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Old 09-19-2006, 03:45 PM   #1 (permalink)
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How many hours to run Rubicon?

I am thinking of trailering my ex-comp buggy to the Tahoe side and running the trail to Loon to meet some friends, then run it back with them. How long would it take to run it one way by myself? What can a top of the line buggy do it in? I could go at night to avoid the traffic. I want to race through one way then cruise back out with my friends.

It there a good spot to leave a tow rig on the Tahoe side?

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Old 09-19-2006, 03:59 PM   #2 (permalink)
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3 hours on the gas... At least that what I heard but that was from the springs to loon
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Old 09-19-2006, 04:12 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I think 3 to 3.5 hours if you're gas on and zero traffic. That time frame is doable on an ATV. I've gone Loon to Sluice in just over 30 minutes...but that was MOVING and I had no traffic. And I can go Staging Area (Tahoe Side) to Springs in 40 minutes. Best is about an hour from Springs to Sluice.

My hunch is closer to 3.5...and yes, there is a staging area on the Tahoe Side...just where asphalt turns to dirt.
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Great, thanks for the help. I have run Spider to Loon in my old buggy and it took about 45 minutes but have not run the rest of the trail.
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depends what kind of parts you have in your buggy..but from the picture it looks like to me 3 hours or less.
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Old 09-20-2006, 06:44 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Great, thanks for the help. I have run Spider to Loon in my old buggy and it took about 45 minutes but have not run the rest of the trail.
Plan for 5-6 hours then, most of us that run the trail fast know the trail very well.
But my best from loon to the box was 40 mins as well.
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Give me the buggy and I'll do it in 3 hours end to end. hahahaha



Including the Old Sluice...........
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I will push it hard and have a goal of 3 hours but if it takes 5 I can live with that. Not having run the whole trail doesn't help. I will be running it on Oct 5th and coming back out on the 6th and 7th. I will be in this buggy so it any of you are out there then say hello.
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Oh crap, make that 2-1/2 :rofl:
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i will say hello,, i will be there that same day in a blue yj , nice buggie
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In 1986 , we did the entire trail in 13 hours with a cj-7 and 31" Armstrongs , stackin rocks for grandpa the whole F@wkin way
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I would be happy if the return trip only took 13 hours with the rigs I am coming back with. It should be fun though.
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I live in tahoe and have never entered the other way... but, after parking at the staging area at the end if Mckinney Dr., I think you can make it in 3Hrs, but that's ROLLIN' and not getting caught behind someone who doesn't know what they are doing, you can make the springs in like 40min...
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13 hours... i hiked it faster then that a few years ago,,,
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I would be happy if the return trip only took 13 hours with the rigs I am coming back with. It should be fun though.
You know I won't be dragging my ass like last time.
You really need to drive the other rig. But that would take more skill.
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I would be happy if the return trip only took 13 hours with the rigs I am coming back with. It should be fun though.
And to think I was going to say Hi....

I get it now.
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13 hours... i hiked it faster then that a few years ago,,,
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My best time is 4 hours in a tj with a short arm from loon staging area to tahoe staging area. Traffic and knowing where you are going are more important.
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Make sure to make all the right turns, otherwise that 3 hours will turn into 10 hours... Thereis one left you have to make to really start the "trail."

I have made if from The tahoe side to Loon in a little over 4 hours in a flatfender with 60's and 38's. I wasfull width, abd broke down at one point. Withouht that small mishap, 3 hours is very doable.

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The best trips I've ever had have been slow, lazy trips, taking time to enjoy the scenery, look over the Rubicon Valley, dip in the lakes, etc. Even a day-trip through misses the best part of the trail, IMHO.

To each their own, as long as you had clear trail, and didn't encounter other traffic. Traffic moves MUCH slower than that, most of the time!

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Soooo true. I have not done one of those in too long. We used to do the trail both ways in about 9 days. Check the math on that one. 12 miles of hard stuff. 24 both ways. 9 days.
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Soooo true. I have not done one of those in too long. We used to do the trail both ways in about 9 days. Check the math on that one. 12 miles of hard stuff. 24 both ways. 9 days.
How do you pack a trail rig for nine days? I've got my rack stacked high and the back of my cruiser full with camping gear for a 3 day weekend. And the ice is melted by the end.
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Ice is nice but it is not essential. Dry and canned food for when the ice runs out and using the river or lakes to cool (sink) the beer in. It can work out if you want it to. Used to do it that way all the time.
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Yeah, canned food. But we used to do it over Rubithon, so we would arrange for ice and food to be brought up. We used to do three trails in 9 days too. Fordyce Rubicon and Barrett. Food's easy on that one.
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