Rubicon, East Side

Total Miles
12.3

Elevation

2,177.33 ft

Duration

3 Hours

Technical Rating

8

Difficult

Best Time

Summer

Trail Overview

The east side of the Rubicon provides nonstop challenges and extreme fun. Water can play a bigger role where trail meanders along the volatile Rubicon River. You'll pass through Rubicon Springs Campground at no charge unless you stop to camp or use facilities. Just when you think everything is over, you're confronted by daunting Cadillac Hill and many more miles of rough road.

Photos of Rubicon, East Side

Rubicon, East Side
Rubicon, East Side
Rubicon, East Side

Difficulty

Difficult: Named obstacles include Big Sluice and Cadillac Hill. These boulder obstacle courses are extremely difficult and have no bypasses. Wider vehicles beware. High water can make conditions impassable along the Rubicon River during all but the driest times. Best when trail is dusty.

Technical Rating

8

Status Reports

Noah Zuniga
Dec 17, 2023
4x4
Open
Snow/Ice
Plenty of snow. A few spots had melted from the sun exposure. Easy drive six miles in from the Lake turn off. Snow ruts are pretty well established. Lakes are almost frozen solid with UTV tracks across the top. I was the only one out there.
Daniel Lopez
Aug 25, 2023
4x4
Open
Trail Time
Jun 27, 2023
4x4
Open
Muddy/Wet
Spencer Hee
Jun 18, 2023
4x4
Obstructed
Deep Snow

Access Description

Follow directions for Trail #13 on previous page. To run trail in opposite direction, start at east side staging area (Waypoint 07). Refer to Area map on page 18 and detail of exit route on opposite page. Or, just follow directions to Buck Lake, Trail #12.

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