WEATHER LINKS

General Tahoe Weather

 

GENERAL TAHOE

Sierra at Tahoe, the closest ski area to Loon Lake.

 

SIERRA ON TAHOE

Weather and snow report for Homewood Mountain Resort, the closest ski area to the Rubicon on the Tahoe side.

 

HOMEWOOD MOUNTAIN

Webcams of what's happening at Tahoe. They're not always operational but when they are, a picture is worth a thousand words.

 

TAHOE WEBCAMS

WEATHER AND THE TRAILS


FIRE RESTRICTIONS

The Rubicon Trail travels through the Eldorado 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.

Use the links below and watch for fire condition signs
that should be posted at every major Forest entry road.



FIRE RESTRICTION SITES
EL DORADO

 

TAHOE

 

TAHOE BASIN

DRIVING RESTRICTIONS

Eldorado Forest Roads are closed to winter use January through March. The Rubicon Trail and the Ellis Creek Trail are El Dorado County roads and area not affected by Forest Service closures.

The road across the two dams at Loon Lake are open to winter motorized recreation. The voluntary use of Wentworth Springs only during the winter is no longer in effect.

Route Designation has been completed on the El Dorado National Forest and the recognized routes are the only trails you can legally drive. There are large fines for driving off trail; the fine goes up if you have caused resource damage.

 

EL DORADO MAP

The Tahoe National Forest is in the middle of Route Designation. Please contact them directly if you have any questions.

 

TAHOE PLANS

The Lake Tahoe Management Unit has completed an inventory of all legal OHV routes within the basin. They did this some time ago and have posted the  route at the following link.

 

LEGAL ROUTES

We at RTF fully support the enforcement of the driving off the trail and resource damage laws.

 

SPRING

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. 

  Stay on the trail. If you can’t make the obstacle (water or granite) “Turn around, don’t go around!”

  Tread Lightly! The bugs come out as the snow melt slows. Bring bug spray!

WINTER

Only the most prepared and built rigs should attempt winter travel on the Rubicon. With the wrong part breaking, 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.

SUMMER

As the snow melt dries the fire danger increases.

  Please check this site and the Forest Service site for updates.

  The trail is quite crowded on the weekends.

  Please show some patience when slow downs occur.

FALL

 

  This time of year storms can move in fast.

  Be prepared for all types of weather.

  Fire restrictions could still be in place.