Camping on the Rubicon Trail is a great way to enjoy the area. It is recommended for first time users
to plan to camp at least two days if you are planning to run the entire trail. Relax and enjoy this
Some favorite designated camping areas near the El Dorado side of the trail:
North Shore (loon Lake)
On the Tahoe side, there is really only one good designated camping area near the trail: Kaspian
In the National Forests near the trail and alongside the trail, dispersed camping is allowed in most areas.
Dispersed camping means just that: you can camp about anywhere you like, but you cannot drive off
the roads or the Rubicon Trail! Virtually ALL of the camping on the trail itself is dispersed.
Here’s a list of likely spots to camp alongside the trail:
Winter Camp (near Little Sluice)
Little Sluice slab area
Buck Island lake
Rubicon Springs (Contact Rubicon Soda Springs for any fee information)
Top of Cadillac at Observation point area
For details, see http://www.fs.fed.us/r5/ltbmu/regulations/rules.shtml
Your campground manager should also know of any restrictions.