It took someone driving up to the trailhead to figure this one out. There are no barricades or road closures along the route to the Loon Lake entrance.
Thank you to Rusty Folena of RTF for making the drive.
The Eldorado National Forest has not confirmed this anywhere. Hopefully they will mention it in their Twitter update tonight at 6pm.
I’m not sure how to tell you to find that live update as I don’t do Twitter but it will probably get posted on the Rubicon Gazette Facebook page very soon after it ends.
No overnight camping and no open flames. Day use only.
The Eldorado National Forest released the update below this morning:
There was no mention of the Rubicon Trail open or closed, so I called the fire information line listed on the update.
I was told the Rubicon Trail was CLOSED.
So, I called Vickie Sanders and left a message. That was 10:18am this morning (9/22/2020). I emailed RTF and they said they were “going with the information they were given”. Which was the Rubicon was open. That doesn’t help the guy who drives up there and finds a barricade.
This is a major agency communications cluster. I’m trying to get good information so people know what is going on before heading up to the trail.
As soon as I get HARD information, I will post it.
I reached out to RTF about the closure this morning (9/21). They got in touch with Vickie Sanders of El Dorado County. She called the Eldorado National Forest.
12:15pm 9/21/2020: We think the Rubicon has formally been reopened.
When someone publishes something firm, I will add it to this post.
It appears that the Rubicon Trail will be the southern / eastern border of the Fork Fire closure. But that has not been confirmed.
Stay tuned. Sorry I don’t have firm information for you.
The Rubicon Trail is currently CLOSED within the Eldorado National Forest. Ice House Road is closed north of the intersection of Wentworth Springs Road.
The Eldorado National Forest has issued a closure for the area around the Fork Fire for through November 30th. It’s HUGE and way bigger than it needs to be.
I do not see ELD-147 and ELD-63 (and the side trails) listed in the closure order. But with Ice House closed, we can’t get there.
I’m trying to deal with facts and evidence to back it up. Here is a link to the video of last night’s meeting. At about the 24 minute mark in the video below, the question is asked “is the Rubicon open” and the answer is no, not within the Eldorado Forest.
This closure is wrong. The area is too large and I see it as an attack on OHV.
I don’t know how we should push back on this closure but we need to push back and in a very strong manner.
Please read the press release below…
U.S. Forest Service
Pacific Southwest Region
TAHOE NATIONAL FOREST
631 Coyote Street
Nevada City, CA 95959
Contact: Joe Flannery
September 18, 2020
Nevada City, Calif. —The Tahoe National Forest is reopening this weekend after nearly two weeks of unprecedented, emergency closures due to California wildfires and wildfire risk. The forest remains closed until 8:00 a.m. Saturday, September 19, 2020.
Along with the general reopening this Saturday, a new Forest Closure Orders will strictly prohibit the following activities across the entire Tahoe National Forest through October 18, 2020:
- Camping, except within Developed Campgrounds open for public use, within the Granite Chief Wilderness, and within 500 feet of the Pacific Crest Trail.
- Discharging a firearm, except while engaged in a lawful hunt pursuant to state, and federal law and regulations.
In addition, a standing Emergency Fire Restriction Order strictly prohibits the following activities across all National Forests in California through September 21, 2020:
- Building, maintaining, attending or using a fire, campfire, or stove fire.
- This includes all gas stoves of any kind
Forest Service personnel will begin opening restrooms, gates, day-use sites, and Forest Service roads beginning at 8:00 a.m. Saturday, September 19, 2020. Most campgrounds will remain closed through the weekend.
A limited number of campgrounds will be available on a first-come/ first-serve basis this weekend including:
|Cold creek||Schoolhouse||Granite Flat|
Please check our website beginning Monday, September 21, 2020 for updates on campground status: https://www.fs.usda.gov/tahoe/
For more information about the Tahoe National Forest, go to www.fs.usda.gov/tahoe. Join the conversation by following us on Twitter at twitter.com/Tahoe_NF and Facebook at www.facebook.com/TahoeNF.
Please be safe if you visit our national forests.