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Rubicon Trail Lake Tahoe California

Rubicon Trail Lake Tahoe California

I usually spend my mornings looking for amazing hiking trails but today I wanted to spend some time on a jeep trail. I wanted to look at a place that I think is one of the most beautiful places I have seen and that is Lake Tahoe. I stumbled across Rubicon Trail and it looks like a fun place to take a jeep ride. If any of you have had the pleasure of traversing this trail feel free to write us a little story and tell us all about it. Until then this is what the web has to say.

The Rubicon Trail is a 22-mile-long route, part road and part 4×4 trail, located in the Sierra Nevada of the western United States, due west of Lake Tahoe and about 80 miles (130 km) east of Sacramento.

The western maintained portion of the route is called the Wentworth Springs Road; it begins in Georgetown, California, a hamlet in California’s Gold Country. The road continues from its intersection with State Route 193 towards Wentworth Springs, where the trailhead for the unmaintained portion of the route exists adjacent to Loon Lake. The trail portion of the route is about 12 miles (19 km) long and passes in part through the El Dorado National Forest as well as the Tahoe National Forest and the Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit. The eastern maintained portion of the trail is called the McKinney Rubicon Springs Road, and leads to Lake Tahoe.

The Rubicon/McKinney Road was established in the 1800’s as a stage coach road between Georgetown and Lake Tahoe mainly to serve two resort hotels at Wentworth Springs and Rubicon Springs. After the hotels went out of business and the road deteriorated it was picked as home for the first Jeepers Jamboree in 1953. Since then it has gained international recognition and is considered the Mecca for fourwheelers.

Rubicon Jeep Trail is an iconic destination for 4x4s. The Tahoe side of the Rubicon is also decent for MTB, and can be used for longer backcountry rides and loops.

The terrain ranges from easy to steep climbing on loose cobble.

Parts of it are very scenic, and there are three alpine lakes along the road.

Note that beyond the Blackwood Canyon intersection the trail is not great for MTBs. Think big rocks and deep powdery dust. Great for rock crawlers, not so great for MTBs.

The Rubicon is mapped to the top of Cadillac Hill, but very few people ride that far. You certainly can ride from Loon Lake to Tahoe on the Rubicon Trail but it is slow going on bikes due to unrelenting rocks. It took some of my friends 8-10 hours to cover the 26 miles, and me several hours on a motorcycle due to scouting the moto-accessible lines.

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