The Rubicon

The legendary Rubicon, an iconic 2 -3 day trail that will test you and your rig. The Rubicon includes continuous rock obstacles and some of the best camping on the planet. From Loon Lake, to Buck Island Lake , to Rubicon Springs, up Cadillac Hill and into Tahoe, The Rubicon is a true mountain paradise for the experienced wheeler.

Rubicon Springs

Follow Jerry Can James and Lester in Ultimate Orange through the Rubicon Trail in this video.

These two homemade rigs are fully custom and fully built, but a dirty fuel tank in the Scout was clogging fuel filters until the fuel lines were re-routed to the Jerry Can on the back. Running the Rubicon 5 gallons at a time...

Trail start coordinates

Loon Lake 39.003543, -120.312678

or Wentworth 39.018376, -120.383277

Trail end coordinates

Tahoe 39.045988, -120.168283

From Loon Lake, through the Granite Bowl, up Walker Hill, through Soup Kitchen, Soup Bowl, Little Sluice, V Rock and over/around Arnolds Rock to Buck Island Lake is the easy part. Then on and up K5 Tree, over Gas Can Hill, and through Big Sluice, the Squeeze and Sawtooth to the unnamed Sluice (the unnamed sluice is the most technical part of the trail that cannot be bypassed) before reaching Rubicon Springs after the Rubicon River Bridge...That's the fun part. Then up Cadillac Hill to Observation Point and into Tahoe, the Rubicon Trail is a true off road outdoor paradise and it is f&*king awesome!

Ham Radio Repeater Information

146.805 - 123.0 / KA6GWY covers the west slope of El Dorado County and the Sacramento area.

444.9875 + 156.7 / Spider Lake with coverage on almost all of the Rubicon

147.195+ 123 / N6ICW Repeater System is a wide area linked system that cover up to and including Soup Bowl on the Rubicon, and a huge area in the Sacramento Valley and Lake Tahoe regions (use 145.150- 123 from Tahoe). Using this repeater system, we had clear communication from Soup Bowl to another station in Tiburon, CA .

Soup Bowl is one of the most technical obstacle on the Rubicon Trail. Here are a couple of lifted, modified Jeep Wrangler JKs attempting this awkward rock obstacle.

Buck Island Lake

One of my personal favorite obstacles on the Rubicon Trail is K5 Tree at Buck Island Lake. This stepped and rutted rock ledge has a few different lines to choose from. The left most line, next to the tree is the most fun.