Trouble with Placer, RTF and the Tahoma Trailhead

For years there has been an ongoing issue with snow being piled up at the Tahoma trailhead. During low snow years, like this year, it is much less an issue. During high snow years, a twelve foot wall can block the entrance.

Placer County started their discussion by denying they were dumping snow at the entrance. A few years later, they admitted they placed snow there that was plowed from the intersection.

Most recently, RTF, FOTR, El Dorado County and some users met on sight with Placer County. Placer didn’t have a clue as to what the users wanted or the trail needed. All we were asking for was that Placer not pile snow in a way that would block the trail.

Many suggestions were offered, Placer wasn’t listening and RTF dropped the ball by never following through.

On a recent trip past the trail head, I found issues I knew would happen if nothing was done. Although it’s easy to blame the users, I blame RTF for not do a thing!

Let me explain. Since Placer decided to push snow off the intersection to the south (left) side of the entrance, and did not install snow stakes designating the trail, the users drove on the north (right) edge to get around the snow pile. Placer was informed there was a ditch on the north side but didn’t seem to care.

The users drove too far to the north and drove through the ditch and over a corrugated pipe. Not a big issue unless some anti-OHV tree-hugger files a complaint about OHV users driving off trail.

Three years ago, RTF promised to get with Placer County and solve this issue. It never happened. RTF is again promising to get with Placer. I’m not holding my breath.

After that face-to-face meeting on sight, Placer held a public Zoom meeting. Placer stated that they would continue to prioritize clearing the residential streets over maintaining access to the Rubicon Trail and our public lands. An RTF director said he thought the meeting went very well! That RTF director has been put in charge of working with Placer.

RTF needs to held accountable for maintaining access to the Rubicon Trail, via all entrances.

Placer County needs to be pressured to stop piling snow at the entrance.

I suggest you contact both Placer and RTF and let them know.

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Rubicon Ronin



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