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post #1 of (permalink) Old 12-06-2001, 01:59 PM Thread Starter
 
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Rubicon Info Needed.

Ok, I know this might sound stupid to a lot of you, but I am uneducated on the ways of the rubicon. I am thinking of planning a trip up there sometime in the next 4 months, and I dont kniow what to do... I dont want to drive my YJ up there, and I dont have a hardtop, softop, or doors(and mileage is terrible). I want to tow my Yj with either my ZJ or the FSJ, but is there a place to leave your vehicles? (The trail takes several days right?) Are there camping spots on the trail? How does all of this work?
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Any info is appreciated.
Also, is the trail do-able with a stock 4Runner with 4wd(thats what my friend wants to bring).
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Don't bother. It will be snowed in for the next 4 months or so.

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Re: Rubicon Info Needed.

Pack warm clothes if you plan on going in the next four months, you might want to bring along your tire chains also. There will most likely still be alot of snow on the trail. Parking? There is a place to park your tow rig on both ends of the trail, We park on the tahoe side and take the paved roads to loon lake. Plan on two days on the trail, you can get through it in one if there are not alot of other rigs on the trail or you do not brake anything.

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Re: Rubicon Info Needed.

snowed in eh? ok, mabye ill wait till summer. lets say....August. Is the trail do-able with a stock 4runner?
thanks for the input..


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One thing more about this, PLEASE, don't try to do the Rubicon when it is extremely muddy or snow packed. There has been a big push by the <font color=green>GAGs</font color=green> to close the Rubicon during the past year, it is only thru the tremendous efforts of a group called Friends of the Rubicon that maintenance was done to keep the trail open. Due to erosion and the resultant problems with water quality and the new CA law concerning water quality the trail was in very great danger of being closed. Right now, IMO, things are precarious in that respect, and the <font color=green>GAGs</font color=green> would love to close the trail, it would be the jewel in their crown as far as they are concerned. If anyone wants any more info concerning this situation please email me and I'll be happy to supply you with more info or direct you to those who can.

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Could the 4-runner make it stock? Probably (especially if it is an earliery solid axle version) but without bigger tires I'd expect some body damage.

I did it with a more or less stock jeep commmando (had 31" tires, stock gears, open axles). I didn't break anything, but suffered some significant body damage in the rear quarter panel area. I imagine the 4 runner would have the same issue with stock or only slightly larger tires. I saw some jeeps wranglers with stock tires complete it, but they were banging the undercarriage all day long.

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Re: Rubicon Info Needed.

should be good fun then, he just got it, and I would love to laugh as he is scraping it along everything... sounds good then.. I will haev to wait till summer. In these areas where they let you park your car for a few nites, do they charge? does somebody watch them? or is it like a Resting Area, or Cal State Park Parking lot...?
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cjjeeper is right, stay off the con during this time of year. The greenies are trying to prove that the rigs on the trail are causing silt in lake tahoe, If they can do that they will get the trail closed. The parking at both trail heads are staging areas, you may park there free of charge, I have heard a few stories of vandalism to parked rigs.

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Re: Rubicon Info Needed.

Vandalism is mostly what I woudl worry about as I would be bringing my one true love grocery getter....my ZJ...


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Re: Rubicon Info Needed.

It is a very popular winter run from the Entry opposite of Lake Tahoe. Entered from the Ice House Rd entrance at Loon Lake, is acceptable. Durring the snow pack, it is doubtfull you will even get down to the soil strata, and Rubicon is not part of the Lake Tahoe watershed until well after Buck island. I know that they have discussed gating the Trukee entrance, and I doubt there is much we can do to stop that durring certain times of the year, as it is in TRPA jurisdiction, and they carry a lot of weight.
I am planning on going up there this weekend, and seeing if I can it as far back as Spider Lake.

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