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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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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Video about the Buck Lake Trail

This video just came up on a Facebook page I follow. The first thing I liked was that he turned around when he came to a downed tree across on of the trails, he didn’t go around.

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Forest Road 03-04 Improvements

For those of you that don’t know that road, it runs from the Rubicon over to Barker Pass. It was one of the recommended reroutes around the closed staging area last week.

It’s probably twice as far to get to Lake Tahoe than the Rubicon, but it’s twice as smooth. And it just got better.

While the staging area was getting paved, Forest Road 03-04 was getting groomed. The first mile off the Rubicon was always little rough and severely rutted. But the road got progressively better the closer you got to Barker Pass. The last few miles at Barker Pass you could drive a Honda Civic down, it’s that groomed.

Back in 2016, there was water running down the trail causing erosion, allowing sediment to get in to the water system.

Hard to see, but looking back down the trail towards the Rubicon, there is one on many new rolling dips along Forest Road 03-04, so many I lost count.

Just south of the intersection of 03-04-14, looking up the trail, 2016.

Just last week, looking down the same section of trail.

Forest Road 03-04 is classified as a ‘road’ not a ‘trail’, so it is maintained at a different level then say the Buick Lake Trail. The FS got serious with 03-04 this time around. The work done on this trail will allow emergency vehicles to access more of our forests. For the Rubicon, it means we can bring in material with very large trucks much closer to the actual trail.

There are a ton of places to camp along and just off Forest Road 03-04. The most popular is Bear Lake but it’s usually crowded. Some of the other side roads have great views and are always empty of campers. You should check them out.

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