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Rubicon 4x4 Trail

HARD 35 reviews
#15 of 76 trails in

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.

DISTANCE
18.7 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
2,122 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Point to Point

dog friendly

nature trips

off road driving

scenic driving

forest

lake

views

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.

1 month ago

A must.

off road driving
2 months ago

37” tires 5”lift
sliders. Used it all That trail doesn’t disappoint hard-core

2 months ago

This is a beautiful trail . Have been running it since the late 70s . Three times this year , most recently with my Daughter. It changes each year, some years worse than others. if your rig is sound you can do it in a day . But it should be done in a minimum of 4 days to really enjoy the area . Should plan on staying at buck for 2 days , hike the waterfall for a beautiful reward.

3 months ago

You cannot do this trail in a stock jeep without lots of careful wheel placement, lockers, rock stacking and even then there are large portions of the trail that a stock JK or JL couldn’t do with out body damage or mechanical damage. It’s a super cool trail with lots of traffic during events. With heavy traffic it can easily take you 8hrs to drive from loon lake to rubicon springs and back.

4 months ago

Difficult and demanding trail.

off road driving
4 months ago

This was a bucket list trail for me. I went with Modern Jeeper Adventures (Metalcloak) and Jeepers Jamboree. It was an amazing experience. Rock rails and skid plates are a must. THey will be used.

5 months ago

over the years it's got a little easier, there's still points that are challenging even with more advance drivers and built rigs. 33" tires can do the trail with a good spotter 35" tires and a locker would be advisable. great trail AMAZING views.

off road driving
6 months ago

An amazing trail with several fun crawling spot and extremely beautiful

7 months ago

Amazing

horseback riding
7 months ago

I have ridden my horse on the trail. No problem and a whole lot faster than driving.

horseback riding
Monday, October 30, 2017

Question: is this trail horse friendly?

Monday, October 16, 2017

Challenging trail that never disappoints

off road driving
Sunday, September 24, 2017

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

Friday, August 04, 2017

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 :)

hiking
Thursday, July 12, 2012

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

hiking
2 months ago

off road driving
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hiking
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off road driving
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off road driving
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off road driving
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off road driving
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hiking
5 months ago

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