Rubicon Trail in California

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Rubicon Trail

For the ultimate in offroad experiences, the Rubicon Trail in California is a must. It is a popular destination for 4WD enthusiasts, but also perfect for those who love to hike and bike. A place where rough-and-ready trailblazers create their own vacation, you will love hiking and biking adventures here.

Rubicon Trail has become a favorite place for those who need to get out in the wilderness and find the natural beauty of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. It's ideal for an exciting offroad, hiking or biking adventure.

Part of the 22-mile trail is maintained road, which begins at the official trailhead in Georgetown, California, a small town on the western slope of the Sierra Nevada, on Highway 193. Then you will be traversing 12 miles of very rocky, un-maintained roads through some incredible scenery.

Rubicon Trail is rated 10 on a scale of 1 to 10 in difficulty for driving (10 being the most difficult). The actual start is several miles east of Georgetown next to Loon Lake. You will pass through the El Dorado National Forest as you continue, moving on through Ellis Creek and Walker Hill, passing Buck Island Lake and finally to Rubicon Springs and Cadillac Hill.

Be aware as you go, however, that you are not allowed to get off the trail by more than 25 feet or risk a very expensive citation. As the popularity of the Rubicon Trail skyrocketed, so did the percentage of careless drivers, necessitating monitoring the area to protect its beauty.