Rubicon Closed – “for safety” (BULLSHIT!)

As of December 30, 2022, the Rubicon Trail is closed for public safety in accordance with county procedures and a determination was made with the Department of Transportation, the Sheriff’s Office, and the Parks Division.

El Dorado County has closed the Rubicon Trail. For the record, that is only an El Dorado County closure. The Rubicon Trail is open within Placer County.

I assume that the closure is due to the storm systems currently hitting the Sierra Nevada. What I’m not sure of is why politicians, specifically in California, seem to think we need mothering. I’m calling the move “bullshit”!

California has a history of wanting to control everything in our lives. Below is just one story about CA wanting to control thermostats:

https://www.cnsnews.com/news/article/california-proposes-taking-control-thermostats

I get that the government is trying to protect us. So, let’s play that thought out. Let’s have the government protect us from other dangerous sports and activities.

Probably the big one, skiing. Why does the government allow us to ski? 39 deaths per year:

https://thehobbykraze.com/competitive/skiing/can-you-die-skiing/#:~:text=According%20to%20NSAA%20Fatality%20Fact%20Sheet%20for%20Skiier%2FSnowboarder,incidents%20occurred%20on%20more%20or%20most%20difficult%20terrain

Why does the government allow us to recreate on Lake Tahoe? Six deaths on Lake Tahoe summer 2022:

https://www.kcra.com/article/lake-tahoe-officials-stress-water-safety-after-record-deadly-summer/40315994

Why does the government allow us to go to the Grand Canyon? Multiple deaths at the Grand Canyon:

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/grand-canyon-deaths-after-latest-fatal-fall-tourists-still-drawn-n998791

Why does the government allow us to drive through Death Valley? Six deaths in Death Valley:

https://www.sfgate.com/california-parks/article/Hiking-fatality-adds-more-tragedy-to-Death-16609630.php

And for god’s sake, why do we still have hiking trails in this country? 120-150 hiker deaths every year:

https://www.hikersuniversity.com/post/how-many-hikers-die-each-year

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Government control (read as closures) is continuing to creep into our lives. We need to tell the government to back off.

Government agencies are increasingly closing our Rubicon Trail and we need to push back. Safety is the new closure reason. They say they know better than we do. The current El Dorado for weather safety. Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit has twice closed the trail for fire safety, with the fires 12+ miles away, while the Tahoe National Forest had not even closed the Rubicon Trail.

Our OHV advocacy groups need to push back. They need to push back now. And they need to push back HARD. If we don’t fight to keep our trails open, they will be closed, for one lame reason or another.

I’m calling on RTF to step up and work to their mission statement: “To enhance the future health and use of the Rubicon trail, while ensuring responsible, motorized, year-round trail access.”

I’m calling on Cal4 to fight for our trails. CORVA, Blue Ribbon, AMA, ETC. Anyone and everyone that uses an OHV trail should be fighting this, and every, Rubicon Trail closure. The Rubicon Trail is open year-round. Although I’m not sure I believe that anymore.

How long are these organization willing to wait before they fight? Are you happy with your donations that have gone to these organizations, while you watch them sit on their hands while the trail is closed? Contact your favorite OHV advocacy group and let them know this closure is unacceptable. Let them know it’s time to fight.

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Rubicon Ronin

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UPDATE/CORRECTION

It has been brought to my attention that CORVA did indeed challenge the FS fire closures of the Rubicon Trail. Thank you, Amy Granat! I was wrong and stand corrected.

If anyone EVER has corrections to my rantings, please get in touch and I’ll post them up.



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