Old Sluice (Rubicon Trail)

Old Sluice / Rubicon Trail

Pollock Pines, California (El Dorado County)

El Dorado National Forest

Pacific Ranger District

Typically Open:

All Year

Recommended Vehicle:

Modified / Lifted 4WD 

Old Sluice Trail Map

About Old Sluice

Old Sluice, the hardest section of the Rubicon, typically bypassed by most, is what experienced rock crawlers run the Rubicon for.

This short section of the Rubicon is full of large boulders and technical rock gardens. 

The best way to run Old Sluice is going up it; starting on the Buck Island Lake side and ending near Spider Lake. 

Rock Crawlers on the Rubicon who are looking for more of challenge than the rest of the trail provides will enjoy running up Old Sluice. 

Near by Camping

The best camping near Old Sluice is at Buck Island Lake where there are wide open spaces, vault toilets and a lake to cool off in. 





Slick Rock