By Chris Cowan

Don’t Miss he 1st Annual Off The Rocks Show & Shine Event

What are you doing tomorrow, October 12, 2019?

You do not want to miss this FUN event …

  • Come test your rig on the MetalCloak CTI Suspension Testing
  • See some cool rigs at the Show & Shine
  • Buy raffle tickets to win some cool prizes
  • Eat some yummy tacos
  • Kids can enjoy the Rubicon U outdoor Experience- with camp set up by Boy Scouts Troop 63- Swampbase Camp Kids, Bounce House, Scavenger Hunt
  • Check out cool vendors and eat some Yummy Treats

MetalCloak CTI Suspension Testing

October 12th from 10-3pm

Dry Diggings Distillery

5050 Robert J. Mathews Parkway

El Dorado Hills, CA  95762

Raffle Tickets are now on sale

Call 888-678-2426 and leave a message or email info@rubicontrailfoundation.org

These are some of the cool prizes:

RTF Logo Metal Sign
Tailgater Tire Table
$100 Gift Certificate West Coast Differentials
$100 Gift Certificate West Coast Differentials
MORRFlate 4 Tire Inflation/Deflation Kit
My Off Road Radio Online Ham Radio Class
My Off Road Radio Online Ham Radio Class
My Off Road Radio Online Ham Radio Class
My Off Road Radio Online Ham Radio Class
Port Basket
Vera Bradley Purse
Vera Bradley Purse
Snack Cooler
Card Basket
2 Bag Camping Chairs
2 Sleeping Bags
Sleeping Bag / Cot
$75.00 Bend Tech
$75.00 Bend Tech
$50.00 Factor 55
Currie Tire Deflators and Currie Shirt
Currie Tire Deflators and Currie Shirt
Currie Tire Deflators and Currie Shirt
TDS Safari registration for 2020
TDS Safari registration for 2020
$200.00 Gift Certificate
WARN Recovery System
Amanda Speed Hook
10 LB POWER TANK BASIC PACKAGE – CO2 TANK PORTABLE AIR SYSTEM
Campfire Defender
31 Days in the Darien
31 Days in the Darien
$800 value- buy 2 tires get 2 FREE
$50.00 Gift Certificate
$50.00 Gift Certificate
$50.00 Gift Certificate
$50.00 Gift Certificate
Sleeping Bag
Bullet Antenna for Jeep JK
Suparee Spare Tire 3rd Brake Light                         
Hydro Flask / Shirt / Lantern
Hydro Flask / Shirt / Lantern
Hydro Flask / Shirt / Lantern
Hydro Flask / Shirt / Lantern
Metal Print of Rubicon Trail
Metal Print of Rubicon Trail
Day trip for 2 to Spider Lake
Aluminum Radiator for a Toyota
Performance Muffler
Performance Muffler
Fire Pit
RC Car
RC Car

Off the Rocks with Sponsors

Event Sponsors:

Power Tank

Ruff Stuff

Tailgater Tire Table

My Off Road Radio

Currie Enterprises, Inc.

GenRight

Warn Industries, Inc.

Trail Forged Off-Road

WFO

J&W Auto Wreckers

West Coast Differentials

MetalCloak

Rack it

Eagle Radiator

Marlin Crawler

Mission: To enhance the future health and use of the Rubicon trail, while ensuring responsible, motorized, year-round trail access.

Vision: To be the trusted stewards of the Rubicon Trail, ensuring sustainability for the experience of the users.

By Chris Cowan

Don’t Miss he 1st Annual Off The Rocks Show & Shine Event

Have you registered yet to have your “rig” in the 1st Annual Off the Rocks Show & Shine?

REGISTER HERE!

You do not want to miss this FUN event to show off your “rig” and hang out with old and new friends.

Come have your rig tested by the MetalCloak CTI Suspension Testing

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JACW66HRNnQ

October 12th from 10-3pm

$10 Donation

Dry Diggings Distillery

5050 Robert J. Mathews Parkway

El Dorado Hills, CA  95762

Raffle Tickets are now on sale

Call 888-678-2426 and leave a message or email info@rubicontrailfoundation.org

Off the Rocks with Sponsors

Event Sponsors:

Power Tank

Ruff Stuff

Tailgater Tire Table

My Off Road Radio

Currie Enterprises, Inc.

GenRight

Warn Industries, Inc.

Trail Forged Off-Road

WFO

J&W Auto Wreckers

West Coast Differentials

MetalCloak

Rack it

Eagle Radiator

Marlin Crawler

 

Mission: To enhance the future health and use of the Rubicon trail, while ensuring responsible, motorized, year-round trail access.

Vision: To be the trusted stewards of the Rubicon Trail, ensuring sustainability for the experience of the users.

