don't forget a Spill Kit!

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

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