RTF Vision Statement

Our vision is be the trusted stewards of the Rubicon Trail, ensuring sustainability for the experience of the users.

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RTF is a 501(c)3
Non-profit Educational


Upcoming Events

Fundraising Events

Next Board Meeting
July 18, 2018
Ham Radio Class
November 3 & 17, 2018
Trail Conditions: Loon: Clear Wentworth: Clear Tahoe: Clear

Current News

Experience The Rubicon Results!
Experience the Rubicon with the Rubicon Challenge was a great success at the El Dorado County Fair. Brought to you by Jeepers Jamboree and Rubicon Trail Foundation in cooperation with El Dorado County, the event was amazing. Thank you to all the participants.

Now...to the results!!

Street-Able/35" or less
1st - Danny Patterson Jr 1:39.69
2nd - Luke Patterson 1:49.65
3rd - Jared Searle 2:08.12

Street-Able/37" to 39.5"
1st - Vichay Bun 1:40.63
2nd - Aaron Johnson 1:53.56
3rd - Jason Warden 2:00.19

Unlimited Class
1st - Brandon Pebley 1:17
2nd - Austin Warden 1:27
3rd- Aaron Thompson 1:33

UTV Class
1st - Pauly Hart 1:00
2nd - Rick Grove 1:08.78
3rd - Craig Lemon 1:46.41

Trailer Course
1st - Jeremy Pruitt 2:24.71
Honorable Mention for pulling trailer flipped over Patt Hodgson 1:44.47

1st - Laura Blake 3:15.13
2nd - Sue LeeBunr 3:19.94

Congratulations. See you next year!

RTF Application for OHMVR Grant
Posted:  February 26, 2018
The Rubicon Trail Foundation is applying to the California Department of Parks and Recreation, Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation (OHMVR) Division for the 2017/2018 grants program for funding of a project on the Rubicon Trail. The grants application will be posted on the OHMVR website on March 6, 2018. To review the grant applications submitted, click on this link or paste it into your browser:  www.ohv.parks.ca.gov

The 30-day public review and comment period for the 2017/2018 Grants and Cooperative Agreement Program begins March 6, 2018 and ends April 2, 2018 This period provides an opportunity for the public to review the preliminary applications submitted to the OHMVR Division for consideration during the current grant cycle.  The public may provide comment to both the applicant and the OHMVR Division by emailing John Arenz at John.Arenz@RubiconTrailFoundation.org and copying the OHVMR Division at OHVinfo@parks.ca.gov.
2018 FOTR Annual Meeting
The Friends of the Rubicon annual meeting will be held Saturday, April 7, 2018. It will begin promptly at 10am and should conclude close to noon. Lunch will be provided by RTF with FOTR volunteers.

The meeting will be held at the Metal Cloak 2484 Mercantile Dr, Rancho Cordova, CA 95742


*Ken Hower - Cal-star/Reach Air Med and RTF Property Update
*Vickie Sanders- El Dorado County Chief Administrative Office. Coordinator of Rubicon projects and Adopt a Trail.
*Peggy Westphal- Pacific Ranger District
*John Briggs to update the Tahoe Side Items to be discussed:
*Adopt-A-Trail. Discussion and update from the County. Work Project list fro the county and AAT The work weekends currently being planned, suggestions and ideas are welcome.

***Dates are tentative and will be set by the annual meeting.***

* Tentative** July 21-22 Big Sluice Water Bars. This Project Suggested be AAT is still being accessed to determine placement and number of water bars needed. *Tentative** June 30th through July 1st work on steps at the bowl. Suggested by AAT. this is partly private property the trail needs to be delineated and the approach on the trail needs to be accessed.
*June 14-17 The County will be having a booth at the Eldorado County Fair this year along with OHMVR for Rubicon Education. The county appreciates our volunteer efforts and would like us to be at the fair booth to answer questions and show how we work together on trail issues. Free tickets to the fair for volunteers working the booth, but you need to let me know your plan to help.

