WEATHER AND THE TRAILS
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.
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 The voluntary use of Wentworth Springs only during the winter is no longer in effect.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.
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.
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!
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.