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    July 2-4, 2018 | California | Rubicon Trail

    Once again we are planning a trip to the Rubicon! This will be a smaller group run with more extensive requirements than usual, so please read the details below. I'd love to see a few more Gitout members join us this year. If you think you have what it takes to efficiently get through the torture test that is the Rubicon Trail, post below!

    When: Monday July 2nd - Wednesday July 4th, 2018
    Destination: Tahoe, CA - Rubicon Trail
    Meeting Time: 8:30 am
    Meeting Place: Walmart (near the Starbucks), 5494 Crossings Drive, Rocklin, CA 95677 (Hwy 80 @ Sierra College Blvd.)

    Alternate Meeting Place: @8:45 am = Auburn Valero, 1650 Lincoln Way, Auburn, CA 95603


    Permits Required: Valid License & Registration
    Communication: HAM radio 146.460
    Vehicle requirements:
    A minimum of 33″ tires & at least 1 locker (2 lockers recommended or 1 with traction control), tow points, skid plates, rocker panel protection and HAM Radios are mandatory requirements
    -A well kept and functioning rig, recovery gear including Tow straps, shackles, high lift etc., A FULL SIZE SPARE!!! preferably one that matches your other tires!! Means to change a flat tire, even if that is the stock bottle jack and tire iron (make sure your tire iron fits) & spare valve stems (we lost 3 valve stems in 2017!)
    ^^PLEASE SEE ALL EVENT RULES AND REQUIRED ITEMS AT THE TOP OF THIS PAGE IN YELLOW^^

    Trail plan:
    We will be running the trail from Loon Lake to Rubicon Springs and back and camping along the trail for 2 nights (but plan for 3 just in case something happens).
    This is a very fun trail that has constant challenges from the beginning until you get to the top of Cadillac Hill.

    Who is coming (Maximum of 8 vehicles)- If there is a lot of interest, I may reconsider...
    1) AEV_LJ - Rodney + my 2 daughters - Wrangler LJ on 35s
    2) Vinnie - Wrangler TJ on 35s
    3) Sean - Wrangler JK on 37s
    4) Juan - locked Wrangler TJ on 35s
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    And here is the video from last year to wet your appetite!
    Last edited by AEV_LJ; 06-12-2018 at 09:30 AM.
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    Would you consider coming in through Wentworth Springs? Great place to camp and some fun obstacles on that route. Are you planning to go all the way out of turn around at Observation Point? It seems there were some fun spots past that point as well.

    Thanks for organizing!
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    I'm open to ideas. I liked staying at Buck Island for 2 nights last year, so I'd like to replicate that. Going up to Observation Point may be too far for a day trip, but we can consider it. Last year we went to Rubicon Springs and turned around after a leisurely lunch at the river.

    We can consider coming in via Wentworth Springs. We went out that way last year and all agreed we would rather go out through Loon Lake next time. Coming in via the springs may be more challenging than going out that way.
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    <-- Excitement for trip

    I'll be going down to Yosemite again the days before the trip. It was extremely useful last year when we encountered "unexpected delays" in driving down that cost us 2 days at Yosemite rather than costing the Rubicon trip.

    I don't know why my '97 TJ that I've bounced off half the local rocks isn't super reliable on 10 hr road trips in 100*+ weather. Should work on convincing some arguments to the wife for why I need a truck that can tow the TJ to CA, but that's a pretty tall order.
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    Please note that the dates for this trip have changed to Monday July 2nd - Wednesday July 4th, 2018.

    Peter or Robb - I hope you can change the title with your admin super powers!
    ~Rodney
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    Rodney, we have gone to Tahoe many times for the 4th. Are you sure you want to be down there at the time? It may change your drive time by hours.
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    We're not planning on going all the way through to Tahoe. Not ideal, but it was the only time that fit with all of our schedules.

    I'm hoping that having July 4th on a Wednesday may reduce some of the traffic on the Rubicon too.
    ~Rodney
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    Cool, just wanted to make sure you were aware.
    You should go to the South Shore just to watch the fireworks. They are awsome! They play music that coincides with the display.
    Biff - short for Bifford aka - Byph
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    I was talking with Bill last weekend and we both would like to go into the Rubicon via Loon Lake vs. Wentworth Springs. The gatekeeper &amp; bowls are a great way to start the trail to get the full Rubicon experience &amp; I can't imagine taking 2 new rigs on the Rubicon without experiencing those sections. I also remember how bad the road was to get to Wentworth Springs last year (Silt, massive pot holes, sections of broken up asphalt, etc.). If anyone wants to camp near the entrance of the trail, there are plenty of spots at Loon Lake (just ask Vinnie who had an impromptu camping trip there 2 years ago after massive breakage on the trail).
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    Quote Originally Posted by AEV_LJ View Post
    If anyone wants to camp near the entrance of the trail, there are plenty of spots at Loon Lake (just ask Vinnie who had an impromptu camping trip there 2 years ago after massive breakage on the trail).
    It took some searching to find an open site, but that lake is gorgeous to camp on.

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