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Old 03-10-2016, 10:55 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Rubicon in June? Too Soon?

Planning my first trip over the Con June 18th weekend. Any concerns from those of you more familiar with the area? Snow Level? High Water Levels?

It's the weekend before Rubithon so I'm assuming it should be fine just thought I'd ask.
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Old 03-11-2016, 06:03 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Given the amount of snow we seem to be getting this year, that may be a problem, especially on the Tahoe side. At this point in time there is no real way to know.

You should plan to either

a) be flexible with your date and make a final decision as June grows nearer (should be fairly easy to know by mid/late May or maybe earlier) or

b) choose a different date later in the year.
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Given the amount of snow we seem to be getting this year, that may be a problem, especially on the Tahoe side. At this point in time there is no real way to know.

You should plan to either

a) be flexible with your date and make a final decision as June grows nearer (should be fairly easy to know by mid/late May or maybe earlier) or

b) choose a different date later in the year.
That's what I'm afraid of. Thought maybe the Rubithon guys knew something I don't since they planned their trip mid-June.
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Old 03-11-2016, 07:31 PM   #4 (permalink)
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That's what I'm afraid of. Thought maybe the Rubithon guys knew something I don't since they planned their trip mid-June.
They always do, and usually it works out fine. In 2011 they ended up delaying it, too much snow. By mid May they had decided to move the trip to mid-July.
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You can use this web page to watch the snow pack. in the pulldown menu there is a ton of options, total snow, when its melting etc.. just be sure to press redraw when changing. You can zoom into a area too.

We have a group out of AZ that will be there in the last week of june, 27th. This year it will depend on how and when it warms. early June looks real IFFY.
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To add what John said....

As you get closer...about a month out...you should have a good idea. The worst part of the trail is the Tahoe Side....so sometimes you can easily wheel from Loon to Buck or the Springs....but getting out the Tahoe side is problematic....so you can adjust your route accordingly and still wheel the Con.
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That's what I'm afraid of. Thought maybe the Rubithon guys knew something I don't since they planned their trip mid-June.
Howdy, this is Eric, Chariman of Rubithon. Normally it isn't a problem, but as John stated, there is always a chance for the exception.

I have friends that go do a club snow run from the Tahoma side over Memorial and then let me know the conditions. The main problem usually reveals itself on Cadillac Hill and some of the drifts up there.

You can email me chairman (at) rubithon (dot) com and I'll be more than happy to pass along their scouting report. But again, there can be snow storms in May and early June that could make things interesting.

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2011 There was a fresh 2-3 feet on the 15th of the month of MAY!!!!. You just never know until you arrive on the calendar at about that time.

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Howdy, this is Eric, Chariman of Rubithon. Normally it isn't a problem, but as John stated, there is always a chance for the exception.

I have friends that go do a club snow run from the Tahoma side over Memorial and then let me know the conditions. The main problem usually reveals itself on Cadillac Hill and some of the drifts up there.

You can email me chairman (at) rubithon (dot) com and I'll be more than happy to pass along their scouting report. But again, there can be snow storms in May and early June that could make things interesting.

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Thank you! I'll keep an eye on the weather and check with you after May.
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2011 was an exceptionally wet, cold and long winter. This year is anything but. The Tahoe Basin has had a healthy year, but is below average, receiving around 120" of snow at lake level, 2011 was around 250" at this point. But the main difference has been the temperature, with several warm periods of melting in the past 6 weeks. Also many of the storms we have had have been rain to 8000' for the bulk of the storm, so while there is plenty of water, there can't be the kind of snow we saw in '11. My prediction is there will Jeeps going through to Tahoe by Memorial Day and father's day will be fine.
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2011 was an exceptionally wet, cold and long winter. This year is anything but. The Tahoe Basin has had a healthy year, but is below average, receiving around 120" of snow at lake level, 2011 was around 250" at this point. But the main difference has been the temperature, with several warm periods of melting in the past 6 weeks. Also many of the storms we have had have been rain to 8000' for the bulk of the storm, so while there is plenty of water, there can't be the kind of snow we saw in '11. My prediction is there will Jeeps going through to Tahoe by Memorial Day and father's day will be fine.
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Old 03-18-2016, 10:31 PM   #12 (permalink)
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In 2011, the trail didn't get cut through on the Table side till July 4th weekend and still had snow at Sluice. This year should be good by the end of next month if this weather holds up.
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This year should be good by the end of next month if this weather holds up.



AHHHHHH what's that???? The best time of the year IS spring snow wheeling!!!!
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