By Chris Cowan

End of Season Wheelin’

It is almost that time of year, the end of the Summer Wheelin’ Season.  Of course the Rubicon is still open but there are more things to consider when planning your next adventure.

There has been a lot of work on the trail from the County and clubs to keep the Rubicon in great shape, showing no spills and making sure that all trash is picked up.  Do your part and if you see anything that needs to be picked up Pack It Out.

Please keep these tips in mind when going out-

  • Prepare your rig with all weather clothing and footwear.  You never know when it could rain or start snowing.
  • Be prepared with plenty of food and water in case of emergencies; also consider any medications you may need
  • Tell those you love where you are going and when you plan to return
  • Know the trail and or walk ahead and see any obstacles that could change your driving.
  • Always carry WAG Bags- there are a few restrooms on the trail but with more people coming to this destination and season changes you may need
  • Always carry a Spill Kit
  • Help keep the Rubicon beautiful- pick up any trash that you see and pack it out to a trash can.

You can get Spill Kits and WAG Bags at the Kiosk from the County or by calling us at 888-678-2426 or info@rubicontrailfoundation.org.

Mission: To enhance the future health and use of the Rubicon trail, while ensuring responsible, motorized,year-round trail access.

Vision: To be the trusted stewards of the Rubicon Trail, ensuring sustainability for the experience of the users.

By Chris Cowan

1st Annual Off the Rocks Show & Shine

Have you registered yet to have your “rig” in the 1st Annual Off the Rocks Show & Shine?

REGISTER HERE!

You do not want to miss this FUN event to show off your “rig” and hang out with old and new friends.

October 12th from 10-3pm

$10 Donation

Dry Diggings Distillery

5050 Robert J. Mathews Parkway

El Dorado Hills, CA  95762

Raffle Tickets are now on sale

To register or buy tickets click here :
Call  888-678-2426 and leave a message or email info@rubicontrailfoundation.org

Mission: To enhance the future health and use of the Rubicon trail, while ensuring responsible, motorized, year-round trail access.

Vision: To be the trusted stewards of the Rubicon Trail, ensuring sustainability for the experience of the users.

By Chris Cowan

Pack It In/Pack It Out

There has been lots of work down on the Rubicon Trail to make it the sanctuary that it is.   The County, the Rubicon Trail Foundation Board and many volunteers have been out there spreading the word of Pack It In/Pack It Out.

What does Pack It In/Pack It Out mean?  This common saying is a simple yet effective way to get visitors to take their trash home with them. There is no reason why people cannot carry out of the backcountry the extra food packaging materials, and human waste that they carried in with them in the first place.

Trash and litter ranks high as a problem in the minds of many visitors.

Trash and litter are human impacts that can greatly detract from the naturalness of an area.

We must all be mindful of even the smallest effects we have on land.  That is why the Rubicon Trail Foundation advocates Pack It In/Pack It Out.  We must all be good Stewards to the Rubicon Trail.

If you need WAG Bags please contact us at 888-678-2426 or info@rubicontrailfoundation.org.

Mission: To enhance the future health and use of the Rubicon trail, while ensuring responsible, motorized,               year-round trail access.

Vision: To be the trusted stewards of the Rubicon Trail, ensuring sustainability for the experience of the users.

By Ken Hower

This History Of Spill Kits

Rubicon Spill Kits

By Vickie Sanders

There has been a lot of discussion about spills recently. The County wants to remind everyone spills were part of the cleanup and abatement order from 2009. The county developed an educational program commonly called the 4’s, sanitation, spills, sedimentation and safety.

In 2011 spills were the focus of the year and with state grants the county has provided spill kits ever since at the kiosk free of charge. This is your green sticker money at work for you. You have already paid for them.

In the past RTF staff under contract with the county have been at the kiosk to hand these out. This year the county hired staff to be at the kiosk. Staff is there Friday thru Monday from 12-6. If you miss staff or need a kit you can always contact Vickie Sanders and come by the office. The County office is located in Placerville by the fairgrounds.

There is a group addressing the recent spills in the bowl. Thank you once again to a community that takes care of the resources and each other. Without your help the county could not do the work needed for the Rubicon.

In addition, RTF has 2 mid-trail staff on trail, Glenn near Buck Island and Mike near Spider. Both of these awesome gentlemen gladly will hand out spill kits provided by the County.

By Chris Cowan

Education at Kiosk

Play is the highest form of research.-Albert Einstein

This past weekend a few of our board members went to the Rubicon Trail and provided some education about the trail, gave out WAG Bags & Spill Kits, and had fun meeting and greeting users of the Rubicon Trail.

One of the main goals of the foundation is to provide education and help answer any questions about the trail.  We all met so many new wheelers who had never been before, to also seeing old faces who had to be on the trail even though Cantina for the Con was not happening.