*Discussion and planning of projects that FOTR volunteers have identified. Have a Project? Lets discuss it!
*John Briggs to update the Tahoe Side
*Trail Boss and Tahoe Lead nominations and vote Running for Trail Boss are Scott Johnston Shannon Chard
* John Briggs will be stepping down from Tahoe Lead. Thank You so much for your dedication and help over the years John. WE ARE CURRENTLY LOOKING FOR A TAHOE LEAD.

Thanks and look forward to seeing everyone on April 7th.

If you have any other topics you would like to be included for discussion, please e-mail them to fotrtrailboss@gmail.com
Black Tie and Boots 2018
This year's Black Tie & Boots will be held at a new location. Jackson Rancheria Casino and Resort, 12222 New York Ranch Rd., Jackson, CA  95642 with a new start time of 4:30pm. 

Tickets are on sale now for $100 per person.  We are honoring Rusty Folena with the Prestigious Rock Award.  Please join us for the 10th Annual Black Tie & Boots.  You can register by clicking here

This is a formal event and there will be dinner with a live and silent auction.

These are the current sponosrs-

Gold Cadillac

4x4 in Motion
American Legion Jamboree Cook Crew– Post 119
Jeepers Jamboree

Madhatters 4x4 Club


Rubicon Springs Silver

Arabia’s Overkill/Two Guys Trail Gear
Daryl & Lori Warden
John & Barbara Arenz

BT Consulting
Auburn Jeep Club
Mountain Transit Authority

Buck Island Bronze

Gallery & Barton, APLC - Jesse Barton
Placerville Pizza Factory
PGR Solutions - Jake Parson

Please read our Press Release
New Directors
This year RTF lost 3 directors. Tom Allgaier, Sean Russell and Aaron Nunley all said goodbye after years of service. Tom was responsible for the past several Cantina for the Con events, Sean has been on the board for many years and served as President, and Aaron was the "swag guy".

What's old is new again they say, and for RTF that rings true. At the December meeting, the board approved Scott Johnston and Mike Gerondakis. While both are familiar to the trail, Scott Johnston is most familiar, having been a founding director and past president. Mike Gerondakis is also familiar to many, being on the Jeepers Jamboree committee.

There is currently one open board seat. Any interested parties should contact

Welcome to both new board members.
Ham Radio Class Fall 2017

Ham Radio is the very best way to communicate on the Rubicon and other trails. It is literally a lifesaver!!! The class makes it easy. This class, sponsored by Rubicon Trail Foundation, is designed to take you from zero to HAM radio operator in no time at all. It will be held in the Sacramento Valley area, in El Dorado Hills.

The dates are:
Class: November 18th, 2017, 9:00AM until 5:00PM, with a 1 hour lunch break – in this session, Barb will give you everything you need to know to pass the test…help you through the hard stuff, show you how to study the easy stuff, and where to look for info between classes. You should expect to be in class all day and you’ll learn a ton of stuff! She’ll also give you info on how to study for the test the easy way.

Test: December 2nd, 2017, 9:00AM until about 2:00PM – in this session, an examiner team will meet you when you arrive. They’ll administer the test, and after you have passed, John will teach you stuff about using your radio in the practical world and give you a bunch of info about getting emergency help, setting up your radio, and using it in the Rubicon as well as general info for other areas. You’ll leave the session with all the tools you need to get started, including a radio, if you want one.

Radios: Once again we will offer a “group buy” price on the Yaesu FT-60 portable radio and/or Yaesu FT-8900 mobile radio. We don’t make any money on this, we’re just trying to get radios into the hands of OHV users. After you sign up, more info will be made available on that. These are the same radios we have offered in the past, and have proven to be durable, practical, easy to program and understand, and work very well.

Cost: The cost for the class is the $15.00 charge for your FCC license due on test day…that’s it! I will get prices for the radios as the date gets closer and will put that out via email to those that have signed up.

Book: The book you need is the ARRL Ham Radio License Manual, 3rd edition. It MUST be the most current book (question pool good through June 30, 2018, as identified on page viii). I believe they are cheapest at Amazon.com. and fastest from Ham Radio Outlet. You MUST have the new (June 30, 2018 question pool) version of the book as you won’t be able to follow the class without it AND the questions on the test are different! ISBN: 978-1-62595-013-0

Sign up for the class by emailing me with your name, address, phone number, and preferred email address at John.Arenz@RubiconTrailFoundation.org

November Meeting Location Change!!!
The November RTF meeting will NOT be held at our normal location in Placerville.

