Trail Conditions – March 2017

I just got word that someone has broken through the wall at the residential area:

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At the staging area. Those are the two pit toilets in the background!

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Though you won’t get far. I think that’s right at the staging area (the creek would be Water Bar #1) but I’m not sure.

Snow creek crossing

Please remember to Tread Lightly! if you venture out on the Rubicon. Don’t spin your tires in the dirt or mud. That will cause erosion and the sedimentation that gets in the water my find its way to Tahoe and the anti-OHV people will use it against us.

Use the winch, take a strap, wheel in as far as you can but don’t give the other side ammo to use against us.

 

Rubicon Ronin

 

 


Oppose SB 249, Save our OHV $$$$$

Recently, I’ve posted about the possible end of the CA State Parks OHMVR Division and CORVA’s (CA Off Road Vehicle Association) promotion of a bill to keep that OHV funding source in place.

https://theotherrubicon.com/?s=CORVA

There is now a bill that has been put forth to END this grant funding for OHV.

http://cal4wheel.com/sb-249-opposition

If you do nothing else this year for OHV, make a call or send an email to your local elected representative to support the continuation of the CA State Parks OHMVR Grant Program and oppose SB 249.

As a citizen of Nevada, not California, it’s a little tricky for me to contact “my” elected CA representative. But I will use the CA address of my family cabin at Tahoe and submit that I recreate (read as bring money to spend) in CA and the continuation of this grant program with promote me to continue to recreate in CA.

This is HUGE people. I don’t often ask for my readers to act. This blog is for your enjoyment and education. I didn’t start this blog to promote myself or any ’cause’. I try not to rant too often. But, I am promoting this cause because if we lose our OHV funds, our trails will close do to lack of maintenance.

The old saying is: “If you don’t vote, you can’t complain.” Well the new quote will be: “If you didn’t speak out to save the CA State Parks OHMVR Grant Program, you can’t complain when your OHV sticker funds go to maintain a State Park that doesn’t allow OHV use and our OHV trails get closed.” Not as catchy but you get my point.

Contact your politician and tell your friends to do the same.

 

Rubicon Ronin

 


14′ wall and more on the way!

I ventured out to the Rubicon today (3/2/2017) and found the largest wall I’ve ever seen at the entrance to the Rubicon.

The directional sign we put in last year seems to be tall enough, so far.

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Looking down the last street toward the entrance to the Rubicon Trail. Notice the height of the snow on either side of the road.

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But when you get to the Rubicon, the snow is now 14′ tall!

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My truck is about 6′ tall. At least the Rubicon Trail sign is visible.

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What concerns me are the HUGE rotary blade marks in the wall. Private snow removal guys don’t have machines that big. Only the County has those.

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I’ve already fired off a letter to Placer County Supervisor Montgomery to get the County to come out with a front loader to remove snow to the point that it matches the snow loads in the rest of the neighborhood.

We’ll have to wait and see what happens.

But for now we get to wait for the storm that is going to hit Saturday night.

Spring begins March 20th!

 

Rubicon Ronin

 

 

 

 

 


OHMVR Grant Cycle

OHV Grant Funding

The grant cycle has started. Several agencies have help open houses to ask the users what they want done with their trails this summer.

Please take the time to contact your local office and provide polite input as to how you would like to fee your funds spent.

The CA Off Road Vehicle Association (CORVA) has moved forward on the effort to renew the grant program. This great program was scheduled to sunset after this year. These funds are critical for us to maintain our trails and keep them safe and thus open.

 

CORVA is proud to announce the introduction of AB 1077, a bill to reauthorize the OHV program in California authored by Patrick O’Donnell (D-Long Beach).  CORVA has been working with the California Motorized Recreation Council to have this important bill introduced. AB 1077 reauthorizes the Off Highway Motorized Vehicle Recreation Division that manages our State Vehicular Recreation Areas and OHV Trust Fund Grant Program, used by federal, county and city agencies across the state to keep off-road opportunities open in California.

We ask all our members to contact their legislative representatives NOW to express their support for the bill. Those who live in District 70 represented by Assemblyman O’Donnell are asked to thank the Assemblyman for authoring and introducing the bill. Click on the link below to find your legislators

The entire (short) bill text can be found here: Read Bill. It is usually short and just removes the provision that details the sun-setting of the program.

It wouldn’t hurt to have you contact your representatives to ask for their support of this bill. This bill does not use general taxes for funding, the funding comes from sales and green sticker fees. It is self contained.

 

Rubicon Ronin


Rubicon conditions

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I’m continuing to follow the saga of the stuck rigs on the Rubicon. An effort was made this past weekend to reach them but it fell short due to mechanical failures. But they got to in quite a ways considering conditions.

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Yes, that is the staging area and the two twelve foot tall pit toilets!

I’m assuming the photo below is the creek at water bar number eight, the first Arizona crossing on the trail.

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That would be a cold, deep crossing on a Quad!

Please remember that this will be a very late OHV season. All trails will be very wet and probably not open on time. One can be cited for damaging the forest even while on an OHV trail. Always Tread Lightly!

Be patient, summer will get here.

 

Rubicon Ronin

FYI – Lake Tahoe has already risen three feet this year! And Spring isn’t here yet!