I got the chance this summer to run the Rubicon Trail – for those who don’t know, this is known to be one of the toughest/most challenging and very scenic off road trails in the US. Its officially a county ‘road’ tho once your on it, any sense of ‘road’ quickly disappears amongst the boulders and granite hills.
We started off at Loon Lake near Georgetown the night before. Its a really nice lake – supposedly good fishing, so I’ll have to come back here with Lisa sometime with a canoe and try it. Didn’t see any loons tho 🙁
Jeff welding Zack's steering arm
Zack and the rest of gang with Jeff arrived into camp having run the trail in reverse the day before. Lots of folks had damage that needed some repairs before we started the trail again the next day. Its a long trip (3 days) and breaking down is common, so folks carry lots of spare parts and tools (like welders).
Cresting the top of the Granite Bowl
The first big formation is this large glacier carved granite ‘bowl’ – its pretty spectacular in its enormity.
A nice view of Buck Lake
Climbing up away from Buck Lake after lunch
We stopped here at Buck Lake on the first day for lunch. Another nice lake in the High Sierra. Lots of trout, but we brought boxes lunches.
A little tippy here
Coming down an area known as Big Sluicebox, it got a little tippy in some places. These folks didn’t listen to the spotter and put their Jeep on its side. No biggy – they weren’t hurt nor were they in any danger.
Crossing the bridge of the Rubicon River
Coming into Rubicon Springs (at the turn of the century, this place was the location of a big resort around the native hot springs). Now its mostly a destination along the Rubicon Trail for offroaders and folks coming back to fish/hike.
Our campsite in Rubicon Springs
Jeff scored a premo camping spot right along the river. We had a great swimming hole and spent all of Saturday floating around, relaxing, fixing stuff and having a cold beer.
Mechanics area - these guys worked hard to keep everyone rolling
The nice thing with doing the Rubicon as part of the Jeep Jamboree is that there is a group of mechanics that come along and get folks fixed up for a nominal donation and cost of parts. I didn’t break anything (knock on wood this time)
Climbing Cadillac Hill out of Rubicon Springs
Cadillac Hill is a nice steep climb out the north end of Rubicon Springs. Much easier going up than coming down (particularly when its wet – I imagine coming down when its wet is kind of like an amusement park ride …)
Top of Cadillac Hill - nice view of the Sierra
The view at the top was worth the whole trip – you could see forever from the top here.
A few lilly pad covered lakes on the way to the end of the trail up near Lake Tahoe
Lisa and I fished a bunch of these lakes several years ago near Tahoe – they are full of crawdads – we gave up trying to bass/trout and just took home a pile of crawdads to make some gumbo.