Rubicon Trail Day Trip
At Loon Lake ready to hit the trail
By Jon Crowley,
Day Trip on the Rubicon Trail - September 2012
We had six UTVs total including three Polaris RZR XPs,
two Teryx4s and I brought my
2011 Kawasaki Teryx
Project. I have been rock crawling with my
2012 Kawasaki Teryx4 all year and
it works great, but I wanted a chance to take a run in my Teryx so I
could have a chance to do a little compare/contrast.
2011 Kawasaki Teryx
I absolutely love to run these 31x11.50-R15 Pit Bull
Growler LT tires for rock crawling. I have them mounted up on 15"
OMF Performance billet center wheels so I can put them on multiple UTVs
with just the swap of the center. These are a HEAVY, and not suitable
for fast running in the desert, but for pure rock crawling, they have
lots of advantages over smaller OEM tires. Our Teryx features a 916cc
Muzzys v-twin with Pro exhaust. Lonestar Racing long travel
suspension and FOX shocks. PRP seats with Pro Armor harnesses. Warn
winch and Factory UTV UHMW skid plates. Rigid Industries LED lights and
a custom cage from Roggy Enterprises.
SSV Works, Team Green Kawasaki and SideXSideOutfitterz.com on the
A few industry people joined up for the ride -
Trevor and Nate from SSV Works, Reid and Gary from Kawasaki and Wally
from Side x Side Outfitterz. Dave and Rich also went with us in their
Polaris RZR XPs.
Loon Lake to Little Sluice
We left Loon Lake about 8:30 AM and after a few short
stops we ended up at Little Sluice. Dave and Rich were both game
to try it. Rich opted for the high line around some of the boulders, and
Dave dove right into the middle of them. With a little strap
tip-over insurance, both made it through with
Dave taking on Little Sluice in his Polaris RZR XP - He is running 30"
Super ATV tires and wheels.
After Little Sluice, our goal was to check out Old
Sluice before stopping for lunch at Buck Island.
Little Sluice to Old Sluice
I haven't been on Old Sluice in probably 20 years back
when I had a Jeep CJ7. It is a great alternate route and offers
some good challenges. Going up is defintly tougher than going
down, and bigger tires are a help. After Old Sluice, we had a late lunch
at Buck Island, then headed down Big Sluice to Rubicon Springs. El
Dorado County DOT has been doing a bunch of work on the trail and the
upper part is now lined with cobble. Much easier than it used to
be, but the lower part still offers some nice challenges, especially
We made it across the bridge at Rubicon Springs, then
turned around and headed back to camp at Loon.
Almost back to camp at Loon Lake
It was a great day trip with some very capable vehicles.
It was a lot of fun to get back behind the wheel of my 2011 Teryx.
Although I prefer the factory power steering and clutch of the Teryx4, I
think my Teryx is still my favorite rock crawler.
Rubicon Trail - GPS Coordinates (Google Maps):