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Next Board Meeting
June 18, 2014 at 6:30PM
Ham Radio Class
TBD 2014 - Contact John Arenz
Black Tie & Boots
March 7, 2015

Current News

Mark A. Smith - The loss Of An Icon

On the morning of June 9, 2014 we lost a legend of the Rubicon with the passing of Mark A. Smith. Please click here to read the official RTF Press Release on the passing of Mark Smith. In addition, read more about him HERE or read about his life in the Mountain Democrat.

Board Openings

The Rubicon Trail Foundation currently has 2 board seat openings. If you are interested, please contact Rusty Folena, RTF President.

9th Annual Cantina for the Con 2013 is a wrap!

We hope everyone had a great time....but people want to know...Did I win? Well...CLICK HERE for the PDF list or Click on Page 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 it is sorted by name. If you have not picked up your prize, we will be sorting and preparing the prizes this week. If you are local, we will tell you where to get them, if you are not we will send them out! Click HERE to check out some photos!

Mike Fisher of Georgetown was the winner of the Dave's Off-Road/Trail-Gear truck!
L-R: Brian (Trail Gear), Ken (RTF), Winner Mike, Rusty (RTF), Dave (Dave's Off-Road, John (RTF)


Here is a video from the event. Enjoy!

See you in 2014 for our 10th Annual Event!

Photos of Dave's Off-Road and Trail Gear Raffle Truck
Dave dropped the truck in mid-progress to the Cantina Pre-Sale. Click HERE to check out some new pictures!!
Tim Green FOTR and John Arenz RTF on 98 Rock!
Thanks to Tim Green and John Arenz on 98 Rock with Pat Martin, talking about the Rubicon!! Download it or stream the Mp3 by CLICKING HERE!
Win a Toyota Truck donated by Dave's Off-Road and Trail-Gear!!

Dave'z Off Road Performance and Trail-Gear have a solution for you. WIN a completely built wheeler!. Dave'z Off Road and Trail-Gear have teamed up to build a 1979 Toyota 4x4 Pick up that Rubicon Trail Foundation will raffle off at Cantina for the Con 2013. Tickets are $10 each. All proceeds go to the Rubicon Trail Foundation to help keep the trails open to the public. Tickets will be available all year long.

You can buy tickets by calling:
RTF: 1-888-6 -RUBICON
Davez Off Road Performance: 530-622-2148

The winner will be able to pick up the truck at Dave'z Off Road 2561 Blacks Ln, Placerville, Ca 95667 and must have proof of insurance. Winner is also responsible for all DMV fees, sales tax and licensing.dresses we've provided in the instructions to comment.


Please tell me I'm not going to win this junker?!?! Want to see the build thread? Go here.

Not a chance!!!

Here's what's going to installed!

The following items will be donated by Dave’z Off Road Performance:

1x 1979 Toyota Pick up
1x Davez 22RE Engine (fuel injection)
1x Davez W56 5 Speed Transmission
1x Luke clutch
1x Davez Front Tube Bumper with hood high Stinger
1x Davez Rear Tube Bumper with reciver
1x Davez Pair Tube doors
1x Davez Front suspension package
1x Davez Rear suspension package
1x Davez Flow master Exhaust System
1x Davez Triple Shifter
1x Davez Paint and Decal package
4x 36" or 37" Tires (Brand to be announced)
1x Davez T case park Brake
1x Davez Front Heavy Duty Long Spline drive shaft
1x Davez Heavy Duty rear drive shaft w/cv
1x Davez Bed Light Bar
1x Pair Bed Sliders
4x Shocks (to be announced)
1x Steering box and ram (to be announced)

The following items will be donated by Trail-Gear Inc.

4 or 5 17" Aluminum Beadlocked Wheel, 6 Lug (6 on 5.5) 142000-1-KIT
1x pair Trail-Gear Solid Axle Hub-OEM Replacement,140449-1-KIT
1x Rock Assault™ Front Axle Housing, w/Spring Perches, 140267-1-KIT
1x Rear Axle Housing, IFS width,  140187-1-KIT
1x Rock Assault™ Steering Stops, 140273-1-KIT
1x pair Rock Assault™ Front Axle Shock Mounts, 110175-1-KIT
1x pair Chromoly Spindle, 140205-1-KIT,
2x Trail-Gear Knuckle Stud Hardware Kit, 186115-1-KIT
1x Rock-Ring Kit, 140051-1-KIT
1x Trail Safe™ Knuckle Ball Wiper Seal, 140327-1-KIT
2x Toyota Wheel Bearing Kit, 140007-1-KIT
2x Brass Bushing, Inner Front Axle, 140105-1-KIT
1x Rock Assault™ Trunnion Bearing Eliminator Kit, 140254-1-KIT
1x pair Rear Axle Shafts, Chromoly 1986-1995, 140179-1-KIT
2x Rear Axle Service Kit, 140055-1-KIT
1x pair Six Shooter Knuckle Kit,  130006-1
1x Rock Assault™ High Steer Kit, 130053-1-KIT for 6 shooter and flat pitman arm
1x IFS Steering Box Mount, 130004-1-KIT
1x Low Pressure IFS Steering Box Fitting, 130510-1-KIT
1x Dirty 30 +3" Birfield Kit, 140268-1-KIT
2x TG Chromo Hub Gears (Inner and Outer), 144107-1-KIT
1x Trail-Creeper™ Dual Case Kit, 23-Spline, 100006-1-KIT
1x Speedometer Extension Cable, 100063-1-KIT
1x T-Case Crossmember, 4cyl, 1979-1983, 120004-1-KIT
2x TGHD Transfer Case Mount Kit, 105100-1-KIT
1x Trail-Creeper T-Case Gears, 23-Spline, 105001-1-KIT
1x 58" Shortbed/4Runner, Pair, 120001-1-KIT

