Trail Conditions-Fall 2023:
El Dorado County: The trail is currently under fall conditions. Please check weather in advance as early fall snow storms are possible. Pack and prepare accordingly.
Placer County: The trail is currently under fall conditions. Please check weather in advance as early fall snow storms are possible. Pack and prepare accordingly.
RTF Property: Open 24/7/365, but always prepare for snow fall. There is a winch point at the top of Trash Can Hill. If you go down, check the winch point location first.
The Rubicon Trail travels through the El Dorado and
Tahoe National Forests, and is often under fire
restrictions, even if the trail and it's surroundings seem
wet. Users must be responsible for knowing whether
fire restrictions are in force.
El Dorado National Forest: As of October 6, 2023 there are NO fire restrictions
Tahoe National Forest: As of October 6, 2023 there are NO fire restrictions
The Rubicon Trail is open for motorized travel 24/7 and 365 days a year unless subject to environmental events, such as fires. But it is not subject to USFS closures due to Travel Management. This is due to hard work between El Dorado County, Rubicon Trail Foundation, FOTR and all the users that volunteer to meet the criteria of the easement conditions. Only under severe conditions does the trail ever close, and this is usually lift as quickly as possible.
The road across the two dams at Loon Lake are open to winter motorized recreation.
We at RTF fully support the enforcement of the driving off the trail and resource damage laws.
Winter run off is a great concern along the Rubicon. A motto we have heard is "Make dust not mud."
If you can put off your trip until the trail dries, please do so.
This is the time of year that erosion damage can be done to the trail.
Tread Lightly and Stay on Trail! If you can’t make the obstacle (water or granite) “Turn around, don’t go around!”
The bugs come out as the snow melt slows. Bring bug spray!
Only the most prepared and built rigs should attempt winter travel on the Rubicon. If a critical part breaks, then you could be in the snow for days.
The walk out could be 10-15 miles.
Let people know when you’re going and when you’ll be back.
The ham repeater is now year round but it is not a reason to go in unprepared.
You could be held responsible for the cost of your rescue.