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General Contact Number: (530) 621-5567


​Rubicon Trail

​Arnold's Rock

​Granite Bowl

Little Sluice

​Rubicon Springs

​Rubicon Springs Swimming Hole

​Walker Hill

​Loon Lake

The Rubicon Trail is Open. 


Click here for more current information


 - We would like to hear from you about your experience on the trail.  Please send your comments, concerns or questions to     ENJOY THE TRAIL!!


 For answers to the Rubicon Kids Safety Patrol Handbook & Guide, click here

Trail Projects

For questions and process please contact Justin Williams  530 621-5554


Rubicon Trail Annual Report

The 2018 Rubicon Trail Annual Report has been posted. The annual report gives a summary of the 2018 Rubicon season, including a report of maintenance activities and volunteer projects. To view the report, please click here.

Trail Update:


Remember the 4 S's - Sanitation, Spills, Sedimentation and Safety

Always carry a toilet...Wag Bag it!

Don't forget a Spill Kit!

It is Spring and the conditions on the Trail are 10-12 feet of snow throughout. The sun is out and the snow conditions change with the weather, the snow softens when it is warm making travel very tough. There are holes big enough to swallow a vehicle which can be very difficult and dangerous. Be prepared for snow and cold weather with enough supplies to last over night and beyond and don't go if you have doubts in your vehicle and or your abilities.  Be safe and DO NOT take any unnecessary risks!

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

2019 Winter Inspections

January 24, 2019 Inspection Report2019-0124.pdf

March 25, 2019 Inspection Report 2019-0325.pdf

  From the USFS:  

Due to a facility upgrade project, Northshore Campground will be closed during the 2019 camping season.  A Forest Order will be issued to close the project area and dispersed camping areas adjacent to the original campground boundary.  This campground is located near the Ellis Trailhead on the north shore of Loon Lake and is popular with the Rubicon 4x4 Trail users.  Ice House Road will remain open during this time to provide access to the Rubicon Trail; however, expect minor traffic delays during weekdays.  We ask for your patience while construction activities take place.

PLEASE PLAN AHEAD.   If you were planning a visit to the north end of Loon Lake, it is recommended to find an alternative location for your forest visit as a large portion of developed and dispersed camping

Over the next few years, many of the facilities located in the Crystal Basin Recreation Area will be reconstructed and some of the facilities will have new features added for our visitors’ enjoyment.  Northshore campground will be expanded and upgraded, adding 40% more camp sites. Additionally, a water system and two additional restroom buildings will be installed. Although there will be a short-term inconvenience, this closure will allow for some exciting improvements to the Northshore Campground.  

Contact Us

The Rubicon Trail is managed by the

County of El Dorado,  Parks and Trails Division

Please address Rubicon Trail inquiries to: 

Vickie Sanders (530) 621-7538

Justin Williams (530) 621-5554


The Rubicon Oversight Committee is an  ad-hoc committee that meets on an "as needed" basis.  For more information, contact  the Parks Division office at (530) 621-5360


Upcoming Events

Please join us for upcoming Rubicon events! For more information, please see the event listings below. If you have any questions, please contact the Parks Division at (530) 621-5360.


  • June 16, 2019 - Experience the Rubicon Trailer Race Challenge at the El Dorado County Fair. Click here for more information.