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Proceeds go entirely towards supporting the future of the Rubicon Trail

Cantina for the Con 2013 1 220x146 Rubicon Trail Foundation Cantina for the Con Raised $50,000 PLACERVILLE, CA   SEPTEMBER 23, 2013:  The Rubicon Trail Foundation would like to thank every person and company across the country that participated in this years 9th Annual Cantina for the Con, which strictly benefits the Rubicon Trail in Northern California.  The event that consisted of a Pre-Sale BBQ and a two-day event at the mouth of the Rubicon Trail had a Raffle that was an amazing mix of products and the best Tacos on the Rubicon.  “So many people think of the Rubicon Trail as a 4×4 only trail, but we see UTV’s, Motorcycles, Trials Bikes, Quads, Horses, Hikers, Bikers and others utilizing the trail,” said Rusty Folena, President of the Rubicon Trail Foundation.  “Our Foundation works every day to keep this trail open for anyone to use, specifically all types of motorized access.  We want to thank everyone that participated in this year’s annual fundraiser; the entire Board of Directors sincerely appreciates it. We hope everyone had fun and will plan on joining us again next year.” Read More→

Saturday August 31st – Sunday September 1st – Labor Day Weekend – Loon Lake Spillway

Facebook 5 220x220 Everyone Who Recreates on the Rubicon Trail Should Support the 9th Annual Cantina for the Con This WeekendPLACERVILLE, CA AUGUST 27, 2013: Regardless of how many wheels are on your vehicle, or what size they happen to be, the Rubicon Trail is recreated by many. Show your support by participating in this weekends Cantina for the Con event at the Loon Lake Spillway entrance. It is an event featuring tacos, a raffle, a vendor midway and family friendly events throughout Saturday and Sunday. The event is accessible by car, RV or off-road vehicle. “So many people think of the Rubicon Trail as a 4×4 only trail, but we see UTV’s, Motorcycles, Trials Bikes, Quads, Horses, Hikers, Bikers and others utilizing the trail,” said Rusty Folena, President of the Rubicon Trail Foundation. “Our Foundation works every day to keep this trail open for everyone to use, specifically all types of motorized access.” Directions and more specific information can be found at http://rubicontrail.org/rtf-cantina.htm. Read More→

2013 RTC CFC Flier v2 170x220 Cantina for the Con 9th Annual Event Finds Support from Raceline Wheels, Falken Tires and Many Other Leaders in the IndustrySaturday August 31st – Sunday September 1st – Labor Day Weekend – Loon Lake Spillway

PLACERVILLE, CA   AUGUST 21, 2013:  The 9th Annual Cantina for the Con, who’s proceeds go entirely towards supporting the future of the Rubicon Trail, has always had the support of the Offroad Community, local and far.  Raceline Wheels and Falken Tires have joined for the second year to be the presenting sponsors.  “We really appreciate everything that the Rubicon Trail Foundation does to keep the Rubicon Trail functional so we can come and enjoy it the couple times a year we make it up here,” said Greg Mulkey Raceline Wheels Offroad Brand Manager.  “We came to this event last year and it was an absolute blast!  Really looking forward to seeing everyone again.” Read More→

Saturday August 31st – Sunday September 1st – Labor Day Weekend – Loon Lake Spillway

2013 RTC CFC Flier 3 170x220 Cantina for the Con 9th Annual Event Expected to Be Biggest Fundraiser for Rubicon Trail to DatePLACERVILLE, CA   JULY 28, 2013:  Raceline Wheels and Falken Tires are proud to present the 9thannual Cantina for the Con.  The Rubicon Trail Foundation’s focus is on the health and well being of the Rubicon Trail.  Join the board of directors, companies from across the country and off road Rubicon Trail users for a weekend of Tacos, Vendor Midway, Activities for the Whole Family and a Huge Raffle that you can get to with a car or even participate in from home.  Read More→

Jeep Giveaway Winner Jeff Saari of Reno, NV

JJ60 JeffSaari JeepWinner 220x146 Great Weekend of Celebration for 60th Jeepers JamboreeGEORGETOWN, CA    AUGUST 2, 2012  –  The 60th Jeepers Jamboree celebration July 26-30, 2012 on the Rubicon Springs had many high points throughout all five days on the historic trail.  The Movies on the Grass, Historical talks, Diamond in the Rough wine tasting supporting the Rubicon Trail Foundation, Raffle, Vendor Show and a Flatfender Show’N’Shine were just the organized events. The camaraderie, food and helpful nature of the Jeepers Jamboree staff and participants tipped the experience to excellent.  “I would like to publicly thank the crews, cooks, rock rollers, mechanics and all the participants for making this the most amazing anniversary celebration yet,” said Bob Sweeney, Jeepers Jamboree Board of Directors.  “I appreciate everyone working with us on the extended stay, it continues to show how big and whole hearted the entire off road family is!” Read More→