The meeting will be held at the County Facility:
330 Fair Lane Conference Room A, Placerville, CA
Cantina For The Con Winners!
Thanks to vendors, attendees and volunteers that participated in the 2017 Cantina. Here are all the winners from the raffle. Prizes will be coming from RuffStuff, so expect a call from them shortly.

Cantina For The Con - 13th Annual

Preparations are in order for the Cantina For The Con! September 2-3, 2017 at the Loon Lake spillway will host the 13th Annual Cantina.

On Wednesday, August 16 at Metal Cloak will be the Cantina Pre-Sale.

Rubicon Trail Closure - Update
Yesterday, May 22, 2017, the El Dorado County Parks Department closed the Rubicon Trail from Wentworth Springs Campground to the County Line at the north end of Rubicon Springs.  The closure is due to the large volume of water on the trail, specifically the water depth at Soup Bowl, one of the monitoring areas outlined in Exhibit C of the 2012 Rubicon Trail Easement.  The water there is several feet deep and more than 10 feet wide, which meets the closure criteria.

In the past, closures of this type occurred due to water depth at Winter Camp.  The good news is that after the work done by Friends of the Rubicon and the County last season, Winter Camp is looking good…the water depth there is not enough to meet closure criteria.

It appears that the deep water at Soup is due to an ice dam at the outlet and that ice dam has caused the drainage to be clogged by debris.  RTF has been talking to the County and working with them to formulate a solution as soon as possible.  We hope that the trail will be open by June 1st. 

John Arenz
Rubicon Trail Foundation

Q2 Newsletter Released
The 2nd quarter 2017 Newsletter was released today. Featured stories include, snow wheeling, the Winter Summit for directors, FOTR news and a feature on Dan DeWolf.
2017 Rubicon Trail Foundation Directors

The Rubicon Trail Foundation would like thank all that attended and donated to the success of the 2017 Black Tie and Boots event.

All photos from the event can be found by clicking here

L-R: Dan DeWolf, Ken Hower, Sean Russell, Chris Cowan, Cole Sweatt, John Arenz,
Lori Warden, Dave Thomas, Jonathan Carlos, JC Jenkins, Matt Warden, Aaron Nunley
Not pictured: Vicki Sanders and Rusty Folena

RTF Property Work Project 4

While everyone was on the 64th Annual Jeepers Jamboree, Aaron Bortolazzo of FMA Builders, Clarke Schiller and John Grillo of 2 Guys Trail Gear and Derek Armes were busy working on Project 4 to RTF property access.

L-R: Derek Armes, Clarke Schiller (2 Guys Trail Gear), Aaron Bortolazzo (FMA Builders) and John Grillo (2 Guys Trail Gear) - Photo by Laura Schiller

Read about it here.

Rubicon Trail Foundation - New Board Members

At the December 14 meeting, the Rubicon Trail Foundation said goodbye to Dave Beam after 4 years of service on the board. Thank you Dave for 4 great years of service.

In addition, long-time FOTR member JC Jenkins and newer volunteer, Jonathan Carlos were voted on to the RTF board. Both will serve until re-election in 2018.


Rubicon Trail Foundation Announces BLA Agreement
Please CLICK HERE to read the annoucement of our Boundary Line Adjustment agreement recording with El Dorado County.
RTF Property Access Agreement Announcement

The Rubicon Trail Foundation (RTF) is pleased to announce that we have reached an agreement with the Rubicon Trail Partnership (RTP) with regards to accessing the RTF Property. We would like to thank RTP for working with us through this process. We would also like to thank the public; everyone has been very patient as we work toward access. We look forward to working with RTP and all landowners on the Rubicon, FOTR, and all the Adopt a Trail clubs maintaining access and the health of the Rubicon for everyone to enjoy. More work needs to be done to get the property opened up for everyone to use. Our first task will be working with RTP and El Dorado County to secure a boundary line adjustment (BLA). There will be plans forthcoming to work on the access route while the BLA is in progress.

