Event Location: Rubicon Trail, California
The Rubicon Trails is the stuff of legends. It is considered the Granddaddy of trails. If your vehicle has a weakness, it will find it. Any serious four-wheeler needs to “Do the Con” at least once.
For a personal view of what the Rubicon Trail is like, click here.
The Rubicon trail runs more or less east & west across the High Sierra Nevada in Northern California. It is located west of Lake Tahoe and east of Sacramento. It can be run in either direction but traditionally is run west to east ending at Tohoma on Highway 89. It is rated as a level 10 difficulty on a scale of 1-10 (10 being most difficult). It is an unmaintained county road in El Dorado County. It runs through the El Dorado National Forest. The difficult portion of the trail is about 12 miles long.
There is no guarantee of avoiding vehicle damage. Even the most skilled driver can succumb to the fatigue of 12 unrelenting miles of rocks. Just bring a good attitude and the best prepared vehicle you can. This could be a once in a lifetime trip but a life long of bragging rights.
Our plan is to spend 5 days on the Rubicon trail. This will give us plenty of time to enjoy the trail and the beauty of the area as well as a small buffer of time for trail problems. Everyone is on their own to travel to our meeting point at the hotel the first night but we will help with travel routes and information. We will camp each night on the trail and need to be completely self sufficient. Two nights will be at the private Rubicon Springs Campgrounds. The last night (at trails end) we can stay in a local hotel and grab a welcome shower and rest up for the drive home.
What You Get: The price is per vehicle. You get 5 days on the famous Rubicon trail. You get an experienced guide to help spot you through the tough spots. You will receive detailed plans to help you with travel logistics and to prepare for the upcoming adventure. You will receive a detailed checklist of items to consider bringing. The list covers everything from spare parts, health & safety, clothing, to food. The fee for the private campgrounds at Rubicon Springs is included.
You will receive detailed plans to help you with travel logistics and to prepare for the upcoming adventure.
What it does not include: The price does not include transportation to and from the Rubicon trail head nor the hotel the first and last night, if you choose to stay in a hotel. It does not include meals. It does not include alcoholic beverages.
You are strongly encouraged to sign up for one or more of the Rock Clinics prior to the trip. The fee for the Rock Clinic is not included.
- You need a 4-Wheel Drive vehicle with a 2 speed transfer case that is licensed and legal for on road use.
- You need rock rails (rock sliders). Running boards will not work and must be removed.
- You need minimum 33″ tires “&” at least 35″ on 4-door Wranglers (JK & JL) or better tires depending on your vehicle.
- Your vehicle needs good vehicle approach “&” departure angles.
- A front & rear locker is required.
- A winch is recommended.
- A gel cell type battery is recommended.
- Additional racks or storage are recommended to carry all the supplies, camping gear, emergency supplies, and spare parts needed for the trip.
Medical Self-Assessment: There is inherent risk associated with all the activities involved with off-road driving including the risk of illness in remote areas without medical facilities. Badlands Off-Road Adventures does not conduct a medical screening, examination, or review of the health and fitness of clients & customers to participate in our training programs and adventures trips. It is incumbent on each person to assess their medical capability to participate. By enrolling in our events, you are certifying you are medically fully capable of participating in the activity.
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