Rubicon Trail Groups Issue Public Statement

Saturday, January 30th, 2010

Friends of the Rubicon and the Rubicon Trail Foundation

PRESS RELEASE: FOTR & RTF STILL COMMITTED AFTER BOS DECISION
Volunteer Coalition and Non-Profit Reflect After County Board of Supervisors Vote

Placerville, CA January 26, 2010: El Dorado County Board of Supervisors voted to formalize the alignment of the world-famous Rubicon Trail. This decision includes a handful of important bypasses around some of the more difficult sections of trail, providing trail users the option of taking a less difficult route around the toughest segments of trail. In a meeting which lasted well into the night, the Board of Supervisors heard arguments from county residents, off-highway vehicle enthusiasts, environmental activists, the U.S. Forest Service, and the State Parks OHV Division about how to best define the trail which winds through the scenic Sierra Nevada west of Lake Tahoe.

The Board of Supervisors discussed options for addressing a Cleanup and Abatement Order (CAO) issued by the Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board. The DOT listed three options for consideration, ranging from establishing 1.) a single defined trail, 2.) a defined trail with bypasses around the most difficult sections, and 3.) a ‘corridor’ option which would have included wide areas where specific trails might be defined. In the end, the Board of Supervisors chose the option of a single route with bypasses, which they felt provided the widest range of opportunities for public access while still addressing the CAO. Tom Celio, Director of DOT, stated that all options presented would be able to address the CAO.

This County action formally recognizes the main alignment of the Rubicon Trail and a handful of alternate routes with multiple levels of difficulty near Devil’s Postpile, Forgotten Sluice, Little Sluice, Indian Trail, and the True Old Sluice. Selecting this middle option is a balance between recognizing a single trail and recognizing every existing alternate and bypass. “In reality we lost very little” said Scott Johnston, President of the Rubicon Trail Foundation, “We are still committed to working with the County – this was a good step toward satisfying the Water Board’s CAO.”

In a frustrating last-minute twist which caught the public by surprise, the Board of Supervisors also voted to reduce the size of the largest rocks in the iconic Little Sluice Box, a signature section of Rubicon Trail near Spider Lake with high technical difficulty. This controversial proposal, was put forth by Supervisor Jack Sweeney after the public comments session was closed. “I and other members of our volunteer community were blind-sided by the discussion/decision to alter Little Sluice”, said Jacquelyne Bebe Theisen, Trail Boss for the Friends of the Rubicon (FOTR). “Our volunteers deserved the opportunity to discuss the alteration of Little Sluice with the Board of Supervisors – and we will. This is not over.”

RTF and FOTR will work together to push the County Department of Transportation, to lead organizations, and agencies together to identify and employ non-explosive management techniques to minimize impacts at Little Sluice and still comply with the Board of Supervisors’ instructions. In the meantime, FOTR and RTF will continue to work with the County to mitigate concerns in the area by distributing WAG bags (for collecting human waste) and spill kits (for cleaning up fluids spilled by damaged vehicles); reaching out with education from the kiosks, providing roving trail patrol and mid-trail staff; and delivering internet-based education.

On several occasions during the course of the meeting, the Board of Supervisors expressed how grateful they were for the incredible commitment of the (OHV) community who volunteer thousands of hours a year educating trail users, performing trail maintenance, and cleaning up and addressing sanitation issues. The volunteers of FOTR, Jeepers Jamboree, California Association of Four Wheel Drive Clubs, and many other local clubs and independents have worked together to maintaining Rubicon Trail for more than 50 years.

The joint efforts of the County, the Forest Service, the California OHV Division, and these volunteers provide an unprecedented example of a collaborative process that works, and are a shining example to land managers and user groups across the nation. “We have to move forward, and keep our volunteers motivated. It’s going to be a challenge, but we can and will succeed,” Theisen added, “We are relieved that after ten years of discussing the issue of trail alignment with little action, the County has finally identified what routes they will maintain in conjunction with the Volunteers.”

FOTR’s extensive volunteer coalition coordinates with RTF’s federally recognized non-profit organization, and with 8+ years of FOTR volunteerism and 5+ years of RTF fund-raising, we expect that the Rubicon Trail will continue to be an environmentally sound, viable, year-round trail accessible to the public for years to come.

If you would like to help with our efforts, you can sign up for a Friends of the Rubicon work party at: www.FriendsoftheRubicon.com or send your tax deductible donations to: Rubicon Trail Foundation PO Box 2188 Placerville, CA 95667. Donations may also be made with PayPal or major credit cards by calling 888-6RUBICON.

More information is available at www.RubiconTrailFoundation.org and www.FriendsoftheRubicon.com