This Trip takes place between September 7th and 14th, 2013. This article was written by Cody Brailsford of Pleasant Grove, Utah, USA and originally published in our LowDown monthly newsletter. Since the newsletter was replaced by this blog we decided to republished the article here. We hope you enjoy it.
We started our trip in Orem, Utah, right after Low Range Off-Road’s 2013 Annual “Show-and-Shine”. Our first destination was the Great Basin National Park in Nevada where we would spend our first night camping. It was a nice change of scenery from what you see on I-80. We woke up to a little rain but that seemed ok, as we had planned to do the Cave Tour. To our disappointment, we learned the tour was full, so we turned the trucks west and headed for Lake Tahoe.
We camped that night at Lily Lake, which normally marks the end of the Rubicon Trail but the beginning for us.
Yes, we ran the trail backwards. Arriving a little before dusk, we were able to watch a beautiful sun set over the “Lake”. The next morning we began the trail. The road to the top of Cadillac hill wasn’t that bad and it offered a great view down into Rubicon Springs, which was an amazing sight. We had a quick break, took some photos and started down Cadillac Hill.
This is where the fun begins and all that money spent on armor really payed off. It was about now I was wishing I had 35″ tires on my 02 Taco and not these “half-tread” 33’s. At the bottom of Cadillac Hill there is a crystal clear, spring fed, mountain stream called Rubicon Springs.
We stopped for lunch, swung off the rope, and swam a bit. The next incline ended at Buck Island Lake where we camped for the night and did a bit more swimming, had dinner and enjoyed a breathtaking view of the stars on into the evening.
We started the last day on the trail, which took us to Loon Lake and the official start of the Rubicon Trail, but the end of the Trail for us.
We made the whole (approximately 16 mile) trail without breaking anything or even having to use a winch or tow strap. And yes, I made the whole trail with a camper on for everyone that asked along the trail. I only had to move one rock on a rock face that came a little to close to the camper.
If you want a trail with challenging obstacles, nice camp spots, beautiful scenery and brisk swimming holes, this is trail for you. Thanks for letting us share our Rubicon Trail experience.
Cody Brailsford, Former Technician
Low Range Off-Road