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The Rubicon Trail

Post by Lil Pepè on 12/6/2011, 11:32 pm

The Rubicon Trail is an extreme 4x4 rock crawling trail located near Lake Tahoe in the California High Sierra
Also known as the McKinney-Rubicon Springs Road, The Rubicon Trail is located in the California High Sierra due west of Lake Tahoe & appx 80 miles east of Sacramento. Rated 10 as being "most difficult" on a scale of 1-10 & known as the "Granddaddy of all off highway trails" it is appx. 12 miles of incredibly scenic albeit ROCKY un-maintained El Dorado and Placer county road.

What do you think about planning a trip here? The info says you shouldnt try to tackle this trail with only 1 4x4, that you shoul go in groups, it looks like a must do .

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Post by piratex on 12/6/2011, 11:39 pm

That sounds pretty extreme. What about moab
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Re: The Rubicon Trail

Post by MudRaider on 12/6/2011, 11:51 pm

Mad Something like that is a dream for me. Maybe when I win the powerball. Of course, it would probably help to have a chance of winning if I would buy the tickets.
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Post by JaxWranglerUnlimtd on 12/6/2011, 11:52 pm

I just drove through both the sierra and moab. These are 2 totally different types of terrain. I can say from what I saw that the sierra mtns looked like a awsome place to wheel but I don't think its a place to just jump into for a first trip.
Moab looked to be a little less intense but by no means easy either.

Both spots have plenty of rock and water crossing.

I think a trip to a spot like Kentucky, North Alabama, Tennessee, West Texas even Missouri could be a great starter spot to work up to Sierra, n Moab
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Re: The Rubicon Trail

Post by Lil Pepè on 12/7/2011, 12:02 am

JaxWranglerUnlimtd wrote:I just drove through both the sierra and moab. These are 2 totally different types of terrain. I can say from what I saw that the sierra mtns looked like a awsome place to wheel but I don't think its a place to just jump into for a first trip.
Moab looked to be a little less intense but by no means easy either.

Both spots have plenty of rock and water crossing.

I think a trip to a spot like Kentucky, North Alabama, Tennessee, West Texas even Missouri could be a great starter spot to work up to Sierra, n Moab
Good idea
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Post by Lil Pepè on 12/7/2011, 5:12 pm

I think any of us could do this trip today. The Rubicon Trail is the world's most famous of all tough off-road trails. It is not the toughest in the world - not even the toughest in the US, but it still takes at least two days even for experienced four wheelers to drive all 12 miles of the Rubicon Trail
Driving the Rubicon is a dream come true for many four wheelers - but does it make sense to drive or ship your own truck from Florida or France all the way to California for this dream? Even if you are willing to go through all the trouble to get your vehicle to California - do you really know what to expect? Did you know that the Rubicon eats 4x4 trucks for breakfast?

Rent a 4x4 and don't worry about the damages? Well, no car rental place will allow you to take a vehicle on the king of all trails. If you do and damage the truck (I have seen only a few first time drivers who managed to escape the sheet metal eating rocks) they will make you pay every penny of the damage.


See a short movie of the Gate Keeper, the first obstacle of the trail.
Here is my offer: I will hand you the keys to one of my strong four wheel drive trucks and you'll get to drive the Rubicon Trail in a small group with other adventure minded folks. I will personally assist you to master this wild trail. It'll be a stunning ride in a breathtaking mountain setting. I offer my events from mid June to mid September. Snow might still be present in late June and starting September the weather might become unstable.
You don't need any special skills or previous 4x4 experience - anyone can drive the Rubicon. Make sure you bring your family. This is not an all guys adventure - it is for the entire family to enjoy. Even babies below 1 year old have been on my trips. Please don't leave your kids at home.

Driving terrain that seems almost impassable is the main focus of my events - however, it is the magnificence of the High Sierra that will make all trips surely unforgettable. Pristine mountain lakes, towering pines, rustic camping with inspiring talks around the fire will leave a long lasting impression.

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Post by piratex on 12/7/2011, 5:30 pm

How much is this looking at costing? I may be down
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Re: The Rubicon Trail

Post by Guest on 12/7/2011, 6:06 pm

Pepe where are you located? I'm assuming you're not in Florida. If you are offering guided tours, please post a link.

