Long Lake Trail Maintenance 7-28-21

The Long Lake Trail is at the bottom of Cadillac Hill and runs along the Rubicon River for 0.91 miles. Yes, I’m getting that specific as there is a definite end of the trail that we must adhere to or we could lose the entire trail.

The kiosk at the trailhead received some new paperwork as the old ones were wet and faded.

A few nuisance boulders were removed from the center of the trail. These were not obstacles that added anything to the trail experience, just something to go around and make the trail wider.

The campsite area had the old drive through route blocked off (again) and signed to explain why. The Forest Service has prohibited the area as a drive through. If we don’t play by the rules, we could lose the campsite.

This step got some reworking. There was an undercut developing which is nothing anyone wants to try and drive up. It only leads to breakage. And the boulder in the middle of nowhere is one of those nuisance boulders that was moved. This one was moved in to the undercut area and built in to a ramp.

Two routes were maintained. Easy towards the river (right side) and harder (but not tough) closer to the HUGE boulder.

The end of the trail has been blocked and signed to prevent travel and inform the users.

Please get out there and explore and enjoy your trails. The Long Lake Trail is adopt and maintained by the Lake Tahoe Hi-Lo’s.

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Jeepers Jamboree closure dates -2021

Sorry they are late to be posted.

My understanding is that every year Jeepers jamboree gets a “parade permit” from El Dorado County. This allows JJ to close the Rubicon Trail for exclusive use by their participants. The trail is open to the public Midnight to 6am.

Let’s be clear, this is an El Dorado County closure only. All trails within Placer County are open for public use.

That being said, I would urge users to stay clear due to the sheer volume of vehicle coming out, specifically on those Sundays.

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Work on the Tahoe side

Although I was told earlier this season there would be no work done on the Rubicon within the Tahoe National Forest in 2021, rock has been placed in some of the low spots.

As I was driving out on Wednesday, just west of the turn for Sourdough Hill:

Just east of the turn to Sourdough Hill:

Not remembering where this was:

West of Miller Lake:

Another west of Miller.

There were two or three other spots that had new rock placed.

It’s good to see this work being done. Hopefully, it will continue.

Work on the rolling dips within the Lake Tahoe Basin will happen next year.

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Trailer Tailgate Rebuild

Years ago, I picked up an old highway lighting trailer. I lined it with plywood, did a spring over axle, swapped to it 5 on 5.5 and put on a universal hitch.

Over the years, I’ve repaired and replaced the hitch, rebuilt the front side of the trailer after the my Jeep’s bumper fell off and replaced the tailgate and now it’s time for tailgate 2.0.

The trailer has served me well over the years. This is a very early shot of the trail and me hauling in the kiosk for the Long Lake Trail.

Bringing the new trailhead sign in for TKS-11

Though I’ve not always treated the trailer as well as I should have…

Story to follow…

That was an empty trailer, too much speed and one tire hitting a rock. Two snatch blocks and a winch and I had it rubber side down again.

I did replace that slide down tailgate but it was time for a new tailgate. What I had laying around was a Jeep tailgate designated for my ‘project’ Jeep. Well, the trailer needed it more than the project. Out with the old, broken (again), slide in set-up.

Mocking up the brackets, yes, it is an old bedframe. Cheapest angle iron around.

In with the new Jeep tailgate.

I tried to get fancy with an adjustable bolt set-up for aligning the sides of the trailer to the tailgate. It’s just too loose. I need to weld EVERYTHING.

It’s still using the stock latch system.

Next week, off to Pick-n-Pull to get some tailgate straps, so I can hold the tailgate level when open or drop it vertical to unload rock.

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SPI properties are closed

I got this through a mountain bike thread. Not sure what is around the Rubicon but good information to know for those going out later in the summer.

SPI Forestlands Closed to Public Access Due to Wildfire Danger

Due to extreme drought and wildfire conditions, Sierra Pacific Industries (SPI) has closed most of forestlands to public access. These closures will remain in effect until further notice. Public roads that are on SPI forestlands will remain open, but no walk-in access will be allowed. For those looking for maps of SPI property lines, there are several third-party applications available for purchase.

All California forestlands, closure effective Mon., June 21.

Washington state forestlands in Clark, Cowlitz and Lewis counties, closure effective Thurs., July 1. At this time, SPI lands in Pacific, Skagit, Snohomish and Whatcom counties remain available for non-motorized recreational access.

Sierra Pacific Industries – Recreation Access (spi-ind.com)https://spi-ind.com/OurForests/RecreationAccess?fbclid=IwAR389zO-6-2cmAcnwieUUFdB91nDbZkzs6yijdJ91-JcYl0UrtLZRZK1qiU

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