Trip Reports

UTVs on the Rubicon Trail, August 2009

Rubicon Trail
Eldorado National Forest
August 2009

Polaris RZRs on the Rubicon Trail
Polaris RZRs on the Rubicon Trail

We took to Polaris RZRs on the Rubicon Trail for a quick day trip. The red RZR has a +6″  long travel and the other is a standard RZR S. Our goal was to make it into Spider lake and back, but a Jeep in our group bent a tie rod coming through Gatekeeper, and that took a little time to sort out.  We made it to the top of Walker Hill before deciding it was time to head back to the campground for some cocktails and tri-tip around the campfire.

Our base camp for this trip was Loon Lake campground.  OHVs must be trailered to the trail head from here, but it is a nice setup if you have a motorhome or toy hauler.

The El Dorado County Sheriff and US Forest Service routinely patrols the Rubicon Trail during the summer, so make sure you are properly registered for California and have a spark arrestor.  If you are from out of state, check out of state green sticker or whatever you would need to ride in California.

The Rubicon Trail is a very sensitive trail, and there is pressure from environmentalists to shut it down.  Please stay on the designated trail, and obey the rules so the Rubicon can stay open for future generations.

Polaris RZR on the Rubicon Trail
Getting ready to hit the trail

Polaris RZR on the Rubicon Trail Polaris RZR on the Rubicon Trail
Near Gatekeeper

 
Bent tie-rod on the Jeep TJ

Side x Side Vehicle on the Rubicon Trail UTV on the Rubicon Trail Polaris RZR on the Rubicon Trail
Near the Granite Slab

Polaris RZR on the Rubicon Trail near Ellis Creek
Ellis Creek

   
On the trail

Polaris RZR on the Rubicon Trail near Walker Hill Polaris RZR on the Rubicon Trail - Walker Hill Polaris RZR on the Rubicon Trail - Bottom of Walker Hill
Coming back down Walker Hill

  
On the way back out

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