Rubicon 4x4 Trail

HARD 16 reviews
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Rubicon 4x4 Trail is a 18.7 mile heavily trafficked point-to-point trail located near Pollock Pines, California that features a lake. The trail is rated as difficult and primarily used for nature trips, scenic driving, and off road driving. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

18.7 miles
2122 feet
Point to Point

dog friendly

nature trips

off road driving

scenic driving




Perhaps the best known and most popular 4x4 trail in the world. A rare combination of difficulty, beauty, length and pure rock-crawling pleasure. Great camping next to crystal-clear lakes with stunning views. Most people drive the trail in the direction described here, but it can be driven in both directions. The trail reaches elevations above 7,000 feet and is partially snow covered in the winter. However, only the Granite Bowl is officially closed to vehicular travel at that time. From a practical standpoint, however, the trail is for summer use. A mix of granite slabs, soft dirt, sharp rocks and large boulders that require precise maneuvering to avoid body damage. Several extreme sections can be bypassed but many very rough sections cannot. Cadillac Hill is very steep, tippy and potentially dangerous. During wet periods, one water crossing can be very deep and muddy. Extremely dusty with tight brush in places. With an expert spotter, you might get a stock, high clearance, short-wheel based 4WD vehicle through without body damage, but the average driver should not try it. Best done in a modified vehicle with ample body protection and lockers. Travel with a group.

horseback riding
5 months ago

Question: is this trail horse friendly?

6 months ago

Challenging trail that never disappoints

off road driving
6 months ago

Excellent trail. Fantastic scenery and lakes you can actually swim in!
Definitely will run it again!

8 months ago

Bad ass!!! I love my back yard!!

off road driving
Saturday, September 19, 2015

great trail, wish I would have had mor time to go on more trails in that area

off road driving
Friday, May 29, 2015

2 days of non-stop Rock crawling. It was awesome.

off road driving
Friday, October 18, 2013

my husband and I did this trail in our Mercedes Unimog. Amazing trail, amazing views!

off road driving
Monday, September 30, 2013

Did this trail in the summer of 2010, wow what an adventure in our puny SxS's (Rhino's and RZR's)
One of my best trips ever!

off road driving
Friday, September 20, 2013

Just one of the best 4x4 trail out there ..
The trail is filled with the great people :)

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Truly an epic adventure for Jeep owners..this trail has everything!

6 months ago

6 months ago

recorded observation point

off road driving
7 months ago

8 months ago

off road driving
Saturday, October 08, 2016