Additional Sponors

From PRP:

1x Pair Custom Front Seats.

From Round Eye:
1x Custom light package

RTF Votes on Soup Bowl
The Rubicon Trail foundation has voted on a position to save Soup Bowl, on the Rubicon Trail. Please CLICK HERE to read the press release.
Black Tie & Boots 2013 is Over!!

Thank you to Lori Warden and Chris Cowan for putting on a tremendously successful event.

The majority of the 2013 Rubicon Trail Foundation Board of Directors
(L-R: Dan, David B, Dave G, Dave T, Chris, Scott, Frank, John, Ken and Rusty)

Great fun was had by all....the items for auction were amazing.....Arden Jewelers donating diamond earrings, The Veercamp Donkey ride is always a winner....but who knew...that Vickie Sanders hand made blanket with 4 bandanas from the County program would be the hit item....going for over $3000!!

We can't wait till next year!!

Black Tie & Boots 2012 Video

Enjoy a short video on Black Tie & Boots 2012, including our Congressman Tom McClintock speaking about the USFS. In addition, don't forget photos from last year's event and others can be found on the Event Photo page.


The List - The Rubicon Trail!

Our friend, Jessi Combs and co-host Patrick McIntyre have a show called "The List-1001 Car things to do before you die". This episode, the two tackle the Rubicon Trail!


The new Pacific Ranger District Motor Vehicle Use Map

The new Pacific Ranger District Motor Vehicle Use Map (MVUM) is out, and it has the terms of the easement for the Rubicon Trail in it.

This means that Lost Sluice, the long bypass at Little Sluice, Old Sluice, and the camping spurs at the east end of Buck Island are legal for use.

It also defines camping areas where you can pull your vehicle off the trail and camp. Remember, these camping areas are on the forest, not part of the easement, so they are closed during TM seasonal closures.

This is a win!!!

Not that the new MVUM is not yet available online (the old one is still up), but can be obtained hard copy at the Forest Headquarters on Briw Road in Placerville or at the Pacific Ranger District Office on Highway 50 across from Fresh Pond.

RTF Toilet Service in Action!

Read about the latest RTF Project! Our Unimog Toilet Pumper in action!

Spider Repeater Project 2012

When the ham radio repeater vault was placed in the Rubicon in 2007, one of the promises RTF made to the property owners was that we would make it blend as much as possible, specifically that we would put rock on the outside of the block building.  This year, thanks to Peninsula Building Materials Co., Drummond Masonry, and some Rubicon enthusiasts from the south bay, that came to fruition, and boy, what a job they did.  After ten trips carrying rock and mortar in the RTF trailers, and several days of hard work, the result is nothing short of amazing. Click here to view a slideshow.

Coincidentally, the new repeater package was ready that same weekend and Ray Pledger brought it up and with the help of John Arenz and remote control from Frank Yost, placed the new repeater, changed antenna configurations, and got it going.  For those that have used it since then, it is working substantially better!

Many thanks to the following for their part in this effort:

Peninsula Building Materials Co. of Sunnyvale, California
Drummond Masonry of Soquel, California
Clarke Schiller
Laura Schiller
Aaron Bortolazzo
Matt Bortolazzo
Jeff Arabia
John Gillio
Zack Merrill
Derek Armes
Mark Smith
Alvaro Gonzales
Carlos Hernandez
Ivan Lopez
Alex Hernandez
Patrick Morey
Juan Gutierrez
Dave Gross
John Arenz
Barbara Arenz
Ray Pledger
Frank Yost

Rubicon Trail Foundation - 2011 Financial Summary

RTF brings their tax information to all their events. However, users have said reading that is too complicated and they would like just a summary. So for 2011 tax returns, we have created an easy to read pie-chart that shows where RTF spends their donations and Grant money from the State OHV Trust fund.

It is key to note, that 79% of our managed funds, go directly to the trail and only 2% are spent on administrative costs.

Please click on the image to see a larger version




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