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Old 01-01-2016, 06:43 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Trail Conditions 2016, Go to First Post for Current Conditions

Currently, updated December 28th, 2016, the trail conditions are:

NOTE: The trail is currently open. Check here or the El Dorado County page for most recent updates.

Loon trailhead: A foot of new snow on Christmas.

Wentworth Springs trailhead: Same as Loon..

Buck Island to Rubicon Springs: Same as Loon.

Tahoe trailhead: Several feet of snow over Miller area, a foot of new snow.

More storms coming over the next weekend.


Boilerplate Winter Advice:

There are very few people on the trail during the off season (October through the melt), always be prepared to extricate yourself! Well set up and maintained rigs, lockers, 37” plus tires, a good winch, charging system, dual batteries, 100’ of extra cable, straps, and hardware are necessities to move in the snow. Always carry food, shelter, and warm clothes. Ham radio or satellite phone are the ONLY ways to communicate out of the Rubicon.

Temperatures can be VERY cold, in the single digits, go prepared!

Always carry a toilet...Wag Bag it.

Fire restrictions are NOT in place, which means campfires are allowed with a permit, but you still must have a permit from the Forest to have a fire or propane fired device (stove, fire, etc.).

Hope this helps.
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Thanks for the update John!
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Saturday January 2, 2016. Wentworth Springs Campground is now accessible. I removed a dead tree laying across the road just past Wentworth Springs Cabin. Took about 4 hours from Airport to Wentworth Springs Campground, like John said, the snow is sugary and minimal traction. Last week I was driving through 3 ft powder, this week I'm getting stuck in 12 in. snow.
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The snow at Loon is horrible. If you get out of the tracks we made 12/26-27 you'll be winching. I won't be going again until the snow is better. Very sugary snow that doesn't pack at all.

Edit: Friday night the low was 5 degrees.
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Old 01-04-2016, 09:37 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Thanks for the update. A group of 3 rigs going up Saturday to play. Two trailer rigs and one street able. Was thinking of parking at airport flat. Is that realistic?
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Wentworth Springs Road is only plowed one mile past Loon Lake turnoff. There is a turn around area at the end. I highly recommend turning around and parking a few hundred feet back up the road, there's a lack of consideration and parking knowledge with trailers. Past Wentworth to the trail head there's a lot of traffic. Behind Airport (14N34), it is untraveled, only experienced snow wheeling is highly recommended. Proper snow shovel and extra straps will be needed. You might see me there...
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Awesome. Thanks for the info. I was thinking about parking at the turn out to the right at the loon turnoff but def want my trailer out of the way. If there's a turn off up further as you say I'd rather park there. Last year we parked at air Portland cruised up to WW trail head it was easy and no one was there. I have a Toyota truggy on 40" Krawlers all linked. If you see us say hi. I'll keep an eye out for your jeep.
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Hey Tim also how is the actual road going up ice house. I know it's plowed but is there a lot of ice? I don't mind towing in the snow but damn I hate ice. Just tryn to get info so we can enjoy the day.
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Its a good bet that there will be ice on the road. Supposed to get a foot or two of snow out this storm. So time will tell. Watch for ice on the bridges and in shady spots.
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Yeah I hear that. One day last year we towed the rigs up and there was 6" ice ruts. The tires just slide around in there but had no where to go.
I'll drive as far as we can pull over, off load, and go!!!
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Icehouse Rd was snow covered Friday going up and Sunday coming home although it was melting and kinda slushy on Sunday. With all this new snow we're getting it will likely be covered in snow from near highway 50. Just take it slow.
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Here you go. That's all I got to say about that

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Oh boy!! How's the traction?
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Oh boy!! How's the traction?
16 hours from Plow Line at Loon to Kiosk. With that said we had no track and snow absolutely sucked. We got a lot of rain with this last storm and that will help a lot. We got out in two hours so that really shows what having a track in does to help.

I would not recommend going in unless you really have your crap together. I don't say that in a dick swinging way just more of a heads up. I can honestly say this trip had me and some other experienced snow wheelers a little nervous.

Be safe, go prepared for anything and have a radio.

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16 hours, holy shit! That's a LONG time to break trail for such a normally short distance. That's one of those times, where you start thinking you'd have been better off staying at home. Thanks for the update!
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How was the fair weather ARB working?
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Actually, everything worked as advertised this time. So nice to be able to turn the rear off and actually be able to turn around. The high AMP alternator kicked ass. Heated seats, winch, heater, stereo, lights, no problem
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looks good, wonder how next weekend will look
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Awesome pictures tim. Looks like a trip to remember!
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Very cool. I can't wait for John's obligatory pic of Ellis crapper.
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Very cool. I can't wait for John's obligatory pic of Ellis crapper.
Might need a snowcat or snowmobile for that. It's deep and nasty right now!!
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Yup, letting it settle. Gonna try out the track vehicle in a week or so.
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Gonna try out the track vehicle in a week or so.


John, I will need a FULL report of your new toy and it's snow performance!

I plan to do some Rubicon snow wheeling this April, if I can complete my 14b front axle conversion! Cheers.
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