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Kawasaki Teryx on the Rubicon Trail
2011 Kawasaki Teryx after a long day on the Rubicon Trail
After a quick day trip into Little Sluice a few weeks
back to test my
Kawasaki Teryx with 31" tires, I upgraded the engine to a Muzzys Stage I
(recreational). Without much more than some testing up and down
the road in my neighborhood, we loaded up for a weekend on the Rubicon.
Joining me on this trip were Dave in his Polaris RZR XP and Mike with
his Kawasaki Teryx. Dave's XP has Muzzys exhaust, Pro Armor doors, PURE
Polaris rocker guards and some new Super ATV 30" Dominator tires.
Mike's Teryx has a CST mid-travel, Muzzys exhaust and Factory UTV
1/2" UHMW skid plates. My 2011 Kawasaki Teryx has been going through
some serious upgrades over the last six months, and has been exceeding
my expectations every time I take it out on the trail - more details:
2011 Kawasaki Teryx
We left Loon Lake trailhead at 8:30am on a Friday
with the goal to get as far through the Rubicon Trail as possible,
then turn around and make it back to Loon Lake. In my mind this was
a test run for a concept I call the "Rubicon
Trail UTV Challenge". Basically
cover the entire Rubicon Trail in both directions in one day. Doing
something like this would be much better accomplished on a random
weekday like a Tuesday or Wednesday so traffic would not slow you
down. For this "proof of concept" we left early enough that we
did not hit traffic that impacted us much until Rubicon Springs. But
heading up Cadillac Hill, we hit head-on into a group of 10+ rigs
coming down the hill at the big switchback and they were having a
hard time coming down the hill. After finding out that their
ultimate destination was back up Big Sluice, we decided to cut it
short and turn around so we could scoot out in front of them.
We arrived back in camp at Loon Lake by 4pm. Even
after a side trip through Little Sluice for me. I would call that
pretty darn successful. Next time I organize this sort
of "day trip" on the Rubicon, I think we will camp at Airport Flat
and try and cover the trail at least up to the observation point at
the top of Cadillac. With capable rigs and no breakdowns, it is
There are two entrances to the Rubicon trail, either
at Wentworth Springs or at the Loon Lake spillway.
Much less ambitious than the first day, our goal was
to travel over to Wentworth Springs. We left Loon Lake and headed
towards Ellis Creek. Then took a left and descended after a few
miles into Wentworth Springs campground. The big obstacle on
this part of the trail is the Post Pile.
The trail from Airport Flat through Wentworth
Springs is the historic route of the Rubicon Trail.