It’s the most talked-about trail in the country and Experience El Dorado dedicates an entire half-hour episode to the celebrated rock-crawling road called the Rubicon Trail. The crew of Experience El Dorado ventured deep into the El Dorado National Forest for three days on the famous dirt path to discover why the Rubicon is holy ground for thousands of Americans. Now, they agree with the avid off-roaders—you haven’t four-wheeled until you’ve done it. Don’t miss the unforgettable adventure through the Sierra Nevada Mountains.
Rubicon Trail Tips: Courtesy of trail guide Tom Hadden
Tip 1 – Preparation
Make sure your vehicle is running properly and well maintained before coming on the trail. A vehicle that has existing problems is sure to be trouble while in this remote wilderness. Simply make sure your vehicle running right. Having a mechanic inspect your vehicle prior to leaving on a trip is recommended. No leaks, all fluids checked. Recent tune-up. Did you break something last year? Make sure it’s been properly fixed before returning on another trip. Bring all the necessary maintenance supplies for your vehicle. Motor oil, transmission fluid, brake fluid, etc. Specialized tools for your specific vehicle, parts that tend to break, jumper cables and tow ropes. A basic survival kit (including a blanket, water & food) is recommended; you want to make sure you can survive for few days if you break down.
Tip 2 – Minimize vehicle damage. Listen to your guide
Make sure you vehicle is properly equipped with body protection gear such as rocker guards and skid plates (protects transmission and oil pan)
Don’t be afraid to listen to your guide. It is OK to take direction. Know the limitations of your vehicle. Common sense will tell you the obvious places that you need to go around. Not all vehicles can go around the same obstacles. Don’t be afraid to get out and look at what you’re going through.
Tip 3 – Slow and steady. Stay off the gas.
Take it slow and steady; it will help you make it across obstacles. You can actually achieve more by going slow because it keeps your tires from spinning. Vehicle progress stops when tires spin. Impatient? Bogged down? Can’t go over an obstacle? Speed and power won't fix it! You’re just going to break your vehicle. Speed stresses steering components and rock hopping caused by hitting the gas stresses drive lines, axles, rims & u-joints; they can break. Hitting the gas will also cause you to dig big unnecessary holes. Going slow is safer and gives you more control
We highly recommend you obtain a copy of Mark A. Smith’s Guide to Safe, Common Sense Off-Road Driving.
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For additional information visit:
Rubicon Trail Foundation www.rubicontrail.org/
BRING AN Oil SPILL KIT!!!!