The Rubicon Trail Foundation would like to remind you that there have been siting’s of rattlesnakes on the Rubicon. Pleae be aware of your surroundings.
Here are a few tips to keep in mind/do:
Watch where you place your hands and feet when removing debris. Consider wearing heavy gloves, especially when working outdoors and dealing with brush, leaves, or piles of lumber. Consider wearing boots at least 10 inches high especially if working near water areas where snakes may be present.
Remember, snakes often bite only when threatened. If you see a snake, step back and allow it to proceed.
If bitten, call 911 immediately! Pay attention to the color of the snake and the shape of the snake’s head to help with treatment. Have someone take a photo, if possible.
Keep bite victims calm and reduce movement to slow the possible spread of venom. Lay the victim down so the bite is below the level of the heart. Cover the bite wound with a clean, dry dressing. NEVER cut the wound or attempt to suck out the venom.
The Rubicon Trail Foundation is federally recognized, non-profit organization dedicated to the future health of the Rubicon Trail. The Rubicon Trail Foundation acts as the support for Rubicon work projects, Friends of the Rubicon, and as a liaison with local government organizations. This support can range from getting approval for projects from the appropriate agencies, to feeding the volunteers, to buying the supplies needed to maintain the trail. We also fight the efforts of others to close or restrict use of the Rubicon Trail System. All funds raised help to enhance the future health of the Rubicon Trail, while ensuring responsible motorized year-round access.
Our Officers and Directors represent a wide variety of Rubicon Trail users and supporters. These include trail users, land owners, county representatives, manufacturers, and Rubicon event organizers. For more information on getting involved or supporting the Rubicon Trail Foundation please call us at 888-678-2426 or visit our website at www.rubicontrail.org.
Cantina for the Con is cancelled this year due to COVID-19. The Rubicon Trail Foundation is very disappointed as we look forward to this event and seeing all the wonderful people who love the Rubicon Trail. We hope you have a safe summer and look forward to seeing you soon.
Our mission is “To enhance the future health and use of the Rubicon Trail, while ensuring responsible, motorized, year- round access.”
One of the main goals for the Rubicon Trail Foundation is education. Many people of all ages come to visit the famous Rubicon Trail and there is always an opportunity to educate the visitors of proper outdoor ethics, preserving the trail, trash removal, use of WagBags, etc.
Education can be done just about anywhere and everywhere and is done by each of the Rubicon Trail Foundation’s Directors and our Mid-Trail Staff. With this in mind we created a new sticker that represents some of the values that the Rubicon Trail holds dear to us. If you would like to get one of your own, don’t be shy, say HI to the Mid-Trail Staff on the trail and tell them where you are from. They will gladly share one with you.
We want all backgrounds to enjoy our natural surroundings and learn how to preserve them for years to come. We are so excited that we get to engage with our next generation of users. Have a safe trip and please enjoy this time to disconnect and escape with the tranquility of the Rubicon Trail.
For a several years the mudhole on the Tahoe side has been a real problem. Many rigs have gotten stuck and taken damage from the deep water. Last year El Dorado County made an effort to fill and bridge the hole with good success, but this year it is back.
Because of legal changes on the Placer County portion of the trail, the Tahoe National Forest (TNF) is much more involved this year and Rubicon Trail Foundation (RTF) with other agencies have been able to get some emergency work done.
A couple of weeks ago Joe Chavez of the TNF went up and repaired a water bar, preventing a perennial stream from dumping water onto the trail.
Yesterday an additional temporary fix occurred…Joe asked for a small volunteer force and he and a couple of RTF directors were able to block the deep and muddy portion of the trail by winching downed trees and bypass rigs to one side of it.
The temporary bypass keeps rigs from getting stuck and being damaged, prevents off trail travel, and it keeps the trail from being damaged further, but most importantly it prevents sediment from making its way into the water.
A more permanent fix is in the works for the fall.
Not the biggest project ever, actually pretty small, but we are excited about the opportunity to make a difference and pleased with the partnership with the Tahoe National Forest. Thanks Joe!
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This weekend the weather will be cooling off after a HOT week. Make sure that when you pack you bring plenty of clothing layers, tarps, sunscreen, shovels, enough food and then some extra in case of delays, always tell someone where you are going and when you plan to return and be SAFE!
Since the temperatures will change this weekend always be aware of fire restrictions. Start by getting a campfire permit from any CAL FIRE, U.S. Forest Service, or BLM station or office. Your campfire permit is valid from the date issued until the end of the calendar year. Permits are required to have campfire or portable gas stoves on public lands. Check to ensure there aren’t any local fire restrictions in the area. During periods of high fire danger, campfires may be restricted. Also, keep a shovel and bucket of water nearby at all times.
Choose a safe location
Clear a minimum 10feet around fire
Extinguish your fire with the “drown, stir and feel” method
Memorial Weekend 2020, marked the final chapter in a 10 year project by the Rubicon Trail Foundation to place markers at key locations on the trail.
Over the years, markers have been placed at the Kiosk, Intertie, Little Sluice, Old Sluice, etc. Most of them were delivered by the Placer County Crawlers. In May 2013, the majority of the rocks were placed, with the most difficult being Big Sluice rock.
This year, the Slo Town Crawlers and Placer County Crawlers teamed up to deliver the final marker to the Rubicon Springs. However, this time the rock almost didn’t make it! Due to a rollover on the Indian Trail descent, the rock spent a portion of the weekend waiting for reinforcements.
But the crew came back later in the weekend, and connected the trail to a new rig, and headed off to Rubicon Springs.
Later in the day, they MADE IT! The final rock had arrived!
The crew set out to place the rock and was able to take a celebration photo with the rock in place. Congratulations to so many who worked very hard to place these rocks on the trail.
Never forget…there’s always a ham! Thanks again to the Placer County Crawlers and Slo Town Crawlers.
The Rubicon Trail Foundation, in 2010, built a Unimog as a “proof of concept” to solve the issues of sanitation on the trail. Now that the Rubicon Trail Foundation has proved after many toilets cleaned and pumped by a volunteer on our board taking about 10 hours, split between two days each cleaning, El Dorado County Parks & Recreation has decided to take on this task.
Sanitation is always a concern when on the trail. While there are outhouses on the Rubicon Trail, sometimes there are many individuals visiting the trail and they cannot take that much usage.
There are always people who leave “white flowers” behind that soil our precious land. What is a “white flower”? It is toilet paper left behind. The preferred sanitation system on the Rubicon Trail is wag bags. What is a “wag bag”? It is a safe, eco-friendly human waste disposal system. Each kit is pre-loaded with a gel/deodorizing powder. All you need is a portable toilet like a PETT Toilet or any other portable toilet. You simply follow the instructions that are printed on the bag and it makes a safe, viable way to dispose of human waste safely in any garbage receptacle. Pack it in Pack it Out is the easiest solution to the sanitation problem on the trail. Always dispose of them in a trash bin, NEVER in toilets.
You must be prepared so you should always carry some. Just with any other garbage, human waste, sometimes must be hauled out. Using a wag bag makes it easy to do so.
We are always happy to provide you with some before your next trip, so contact us at: [email protected] or call us at 888-678-2426.