Top 10 Off-Roading Destinations For Summer 2012, #1 Rubicon
Edward A. Sanchez, Truck Trend, EDC, June 13, 2012As strange as it may sound for what's considered one of the most challenging off-road courses in the North America, or even the world, the Rubicon Trail is technically part of a county road in El Dorado County, California. A rather poorly-maintained section of one, but that makes it all the more attractive to those seeking off-road challenge and adventure.
The trail is closed to the public in late July and early August for the Jeepers Jamboree and the officially-sponsored Jeep Jamboree. The Rubithon, an off-road event sponsored by the Toyota Land Cruiser Association, also usually takes place in late June. Be forewarned, this is not a simple day trip. Running the entire length of the trail is generally a four-day outing and recently-implemented rules require that you camp no further than 50 feet from the designated trail. It's not recommended that you tackle the Rubicon solo or with an inexperienced partner.
Rubicon Trail, California
Rubicon Trail California
Location: Northern California
Coordinates: N 38.9249 and W -120.78965 (Georgetown Ranger Station)
Average Temperatures (F): June - High: 82 Low: 55; July - High: 90 Low: 61; August - High: 91 Low: 61
Closest Towns: Georgetown, Placerville, Coloma
Permits Required: U.S. Forest Service Camp Fire, Green or Red State Use Sticker for non street-legal vehicles.
www.rubicon-trail.com - Useful resource page compiled and maintained by Harald Pietschmann with downloadable coordinates, tips, and nearby accommodations.
www.jeepjamboreeusa.com - Official website of the Jeep Jamboree, one of the signature events to take place on the trail.
www.placerville.info - Placerville area informational page, including towns of Georgetown, Placerville and Coloma.
www.fs.usda.gov/eldorado - Eldorado National Forest homepage. Good informational page on area conditions near trail.