JUNE 18 – 23, 2019
The Rubicon Trail is one of the most challenging and threatened trails in the US. It will test your nerve, your driving skill and your vehicle. One thing you can do to enhance a great Rubicon experience is to ensure your vehicle is safe, well maintained and make certain any known issues are corrected BEFORE you arrive at the trailhead. The potential for body damage and breakage is high and there are no parts stores within a reasonable distance of the trail. With that in mind, your trail spares should travel with you.
Unlike many other events, there is only one trail that leads to the Rubicon Springs. The Runs are just groups that will be departing from different starting points, on different days and are either a 1 or 2 day trip into the Springs. In short, pick a run that meets your departure requirements, your desire whether to eat breakfast with the group before the run and if you want to go straight through to the Springs in one day or have a camp night at Buck Island along the way. Anyone new to wheeling or that has never done the Rubicon, are encouraged to do it as a 2 day trip (any of them that list a camp at Buck.) Also, if you drive a “wagon” I would strongly suggest you try to take the Wagon Run.
By doing so, you will have experienced drivers that are familiar with your rigs unique challenges, needs for different lines and rock stacking requirements and more likely to have any spare parts that you may have forgotten. This year Mark Hawley with Metal Tech 4×4 is again hosting a run that will cater to GX470, FJ Cruisers and 120’s. Mark welcomes your emails with any questions you have on how to get your rig ready for his run.
Each organized run will meet at the trailhead listed for a pre-run safety check, proof of insurance and registration check-in. You will then be led in by a Trail Lead, an experienced wheeler that will help you navigate your way through the trail and help with any issues. In addition, you will have committee members on your run that will help with any problems you may encounter along the way.
Back by popular demand, we will again have a run with an emphasis on families with younger children. It is called the Family Run and leaves from Tahoma Staging on Thursday at 9am. The trail leaders and are both very experienced wheelers with small children themselves, so they understand the challenges of keeping everyone happy. They are planning a BBQ at Observation and will be Geo Caching along the way. Additionally, there are plans to play a movie for the kids during the Marauder Bar…. And no, this doesn’t mean you have a baby sitter!
Once in the Springs, please check in after you get your camp set up. There you will be given your meal tickets, your Grand Prize raffle ticket and a schedule of events for Friday and Saturday. While in the Springs, feel free to explore the area, check out the stone cabin, hike, fish or swim in the beautiful Rubicon River, compete in the horseshoe tournament or the RC Rock Crawler competition, attend an educational class, or just be lazy and enjoy the beauty of the Sierras.
On Friday, Alvaro Rodriquez will again be hosting the “ROCK CHEF” competition. This year’s event will feature all the past winners and has been termed the Championship of Champions. Friday, after Rock Chef, come hang out in the Springs and enjoy the camaraderie of the Marauder’s Bar. You will need to bring an ID and $5 for the bar but walk away with a special Rubithon glass to use.
On Saturday, there will be educational classes, a horseshoe tournament and a RC rock crawling competition. Back by popular demand, we will be having a wine tasting event to support the Rubicon Trail Foundation before dinner, for an additional fee of $25/person.
After dinner, Tony Twiddy will be calling a children’s raffle. Please make sure to appropriately account for all the children from age 3-12 on your registration. On the registration you will find an age and sex breakdown. Please take the time to fill this out so we can ensure we have appropriate prizes for all the kids. After the children’s raffle we will be holding the main raffle that is sure to impress.
On Sunday, the Lake Tahoe Hi-Lo’s will be on Cadillac Hill from 7-2 to help everyone exit expediently. Please stay in your vehicle and we will stack rocks or set up any winching that may need to be done. If you choose to exit later in the day, or to exit back via Loon, you may do so, but you will not have the Rubithon Committee there to help and will be on your own.
After much thought concerning the number of times we have had to call in an air ambulance to our event, this year we have chosen to ensure every participant will be covered by AirCareMed Network (formally CalStar.) This will cover every person that is a part of Rubithon while they are on the Rubicon Trail from Tuesday, June 18th through Sunday June 23rd, 2019. It will not cover you coming to or going home from the event. To do this you may notice we have had to raise the cost of the event by $10.
You can select to join AirCareMed Network separately through Rubithon and receive a $10 discount on the normal cost of the insurance. This will protect your entire household for the entire year, not just during Rubithon. If you select the Premier Registration, we have had to raise the cost by $25 but are waiving the extra $10 that the other registration levels will be paying. The reason for this is the cost has gone from $30 when it was CalStar separately to $55 under the new plan. Check out the AirMedCare Network website to find the participating partners and their locations here: http://www.airmedcarenetwork.com/
The Rubicon Trail is located in the high Sierra’s and accordingly, the weather can be very unpredictable. Bring swimsuits, rain gear and even a coat that will work in the snow (not kidding!) Also, bring gloves, eye protection and plenty of sunscreen and mosquito spray! There are bears in the area, so be bear smart — don’t leave food lying around in camp and definitely keep it out of your tents! If winter conditions continue as they have been so far, there may be significant snow drifts between the Springs and Tahoma.
The Rubicon Trail requires a “pack it in – pack it out” policy. You will only be able to burn paper trash from the dinners. It is imperative that you take any trash, including cans and bottles, back to your campsite to take with you when you leave the trail. Please do not throw any of these or like items into the fire as it is improper and just plain rude to our committee guys that have to clean up your trash. Remember that we are camping on private property and if we are not good trail users, we could lose the privilege of holding our event here!
Lastly, the Rubicon Trail falls under county and federal jurisdictions, and as such, is likely to be patrolled by law enforcement. Drinking and driving will not be tolerated, and violators may be cited and/or arrested. In short, save the drinking for camp and don’t drink and drive!
For more information, and updates from others planning to attend, check out the official 30th Rubithon thread on IH8MUD.com.
May 14th: A $25 late fee will be added to registrations after May 14th. Mailed registrations must be postmarked by May 14 to avoid the late fee.
May 20th: Registrations received after May 20th will have their t-shirts and hoodies mailed to them after the event.
June 1st: We can’t guarantee meals for any registrations received after June 1st.
We encourage you to join us for as many TLCA events as you can find time for, and we look forward to seeing you in 2019 for the 31st Anniversary Rubithon Event!CLICK HERE TO REGISTER