Official Rubicon Bypass

So, I’m not seeing where I posted about the large mud hole on the Tahoe Side of the Rubicon, but there was one. It was so bad, 4 of the 5 in our group the day we encountered it got stuck. We were all in well built rigs on 35’s or more.

The users created an illegal bypass but it was blocked off by ‘those in charge’. Unfortunately, ‘those in charge’ did nothing to FIX the mud hole.

Guess what? ‘Those in charge’ just created a “temporary bypass” around the mud hole until it can be properly repaired.

There has been no word on when repairs to the mud hole might take place.

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Rubicon Ronin


Side Wall Blowout

Sooner or later it will happen to all of us. This is my third off-road flat.

This morning, I headed out on the Rubicon to try and clear a water bar on Cadillac Hill and to try to improve the mud hole on the Tahoe side.

Staging Area at 8:30; the 03-04 intersection by 9:02. but at 9:40, I blew out the sidewall of the front right tire.

This is just past the Barker Meadow OHV Route and just before the usually wet obstacle before Hummer Bend.

Double throw bottle jack underneath, rather than a Hi-Lift jack under the bumper. Tire under rig for safety.

I tried to refill it, hoping I just lost the bead long enough to flatten it, but upon closer inspection, I wasn’t going to fill it.

10:08 I was back on the trail. Not the same tread but the same size. I turned around and headed home. The maintenance will wait.

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Rubicon Ronin


Long Lake Trailhead Sign

Several years ago, the Lake Tahoe Hi-Lo’s installed a trailhead sign at the entrance to the Long Lake Trail (16E12). It’s the left turn just before the graves on the Rubicon Trail.

Well, over those years the sign was a little neglected. That changed this past weekend at the Hi-Lo’s returned and installed new posts for the sign and updated the information on the sign.

It was truly a team effort. I provided the signage, Michael brought a power auger, Gary brought hand and power tools (and the trailer to haul all this stuff), Scot provided the cement, Carlos was do everything man of the day. Kade served as the finisher making sure everything was squared away at the end.

Hopefully, fewer people will take a wrong turn there as they head to Cadillac Hill and Lake Tahoe as probably six rigs did while we were there! I do want to add a small “Dead End” sign.

The post and sign are not going anywhere with the concrete, pipe and brackets used!

It needs paint and a piece of plexiglass but it looks great.

I personally want to thank everyone that had a hand in this project. It was really a team effort and with so many people stepping up, it didn’t take a whole lot of effort. The hard part was getting our act together before hitting the trail to make sure we had everything.

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Rubicon Ronin


First to the summit…

The Tahoe Donner 4-Wheelers were out yesterday on the Rubicon to replace weather worn signage on the Miller Lake sign board.

It didn’t take too long to staple some laminations to a piece of plywood.

So we decided to check out the Richardson Lake Trail that runs up to Sourdough Hill. The first sizable snow drift looked formattable.

John made it but I slide a little sideways and had to pull a winch line like the others behind me.

There were some longer sections where we had to dig a notch for the upper wheels to prevent sliding off the trail.

There was one tree across the trail that was easily removed as we were prepared for such issues.

Most of the snow section we tried to drive as they were. It got a little tippy at times. Of course the photo doesn’t share the feeling!

After summiting Sourdough, we run up the Buck Lake Trail. Very wet and snow still at the top. We didn’t make it too far up the Ellis Peak/Lake Trail. This is a shot on the way down.

Of course we’re out there for the beauty as well as the challenge.

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Rubicon Ronin


Tahoe Forest Fire Restrictions in Effect

As of today, fire restrictions are also in effect on the Tahoe National Forest:

As an FYI, I don’t think there are fire restrictions for the Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit as they ALWAYS require any fire to be in a designated campsite in a Forest Service provided ring.