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Post by Lil Pepè on 12/7/2011, 7:26 pm

Oh no that was something i read on line. It just seems obtainable to all of us, I would like to go but that is a long way to pull a jeep. Looks like we could fly out rent a jeep spend 2 days wheeling with a tour guide and come home with no worries. I would say i spent around 750.00 to do the last major event in Northern Georgia.Thats the cost of my gas for jeep and tow rig food and cabin rental park admisson and so on. I feel like i could spend my money on plane flights and rental jeeps and wheel one of the most epic routes in North America
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Post by Guest on 12/7/2011, 7:46 pm

It's tempting and definitely possible. This should be brought back up in the spring. You know after the holidays are done and peoples tax returns are in.

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Post by Lil Pepè on 12/7/2011, 7:51 pm

cbarton wrote:It's tempting and definitely possible. This should be brought back up in the spring. You know after the holidays are done and peoples tax returns are in.

I agree it would take me 6 months to a year to plan for a trip like that
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Post by Guest on 12/7/2011, 8:13 pm

Well I'm seriously interested, so this is something that should be considered as a group trip

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Post by Lil Pepè on 12/7/2011, 8:52 pm

cbarton wrote:Well I'm seriously interested, so this is something that should be considered as a group trip


X2 check out some youtube vids of the trail its like Dinsey for jeepers
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Post by piratex on 12/7/2011, 9:16 pm

I think this would be awesme if all of off camber could go. But as any planning goes, finances need to be figured out. Pepe does it say what the rental and what not would cost out there?
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Post by MudRaider on 12/7/2011, 10:06 pm

Personnally, I know without the lottery there is no way I can take off enouh work to do that. The Northern Georgia trip is more of a possibility. On the dudes from Off~Camber most haven't even been to Hardrock to at least get a shot at driving on terrain. We need to figure on heading there.
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Post by DIRTY on 12/7/2011, 11:28 pm

MudRaider wrote:Personnally, I know without the lottery there is no way I can take off enouh work to do that. The Northern Georgia trip is more of a possibility. On the dudes from Off~Camber most haven't even been to Hardrock to at least get a shot at driving on terrain. We need to figure on heading there.
lol thats true . would have to rent jeeps 4 sure !!
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Post by Lil Pepè on 12/11/2011, 9:52 pm

piratex wrote:How much is this looking at costing? I may be down

Included in trip fee:



* Guided trip Georgetown - Georgetown
* or Loon Lake - Lake Tahoe, if you prefer
* 3 days use of a strong safe 4WD vehicle
* 2 persons per vehicle max.
* max group size: 6 guests (3 cars)
* All vehicle operating costs
* Comfortable, clean camping equipment
* Plenty of delicious food and beverages




Trip fee: $980.00 per person,
Kids under 14 pay $350


Please contact me when you plan to bring kids, so we can make arrangements beyond the 2 persons per vehicle rule.


Yes, you can also bring your own vehicle
(unlimited passengers)

* Guided trip Georgetown - Georgetown
* or Loon Lake - Lake Tahoe, if you prefer
* Plenty of delicious food and beverages


Trip fee: $680.00 per vehicle
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Post by Lil Pepè on 12/11/2011, 9:56 pm

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So, you wanna bring your own truck?
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Post by DIRTY on 12/11/2011, 11:06 pm

naw
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Post by Lil Pepè on 12/12/2011, 12:30 am

It would cost three times that to drive and pull Lil Pepè and probaly 6 extra days out of my life driving there and back. The way i see it is to fly out rent a jeep and tour guide, stay 3days and 2 nights on trail and fly back home.
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Post by MudRaider on 12/12/2011, 12:38 am

Lil Pepè wrote:It would cost three times that to drive and pull Lil Pepè and probaly 6 extra days out of my life driving there and back. The way i see it is to fly out rent a jeep and tour guide, stay 3days and 2 nights on trail and fly back home.

Definitely sounds more practical. But personally, if I'd had druthers, I'd druther take mine and drive it closer to home. Just me though. And that might change with time. I'm still new to this 4WD stuff. Heck, Hardrock is fascinating to me still.
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Post by Lil Pepè on 12/12/2011, 4:27 pm

I understand
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