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Old 06-18-2009, 10:51 AM   #26 (permalink)
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You should always carry extra fuel. Auburn is about an hour and a half away from the trail head. If you are enterning from the Tahoe side there are plenty of places to fuel up before and after you are on the Rubicon. The staging area is a good place to park and I have not heard of any problems there. There are a bunch of small motels or Lake resorts there that will allow youj to park in their lots for a small fee.

Breakdowns in front of you on the Rubicon are a roll of the dice when it comes to getting around them. There are some spots you can and some you can't. You cannot go off trail to get around.

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Old 06-18-2009, 11:17 AM   #27 (permalink)
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Yes, you should carry an extra 5 gal. of fuel. Traffic on the way out on Saturday is a crap shoot. You'd be fine from the Springs to Little Sluice. After LS you'll more than likely hit some traffic but there are a few wide spots that allow passing. In addition to the normal weekend crowd, there's a Friends of the Rubicon Work Day on Saturday (6/27) that might hold you up at Soup Bowl & Walker Hill but only momentarily. FWIW- when I do a mid week trip, I like to head out on Friday afternoon and camp closer to the trail head to miss the traffic.
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Old 06-18-2009, 12:15 PM   #28 (permalink)
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Can anyone give me a idea how far away the trail head is from Ice House Resort?

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Old 06-18-2009, 12:23 PM   #29 (permalink)
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I'd say about 20-25 miles.
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Old 08-06-2009, 11:08 AM   #30 (permalink)
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I'm planning on leaving my tow rig at the Tahoe side staging area for a couple of days. Do I need to get any special pass or permit from the FS? I know in So. Cal you need an Adventure Pass, but i haven't come across anything specific for the northern region of the state.


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Old 08-07-2009, 09:15 AM   #31 (permalink)
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Last time I parked there was last fall no pass or permit was needed and it was free to park your vehicles there. Things could have changed but I doubt it. If they have it would be well marked.
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Cool, thanks for the info. I'll post up if things have changed.

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Old 02-11-2010, 05:27 PM   #33 (permalink)
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Ice house road parking

Some time has passed from the last post, on the ice house road side of the trail where is the closest parking to the trail for your tow rigs thanks
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Old 02-12-2010, 07:04 AM   #34 (permalink)
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The closest parking would be at the trail head at Loon Lake. You can't miss it. The paved road stops at the staging area.
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Old 07-07-2010, 05:08 PM   #35 (permalink)
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I'm hoping I can make a request in regards to Tow Rig Parking.

It would be very helpful, especially on Workdays, if folks didn't park their rigs along the roadway past the bathrooms by the Loon Lake Kiosk.

Parking in the spillway, is fine, but we had a rough time getting traffic cleared when we were loading trailers with rock a couple of weeks ago. It would have been fine if rigs were not parked on both sides of the road from the kiosk to the spillway. Traffic coming down the road from the dam would have been able to get by us.

I felt bad holding people up, but we didn't have much choice.

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how bad will parking at spillway on a saturday this month? Plan on getting there around noon. I know it will be bad, just would like to be prepared.
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It's been pretty busy all year so far.

Be prepared to park at the Chalet.
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Old 11-19-2010, 02:10 PM   #38 (permalink)
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And THIS is whyI always park on the Tahoe side and do a trip from the Tahoe side all the way through to the spillway and then back again.

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find all tow rig spots here:
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(download from bar on the right of page - "trailer parking")
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Old 05-14-2013, 10:19 AM   #40 (permalink)
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Does anyone know of a good place to park a tow rig in placerville? Jeep is still street able and placerville eliminates any backtracking.
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I have the same question, Placerville would be very convenient.Anyone?
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Old 07-23-2013, 11:46 AM   #42 (permalink)
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Left my tow rig at Crystal Basin Mountain Resort last week. It worked out great and they were super friendly!
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Ill be making my first trip from WA in a few weeks. Planning on parking the tow rigs at Ice House Resort......do I need to make reservations for multiple rigs??

Also whats a good halfway point for camping on the trail?? Plan on doing the whole trail in two days coming out the Tahoe side and hit the hwy back to Ice House.
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Ill be making my first trip from WA in a few weeks. Planning on parking the tow rigs at Ice House Resort......do I need to make reservations for multiple rigs??

Also whats a good halfway point for camping on the trail?? Plan on doing the whole trail in two days coming out the Tahoe side and hit the hwy back to Ice House.
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Old 06-01-2015, 01:40 PM   #45 (permalink)
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How about parking in placerville? We are running W to E next week, trailering from Arizona and would like to cut a few miles off getting back to the trucks.
Try KOA in Pollack Pines to store trailers safe
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Old 06-01-2015, 03:26 PM   #46 (permalink)
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huh???
there's no KOA in POLLOCK PINES
there is one however in shingle springs...


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Not only that, his trip was from 6 years ago.
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Old 06-05-2015, 08:29 PM   #48 (permalink)
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What's the parking like for Wentworth Springs? I always go to Loon...
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We are planning to mix up our annual event (NAXJA Sierra Chapter's Sierra Fest ---usually second week of august), and we are looking doing Rubicon/Barret/Hell Hole M-F with a day run somewhere on Saturday and our big Prize Raffle on Saturday night. We would therefore need a area to hold the raffle Saturday and a place to park tow rigs all week between all trails. Any ideas where other than the spillway- plus we don't want to camp there or hold a bbq there? We were thinking the campground on the wentworth loop might work- thoughts on this? Usually 20-25 rigs, could be more maybe 5 to 7 are trailer.

We usually do rubicon, then drive to hermit valley for deer valley, then slick rock , with base camp at hermit valley for tow rigs and the raffle, so something like that would be ideal.

also, for gas, is the closest gas to loon still fresh pond, do any of the resorts have expensive gas closer? and probably georgetown after hell hole

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We are planning to mix up our annual event (NAXJA Sierra Chapter's Sierra Fest ---usually second week of august), and we are looking doing Rubicon/Barret/Hell Hole M-F with a day run somewhere on Saturday and our big Prize Raffle on Saturday night. We would therefore need a area to hold the raffle Saturday and a place to park tow rigs all week between all trails. Any ideas where other than the spillway- plus we don't want to camp there or hold a bbq there? We were thinking the campground on the wentworth loop might work- thoughts on this? Usually 20-25 rigs, could be more maybe 5 to 7 are trailer.

We usually do rubicon, then drive to hermit valley for deer valley, then slick rock , with base camp at hermit valley for tow rigs and the raffle, so something like that would be ideal.

also, for gas, is the closest gas to loon still fresh pond, do any of the resorts have expensive gas closer? and probably georgetown after hell hole
Best bet is to reserve Southfork for $100 a night. 6 nights with 20 rigs = $30/rig for week of parking behind closed gate. Multiple crappers/fire pits and group BBQ area with bear boxes. Couple of loops with bunch of places to park stuff. Been to many a group event there and it has never disappointed.

Ice House Resort usually has fuel and will save you an hour vs Fresh Pond. Another plus - the price will make you feel like you're in Europe
GTown has the convenience mart that serves at about the same rate (or less) than Fresh Pond.
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