RTF is planning to open the property for public access during the summer of 2016 if all goes well.

Again, the foundation would like to thank everyone for their patience in achieving this long term goal.

Rusty Folena
Property Chair

Click Here to read full release

Clean Up and Abatement Order Rescinded!

On April 23, 2009, the Central Valley Regional Water Quality Board voted to issue a Cleanup and Abatement Order (CAO) for the Rubicon Trail. The extensive order required El Dorado County and the Eldorado Nation Forest to construct bridges, construct erosion features on the trail, count users, define trail boundaries, provide sanitation and oil spill solutions, do extensive analysis, and develop water quality protection and managment plans as well as other requirements.

On Friday, October 10, 2014, after five years of hard work by the County, the Forest, the State Historic Preservation Office, Friends Of The Rubicon, the Rubicon Trail Foundation and countless users of the trail, the CAO was rescinded by unanimous vote of the Water Board. This is cause for celebration and congratulations for a job well done.

When asked about the action, Rusty Folena, president of RTF said, "I couldn't be more proud of this organization and collaborative efforts of all of these groups have undertaken. This is a great day for the Rubicon Trail!"

Does it mean it's over? No, not really. It means that the Rubicon is no longer under threat of closure from this source. It also means the governmental agencies that oversee the Trail (the County and the Forest) will no longer be forced to make endless reports, and can concentrate their efforts instead on working on the Rubicon and other trails.

Our job is to insure that the trail continues to be sustainable, continues to be clean and continues to be open to the public year-round.

Cantina For The Con Story

The Driving Line did an awesome story on RTF and TDO. Click here to read about it.

Rubicon Trail - Public Service 98 Rock

Pat Martin at 98 Rock hosts the pubic service show, and in December, John Arenz (RTF) and Tim Green and Steve Hersh of FOTR came in to discuss the Rubicon and winter travel.

Click HERE to enjoy!!

Tim Green FOTR and John Arenz RTF on 98 Rock!
Thanks to Tim Green and John Arenz on 98 Rock with Pat Martin, talking about the Rubicon!! Download it or stream the Mp3 by CLICKING HERE!
RTF Votes on Soup Bowl
The Rubicon Trail foundation has voted on a position to save Soup Bowl, on the Rubicon Trail. Please CLICK HERE to read the press release.
The List - The Rubicon Trail!

Our friend, Jessi Combs and co-host Patrick McIntyre have a show called "The List-1001 Car things to do before you die". This episode, the two tackle the Rubicon Trail!


RTF Toilet Service in Action!

Read about the latest RTF Project! Our Unimog Toilet Pumper in action!

Spider Repeater Project 2012

When the ham radio repeater vault was placed in the Rubicon in 2007, one of the promises RTF made to the property owners was that we would make it blend as much as possible, specifically that we would put rock on the outside of the block building.  This year, thanks to Peninsula Building Materials Co., Drummond Masonry, and some Rubicon enthusiasts from the south bay, that came to fruition, and boy, what a job they did.  After ten trips carrying rock and mortar in the RTF trailers, and several days of hard work, the result is nothing short of amazing. Click here to view a slideshow.

Coincidentally, the new repeater package was ready that same weekend and Ray Pledger brought it up and with the help of John Arenz and remote control from Frank Yost, placed the new repeater, changed antenna configurations, and got it going.  For those that have used it since then, it is working substantially better!

Many thanks to the following for their part in this effort:

Peninsula Building Materials Co. of Sunnyvale, California
Drummond Masonry of Soquel, California
Clarke Schiller
Laura Schiller
Aaron Bortolazzo
Matt Bortolazzo
Jeff Arabia
John Gillio
Zack Merrill
Derek Armes
Mark Smith
Alvaro Gonzales
Carlos Hernandez
Ivan Lopez
Alex Hernandez
Patrick Morey
Juan Gutierrez
Dave Gross
John Arenz
Barbara Arenz
Ray Pledger
Frank Yost





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