Thanks to the efforts of El Dorado County and the countless volunteers, the Rubicon Trail is in great condition after a very long rough winter. The trail experienced one temporary closure for six days this winter. The late snow melt deterred many from crossing the Rubicon but July is shaping up to be a busy month for trail use. The Rubicon remains a challenging and beautiful place to visit. Please go prepared.
Bring extra food, water and warm clothes
Bring a chainsaw, as there will be downed trees
Have a winch and recovery gear as melt and run off are going to cause large holes under the snow that may not be visible from the driver seat or even on foot
Means of communication, preferably Ham Radio and know how to use it
Do not travel alone
Have an exit plan
Let someone know where you are going and when you are expecting to return
Bring tools & spare parts
Use WAG BAGS & Spill Kits
Pack it in/Pack it out
There is no way to be fully prepared for what may happen out there, but these tips will help if things go wrong.
Here are some additional
winter use tips and recommendations for the trail.
Visit FOTR (
friendsoftherubicon.org), Rubicon Trail Foundation (
rubicontrailfoundation.org) or on Facebook for the latest information.
HAVE A SAFE AND FUN SPRING (AND EARLY SUMMER)!!
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On October 10, 2014, the California Regional Water Quality Control Board rescinded the Cleanup and Abatement Order #R5-2009-0030 issued to El Dorado County on April 23, 2009.