Preparation is the key to Rubicon Trail travel |

Preparation is the key to Rubicon Trail travel

The Rubicon is one of the trails in North America that demands experience and, most importantly, preparation. The El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office is called to rescue several people from the trail each year. It recommends the following to people planning an off-road adventure:

-Be certain your vehicle is worthy of the trail. They do not recommend that people drive pick-up trucks. Instead people are encouraged to tackle the trail in modified Jeeps, although some stock vehicles have made the trip.

-Travel in groups and let people know where you are going and when you will be back.

-Bring spare parts and tools.

-Bring a radio or a cellular phone, which will work if you climb to a peak.

-If available a GPS tracking system can prevent you from getting lost and allow you to tell rescuers exactly where you are.

-Bring a first aid kit.

-Keep alcohol consumption to a minimum.

-Be prepared for adverse weather.

-Bring extra fuel, food and water.

-Be prepared to stay out for three days.

“You have to be ready to sustain in the Rubicon for at least three days – and that means everything,” said Deputy Scott Stewart. “It is also good to have experience. This is one of the most technical trails and is one of the toughest trails in America.”

People can gain experience by joining an off-road club, which can provide safety and camaraderie on the trail. People with questions about off-roading and the Rubicon Trail can learn more from the California Association of 4-wheel Clubs. Contact them at (800) 4X4-FUNN.

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