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Hi guys, running this trail in September midweek. Starting on a Monday. How far can I expect our group of 12 Jeeps to go in about 6 hours of trail time? Starting at Loon at 11:00am. Would like to be setting up camp by 5:00pm.

I just want to plan out a camping spot. We are all intermediate or better wheelers. Hoping for some clarity on what I should realistically expect.

Thank you!! :D
 

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Top of the slabs about 1/4 mile before you drop down Old Sluice. Plenty of flat area. Great spot to have breakfast and start the day.
Thanks! Can you give me GPS coordinates for this spot?

Given it is a Monday, trail should be quiet. I would head down the slabs and camp below Buck at the river crossing. Big area for 12 rigs and water to rinse off in. Once at the Old Sluice entrance, only 30 - 45 minutes with a big new group down to Buck. Plus more protected from any weather. Enjoy, great time of the year, and day of week, to run the trail
Thanks, I hope we can make it that far. I have had people tell me that it takes ALL DAY to get to Buck Island, and that's starting at 7:00am. We are starting at 11:00 am and was told there no way we can get that far in 6 hours.

Am I reading this wrong....if you start at Loon and are wanting to go on the Rubicon trail you should easily make the Springs.
This is encouraging. I was told that it's at least an 10-hour trek to get to the Springs from Loon.
 

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Thanks guys for all of your input! It looks like the consensus is that we should be able to make Buck Island in about 6 hours from Loon with 12 rigs. We don't want to feel like we are rushing as this is the first time any of us have run the trail and we'd really like to enjoy the scenery too.

I'll let you know how we do! :D
 

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I've always told people, its 2 hours to Spider lake, 5 hours to Buck at a slow pace.

These times are always different per group, you'll see a lot of people tell you they can make buck in 2-3 hours.

How long are you staying? Are you looking to see all of the trail, or just get to Buck and stay for a few days?
We are camping 2 nights on the trail. 2nd night we are camping at Rubicon Springs. We are really just wanting to enjoy the trail and not feel rushed. But we are NOT the type of group to pull over every 30 minutes to chew the fat. Planning on getting out only to spot if necessary, and maybe a quick lunch break at 2:00pm or so.

We have a lot of well build rigs in the group but there are 2-3 jeeps that might need some help through the harder stuff. If we could all get to Buck in 6 hours that would be awesome. :D
 

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Well they are dropping like flies. Down to 9 rigs now, with at least on other rig on the fence. Feeling much more confident in making it to Buck in 6 hours :D

Thanks for all the feedback!
 

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Well as is usually the case we have had a few rigs drop out. Now have 7 rigs, and I'm fairly confident we make it to Buck in 6 hours no problem. Thanks for all your input!

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UPDATE!

Ran the trail this week. 7 rigs. We made Buck Island in 8 hours, with a 2-hour stop at Soup Bowl. So had we skipped the Soup Bowl, would have been right at 6 hours. None of us had ever done the Rubicon Trail before. Lots of spotting, but no winching at all.

Epic trail, can't wait to do it again!

:D:D:D
 
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