The “Who’s Who” of the Rubicon

Who’s Who?  A look at the government agencies, clubs, organizations, forests, property owners, representatives, counties and water districts that affect or govern the world famous Rubicon Trail

Alright, this article grew to be longer than I thought as there are far more interested parties regarding the Rubicon than originally thought. That and I  tend to go overboard. In no particular order:



The Rubicon Trail spans two counties, Placer County (PCo) in the east and Eldorado County (ElDoCo) in the west. The dividing line on the Rubicon Trail is the north border of the “Rubicon Springs” property. Both counties are involved with managing the Rubicon Trail. Below are links to the Rubicon Trail pages for each county.

Placer County Rubicon page:

El Dorado County Rubicon page:


Rubicon Oversight Committee

El Dorado County has a long established committee that deals with nothing but Rubicon Trail issues called the Rubicon Oversight Committee (ROC). This has been a huge help to getting things accomplished by both the county and the users. The county run meetings are monthly meetings are attended by county officials, FOTR, RTF, users, anti-OHV people, sometimes state officials and other interested parties. The meetings are open to the public and held on the second Thursday of each month at the ElDoCo facilities in Placerville.

The county supervisors for each county are:

Jennifer Montgomery

Placer County

175 Fulweiler Avenue

Auburn, CA 95603

Norma Santiago

El Dorado County

330 Fair Lane

Placerville, CA 95667


Key county workers:

Placer County – Kansas McGahan, Senior Civil Engineer, works out of the Kings Beach office at Lake Tahoe.

El Dorado County – Vickie sanders, CAO Administrative Analyst at the County of El Dorado, I think is now in charge of ALL parks/trails within  ElDoCo. A Donna Mullens is now the one sending out the minutes and agendas for the ROC meetings.



The Rubicon Trail crosses three ‘forests’: the Eldorado National Forest (ENF), the Tahoe National Forest (TNF) and the Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit (LTBMU, technically not a forest). The Rubicon crosses the border between the ENF and the TNF at Miller Creek at the bottom of Cadillac Hill. The Trail crosses from the TNF to the LTBMU east of Miller Lake. (When you see an Arizona crossing with rocks imbedded in it, from there east is the TNF). The TNF is working to replace the sign that was once there.

Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit (LTBMU)



Nancy J. Gibson  is the Forest Supervisor

(Still working on who should be THE contact for Rubicon issues)


Tahoe National Forest (TNF) – Truckee District



Tom Quinn is the TNF Forest Supervisor

Joanne Robique is the Truckee District Ranger

Susanne Jensen is the seasonal OHV Recreation Specialist for the Truckee District


Eldorado national Forest (ENF) – Pacific Ranger District


Rubicon – The ENF does not have a Rubicon page

Lawrence Crabtree is the Forest Supervisor

Richard Thornburg is the Pacific District Ranger

Debbie Gaynor is the Recreation Specialist for the Pacific District


Water Districts

This is where things really got started back in 2000. A complaint was filed and the Lahontan Water Board stepped in to make sure the Rubicon Trail was not harming the water entering Lake Tahoe. Years later, a similar complaint was filed with the Central Valley Water Board for that watershed. Both efforts failed to close the trail but instead brought funding to maintain the Rubicon Trail.

The Lahontan Water Board manages the Lake Tahoe Basin watershed and thus covers the LTBMU. The Central Valley Water Board covers both the TNF and the ENF sections of the Rubicon Trail.

Lahontan Regional Water Quality Control Board

Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board


State (wide) agencies

CA State Parks – Off Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation (OHMVR)

State Parks are involved in the Rubicon Trail by providing grant funding to the national forests, and non-profit groups and by providing law enforcement as needed for the Rubicon Trail and all other OHV trails in the state.

Grant contact – George MacDougall

LEO Contact – Brian Robertson


CA Association of 4 Wheel Drive Clubs (Cal4)

Cal4 has been around for a VERY long time, if you’re not a member, sign-up now. They are THE agency that allows scores of clubs to stand together to fight for OHV access on public lands.


Nevada 4 Wheel Drive Association (N4WDA)

These guys are new to the scene. There have been Nevada state organizations around before but they didn’t last. With the new OHV registration requirements in Nevada, there was a need to have a formal group to work with those collecting the money to make sure it goes to OHV needs and not in to the general fund. There are also access fights to be fought, like the grouse issue, in Nevada.


Government (elected) Representatives


Jerry Brown


Barbra Boxer

Dianne Feinstein

State Representative for the Rubicon area

Ted Gaines – State Senator

Brian Dahle – State Assembly

Frank Bigelow – State Assembly

US Representative

Tom McClintock


Volunteer Organizations

Friends of the Rubicon (FOTR)

Rubicon Trail Foundation (RTF)


Country wide agencies

Blue Ribbon Coalition (BRC)

Tread Lightly!

United Four Wheel Drive Association


Private Property owners

Rubicon Soda Spring Incorporated (RSSI)

(Sixteen or seventeen owners in this group)

The half section that is the “Rubicon Springs”


Rubicon Trail Partnership (RTP)

(I think there are only six people in this group)

East half of the Spider Lake area


Auburn Jeep Club – private parcel

Five acres between Ellis Creek and Walker Hill


Rubicon Trail Foundation (RTF) – not yet open to vehicle traffic, working on an easement

The half section between the Spider section and the Rubicon Springs section

There are many other privately owned parcels along the Rubicon but these are the groups I had information on and that are known to support OHV use.


Disclaimer:  I know this is NOT a complete list of everyone out there that is helping or at least interested in the Rubicon Trail. If you feel your organization should be on this list, send me the details and I’ll add you.

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