We taught a whole group of brand new trail users all about WAG Bags, locations on the trail and then also some on how to use a Spill Kit.

It was great to see families having family time and unplugging from devices that are all too time consuming-

Hopefully everyone had a safe and fun Labor Day!

If you are interested in volunteering and making a difference on the Rubicon Trail please contact us at 888-678-2426 or email us at info@rubicontrilfoundation.org.

All kit contents were bought by the Rubicon Trail Foundation and our generous donors.

Mission: To enhance the future health and use of the Rubicon trail, while ensuring responsible, motorized, year-round trail access.

Vision:  To be the trusted stewards of the Rubicon Trail, ensuring sustainability for the experience of the users.

By Chris Cowan

1st Annual Off the Rocks 4×4 Show & Shine

Save the Date-

Reminder of T-Shirt Contest

1st Annual Off the Rocks 4×4 Show & Shine

FREE to the Public

There will be a taco stand, show and shine with trophies, music, Kids Zone, vendors, and a raffle!

October 12, 2019
Dry Diggings Distillery

10am-3pm

5050 Robert J. Mathews Parkway

El Dorado Hills, CA  95762

We will also be having our first ever Kids T-Shirt Idea Design Contest.

We need your help in designing the perfect 4 Wheelin’ or Camping T-Shirt.

Must submit orginal artwork no later than Sept. 22, 2019

Please contact us at 888-678-2426 or

email Amy Wylie at amy.wylie@rubicontrailfoundation.org 

Mission: To enhance the future health and use of the Rubicon trail, while ensuring responsible, motorized, year-round trail access.
Our vision is to be the trusted stewards of the Rubicon Trail, ensuring sustainability for the experience of the users.
By Chris Cowan

WAG bags & Spill Kits

The Rubicon Trail Foundation provides

WAG bags and Spill Kits!

One unique thing about the Rubicon Trail is there are pumpable toilets.  However, whenever you camp you should always be prepared and carry the basic neccessities to make your trip enjoyable.  It is always suggested to carry WAG bags and a Spill Kit in your vehicle/backpack as you never know when you will need them.  You would not leave home without clothes, would you?

If you are heading up to the Rubicon Trail you can always contact us to get these items.  We can be reached at 888-678-2426.

Dump A Load On RTF

  • What is a WAG bag kit? Each kit contains an outer zip-close disposal bag, a waste collection bag preloaded with waste treatment powder, toilet paper and a hand sanitizer towellete. The WAG (Waste Alleviation and Gelling) Bag contains enough gelling powder for 3-4 uses. The double bag system is made from a puncture resistant material.
  • To dispose seal it up, pack it out and when home dispose in trash.

What is a Spill Kit? 

  • What is a Spill Kit? This is a kit designed to absorb any spills from fluids of a vehicleEach kit contains zip-close disposal bag,  Bio Response, absorbent pad, and RTF rag.
  • Directions: Absorb as much oil as possible with the absorbent pads included in the spill kit. Apply Bio Response liquid on remaining spill, just walk away, bacteria will biodegrade what is left.
    * Please do not apply to asphalt.
  • First step is to control or stop the leak. Next contain what was spilled by using the absorbant pad and Bio Response.  Place all materials back in the zip-close disposal bag including any soil that was saturated.
  • To dispose on the Rubicon the storage shed on the west end is next to the Kiosk at Loon Lake. On the east end, the shed is located next to the restrooms in the parking lot.

Mission: To enhance the future health and use of the Rubicon trail, while ensuring responsible, motorized, year-round trail access.

Our vision is to be the trusted stewards of the Rubicon Trail, ensuring sustainability for the experience of the users.

By Chris Cowan

Camp Rubicon Hike

In the past few years we have taken families on a hike from Rubicon Springs to the Stone Cabin during Camp Rubicon. We always share the History of the Rubicon Trail while exploring the great outdoors.  This year quite a few kids found Arrowheads.  It was such a fun hike and we had more participants than ever. Another fun part of the hike is getting to chat with the families and find out why they came on the trip and learning from them.

Rusty Folena lead the hike.

The stone cabin is less than a 1/2 mile from the Rubicon Springs campining area.  There are many things to look for on the way to the cabin.  The cleared meadows were once hay fields and also had trout ponds.    The harvested fish from the ponds were wrapped in the meadow grass to keep fresh for the Hunsucker family to sale.

There are tall fir trees, willow trees and also gooseberries.  When there has been a ton of snow the beavers often gnaw on the trees.  You will also see trees and a stump in particular that were made by the Pileated WoodPeaker.

Rusty showed us where there are a few spots where blast marks from black powder and dynamite was used at some point in time to make room for wagons.  There look like a spider on the Granite.  There is also a spot right before the green gate that was blasted out for the wagons.