With the staging area closure June 21-25, access will be through Blackwood Canyon to the north about four miles.
The paved parking at Highway 89 is for the Kaspian Campground right there and day users. FYI, that is also a winter park area, permit required during the winter. Blackwood Canyon is a popular snow mobile area. There is OHV parking further up the canyon.
So, about two miles up the canyon, stay right onto the dirt road (15E38), before you go over Blackwood Creek:
At the Blackwood Canyon Campground, there is limited parking, pit toilets and maybe a dozen campsites that require reservations.
The drive up 15N38 is not difficult but you have to pay attention. At the top, there is more parking. This parking is accessible by driving the paved Forest Road 03 all the way to Barker Pass summit.
16E79 is marked with good signage. In this photo, you’re looking down Forest Road 03, the pit toilets for the Rim/PCT is off to the right at the white vehicle, 16E79 is off to the left. The Rim/PCT is visible to the lower left by the sign.
If you choose to take the really easy way to the Rubicon, stay straight on Forest Road 03. In two miles, look for the freshly downed tree on the left, that will be the sign for the left turn you need to take to get on to Forest Road 03-04. And that runs all the way to the Rubicon. 16E76 The Hobbit Trail, will be a right turn off 03-04 and is easy to miss.
There will be an effort to get sandwich sign boards out on the trails to mark the turns needed to do the reroute.
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.