Rubicon Trail is Open

Use Caution

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.

Just as a reminder, here are some tips for a safe trip:

  • 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.

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On October 10, 2014, the California Regional Water Quality Control Board rescinded the Cleanup and Abatement Order #R5-2009-0030 issued to El Dorado County on April 23, 2009.