Trip Report—Cody and Friends Run the Rubicon Trail

Trip Report—Cody and Friends Run the Rubicon Trail
August 30, 2016 Coleman Mcvea

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.

Lily Lake on the Rubicon Trail near Lake Tahoe California

                                                            Lily Lake on the Rubicon Trail

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.

Cadillac Hill on the Rubicon Trail

Cody Brailsford in his O2 Tacoma on Cadillac Hill of the Rubicon Trail

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.

Rubicon Springs at the Bottom of Cadillac Hill on the Rubicon Trail

                                   Rubicon Springs at the Bottom of Cadillac Hill on the Rubicon Trail

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.

View of Stars at Buck Island Lake on the Rubicon Trail

View of Stars at Buck Island Lake on the Rubicon Trail

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.

Rubicon Trail Head near Loon Lake

Rubicon Trail Head near Loon Lake

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.

Rubicon Trail somewhere between Rubicon Springs and Buck Island Lake

                           Cody Brailsford’s 02 Tacoma on the Rubicon Trail somewhere between Rubicon Springs and Buck Island Lake

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

Map of the Rubicon Trail near Lake Tahoe California

Map of the Rubicon Trail near Lake Tahoe California

 

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2 Comments

  1. Jim 4 months ago

    What sort of amor did you run?? I see the sliders and front/rear bumper. Anything else underneath? factory skids or?

    • Marcus Gonzales 4 months ago

      Hello Jim,
      We reached out to Cody and his response was: “It had full Tcase and Transmission skid plate and a LROR Fuel Tank Skid”.

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