Help us keep the Rubicon Trail available, safe and
healthy by getting involved! Attend a public hearing,
join a work party, attend a fundraiser, contact your
political leaders, or just become informed. WE are
the Rubicon Trail; without each of us trying to do our
part, it may soon be a once-enjoyed beauty.
Counting - TRAFx
The Rubicon Trail Foundation is continuing its ongoing
participation in volunteer trail counts. The data
gathered is used to help effectively manage the
trail and justify grant funding. For 2010, we're
continuing these volunteer counts and adding pilot
studies with the TRAFx Vehicle Counter.
Ask us at RTF about how we are integrating this
innovative new counting tool with our continued trail
counts or contact TRAFx at www.trafx.net for more
RTF Toilet Truck In Service!
There has always been a chicken and egg argument from the “Panel B”/Anti folks that there couldn’t be toilets on the trail because there is no way to service them. They also argued that it was unrealistic to build a service truck because there were no toilets on the trail. RTF got the grant money anyway in 2010 and built the truck, a Unimog 416 with a “honey wagon” body from Crescent Tank.
Though we had made test runs and used the pump to fill vaults that were ready to be pumped by a larger service truck (2010 and 2011), the truck had never been used on the trail to service trail toilets. In early September of 2012, the first toilet was pumped on the Rubicon. These were toilets used by the County DOT crews and this test run, along with the completed easement process, opens the door to new toilets along the trail.
Expect to see some soon!
Current Issues - Send in your comments!
El Dorado County and the Eldorado National Forest are working on easement
language to define the
centerline of the trail and determine its width. This affects all trail
users, as this decision will be a blueprint
for the Forest, the County, and law enforcement agencies for future work
on the trail and enforcement
You can get involved with this decision by giving your input to us at
comment directly to the Forest or the County. Contact information is listed
on our Contact Us page.
Your comments should be substantive and polite in order for them to be
Saturated Soils Report
The Cleanup and Abatement Order (CAO) requires the County to come up with
a plan for using the trail
during saturated soil conditions. This is important because it will determine
how the trail is used during these
times. RTF is dedicated to year around access and has encouraged
the county to write a report that
Trail user input is important. Comments can be directed to us at info@RubiconTrailFoundation.org
directly to Tom Celio at the El Dorado County Department of Transportation
Again, your comments should be substantive and polite in order for them
to be of value!
Work Parties - 2012
Get outside, have fun, meet people and do something
satisfying at the same time. Join us for a work party
weekend and help keep the Rubicon Trail jeep and
visitor safe and friendly! Contact
We are working on our 2012 schedule. Get your
gloves ready for some hard work and some "hard"
fun keeping the trail usable, safe and beautiful.
Friends of the Rubicon
"Friends of the Rubicon, FOTR,
is an informal coalition of
groups and individuals dedi-
cated to keeping the Rubicon
Trail open and available to all
recreationists. FOTR is the
work force, the volunteer
labor, and one of the sources
of trail knowledge for the
We (FOTR) have only one
annual meeting, usually held
in the first few months of the
year, in the Sacramento area.
We (FOTR) do not collect dues
or have bylaws and such. We
(FOTR) plan our trail efforts
via the Internet, and we do
our work on the ground. We
(FOTR) are about action and
saving the Rubicon Trail.
(quoted from FOTR website)
Although many people are
involved in both RTF and
FOTR, the two groups are in
fact not related other than
the goal of helping the
For more information about
FOTR, work parties, and
other topics, go to:
The Rubicon Trail Foundation has hosted several Volunteer Leader &
Land Steward (VLLS) training class.
This is a great class that gets a lot of people going in trail maintenance
and leadership. It is four days and
covers leadership, management, organization and many other topics useful
to maintaining our trails. RTF is
picking up the cost for you. Meals are included. All you have to do is
get yourself there. Space is always
limited. For information regarding upcoming classes and applications,
contact Matt Farley by email at:
Del Albright offers an online leadership course aimed at teaching people
who want to help our trails learn
how to lead volunteers during work parties. It is RLTC: Recreational Leadership
Not everyone can become leaders in this battle, but
we should all become supporters of those leaders.
The leader on the Rubicon Trail is the Rubicon Trail
Foundation. We always welcome your donations and
your input. In all fights for OHV access, your voice is
in the large national OHV Organizations such as the
Blue Ribbon Coalition, the United Four Wheel Drive
Association, and the National Off-Road Association.
On the statewide level, please consider joining and
supporting the California Association of Four Wheel
Drive Clubs, the California League of Off-Road Voters,
the Off-Road Business Association, and the California
Off Road Vehicle Association. On a local level, you
can get involved in your local club.
The one simple thing we can do to support our recreational activity is
join any club and or organization. Think about how much money you
spend in parts, maintenance and fuel for your rig.
Why not spend an extra $150 a year and support or
join a few of the organizations listed above?
Help Our Public Image
We, as a recreational activity, have a public image
problem. We need to change that. Take the time to
talk to your neighbors when you are preparing for or
getting back from a trip.
Let them know where you went, what you did, how
much your family enjoyed it, etc. Ive often had to
correct the idea that I drove through a meadow just
because my rig was dirty. I make sure they understand
that I was on a legally open OHV trail the whole time.
And sometimes go on to say that when I was done
performing maintenance efforts, the water/mud that
got my rig dirty was drained from the trail, preventing
We all need work with those who hold the power to
manage our trails. The easiest way for each of us to
do that is to write a letter to the local elected official that
ultimately controls the trail you just drove.
One trip - One letter. How hard is it to send off a 20
word e-mail to your local county board member? The
physical and e-mail addresses of the elected officials
that manage the Rubicon Trail are the Contact
Although OHV use is already growing exponentially,
invite your neighbor or co-worker along for a
drive. Show them what its like to get ten miles
away from any paved road. Walk them off the
trail to your favorite overlook.
Share the fun and beauty of the Rubicon Trail!