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07-13-2013 12:57 PM
87octane
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Originally Posted by BillG.OTD View Post
Great Pics Mark! I watched the slideshow with the wife and she said the trail didn't look as bad as she thought, so hopefully that will make her want to go. thanks for sharing them.....
07-13-2013 11:08 AM
BillG.OTD Great Pics Mark! I watched the slideshow with the wife and she said the trail didn't look as bad as she thought, so hopefully that will make her want to go. thanks for sharing them.....
07-13-2013 10:32 AM
87octane Finally figured out how to post big photo's



07-13-2013 09:08 AM
87octane Here is a link for my photo bucket album of the Rubicon Trail if you are interested in seeing higher quality photos. I put them in order from Loon Lake to Tahoe.

Rubicon Trail July 2nd And 3rd 2013 Slideshow by markdloan | Photobucket

Rubicon Trail July 2nd And 3rd 2013 Photos by markdloan | Photobucket
07-11-2013 06:42 PM
87octane maybe these will help. I wish I could post them at full size some how.
07-11-2013 05:09 PM
BillG.OTD Dang Mark, Those are some pretty nice pics...Now you have me thinking about doing the trail while were up there on Vacation in early August....Mid week and probably really quiet...I would still have to convince Tracey that we can make it one night of camping...and find a trail buddy like you did..
07-06-2013 08:22 PM
Fred1 Hey Mark, HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!! I posted the same on the M&G thread by accident. It was early in the morning. Can't wait to hear all about your trip.

Grant
07-06-2013 10:54 AM
87octane
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Originally Posted by BillG.OTD View Post
Thats great! How many miles in did you get? I assume you went in past loon lake? Curious to know what can be done in a day trip in and back and how hard the first few miles are...
Bill it depends on what end you start from. I know you enough to say that you want to start on the Loon Lake side. The photos I have attached above are in sequential order starting from Loon Lake.

It took me about 3 hours to get the Little Sluice area and we stopped for lunch prior. Buck Island Lake was about 4.5 hours and we stopped and talked to a guy named Merlyn for about 15 minutes along the way who was spreading the word on trail safety. Real nice guy I also attached a photo. Rubicon Springs was about 7 hours after stopping and swimming in Buck Island Lake which was awesome. (link to map below)

My favorite part of the Rubicon even though the whole thing was awesome was from Loon Lake to Buck Island Lake.

It looks like jeepwayoflife started from the Tahoe side.

I talked to Stan prior to this trip and he was right on the money when he said most of the challenging parts are from Loon Lake to Cadillac Hill.
07-06-2013 10:09 AM
87octane
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Originally Posted by suicideking View Post
Nice Mark! I'm definitely interested to hear more about your trip. Mostly, how hard was it and what you would compare it too.

Hopefully I'll make it there someday.
Hi Rick, in regards to difficulty and not having a choice or bypass I would compare it to Holcomb and John Bull. There were a couple spots that 33's were definitely not going to cut it so I went around. The guy I wheeled with had 33's and open diffs and he winched once and stacked rocks several times and even got out the high lift jack once. He was determined not to have to be strapped and he succeeded. He was smart about it and didn't take the harder lines when there was a choice.


Rick you and your Jeep would have no problems doing the Rubicon and you should change the hopefully into a definitely someday.
07-06-2013 03:25 AM
jeepwayoflife
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Originally Posted by BillG.OTD View Post

Thats great! How many miles in did you get? I assume you went in past loon lake? Curious to know what can be done in a day trip in and back and how hard the first few miles are...
First few miles are pretty easy. Stock jeeps are fine, saw a few stock pickups. All of the sudden the trail goes from like cell phone sized rocks to tire sized rocks. I don't have too many pics but I do have a few videos.

We made it just over 6 miles on the trail in just under 3 hours.



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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9ULI...e_gdata_player

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wHu5...e_gdata_player
07-06-2013 02:25 AM
suicideking Nice Mark! I'm definitely interested to hear more about your trip. Mostly, how hard was it and what you would compare it too.

Hopefully I'll make it there someday.
07-06-2013 01:44 AM
BillG.OTD
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Originally Posted by jeepwayoflife View Post
Ran 13 miles of it today, lots of fun! We didn't do the whole thing because didn't have camping equipment with us, so we left after breakfast, had lunch on the trail, and made it home for dinner. No damage and met lots of really nice people along the way.
Thats great! How many miles in did you get? I assume you went in past loon lake? Curious to know what can be done in a day trip in and back and how hard the first few miles are...
07-06-2013 01:10 AM
87octane
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Originally Posted by jeepwayoflife View Post
Ran 13 miles of it today, lots of fun! We didn't do the whole thing because didn't have camping equipment with us, so we left after breakfast, had lunch on the trail, and made it home for dinner. No damage and met lots of really nice people along the way.
Nice!! Post up some photos.
07-06-2013 01:01 AM
87octane
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Originally Posted by BillG.OTD View Post
Sounds great Mark, you found someone to run if with and it wasn't crowded. We will be going next year and your welcome to join us. We will be doing Moab in April for EJS...
I am interested in both. I will be sending you a PM for the EJS details.
07-05-2013 10:44 PM
jeepwayoflife Ran 13 miles of it today, lots of fun! We didn't do the whole thing because didn't have camping equipment with us, so we left after breakfast, had lunch on the trail, and made it home for dinner. No damage and met lots of really nice people along the way.
07-05-2013 05:11 PM
BillG.OTD Sounds great Mark, you found someone to run if with and it wasn't crowded. We will be going next year and your welcome to join us. We will be doing Moab in April for EJS...
07-04-2013 10:35 PM
87octane
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Originally Posted by BillG.OTD View Post
Nice pics Mark! Looks like an awesome trail. Who did you end up running it with? How was camping?
I ended up running with the white YJ in my photo's. Father son and friend from San Jose and not part of the Wrangler Forum. We met at the trail head and both of us needed a trail buddy so it worked out good. We camped at Rubicon Springs and we were the only one's there besides Dave the camp host who was a real nice guy. I did the trail on Tuesday and Wednesday so only seen a total of 2 other small groups of 3 to 5 rigs.

I can't say enough about this trail it far exceeded my expectations. I will definitely be jumping on any other opportunities to hit this trail again next year.
07-04-2013 05:52 PM
BillG.OTD Nice pics Mark! Looks like an awesome trail. Who did you end up running it with? How was camping?
07-03-2013 09:15 PM
87octane
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Originally Posted by JoeBot13 View Post
Awesome pics ... thanks for sharing! Hope to make the Rubicon myself someday! Did you take on Little Sluice since they broke up all the rocks?
I missed the entrance to little sluice but I did see it from above. It looked like it would have been fun.
07-03-2013 08:56 PM
JoeBot13 Awesome pics ... thanks for sharing! Hope to make the Rubicon myself someday! Did you take on Little Sluice since they broke up all the rocks?
07-03-2013 08:12 PM
87octane
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Originally Posted by Russ Just Russ View Post
Awesome. Any breakage?
No breakage! Rims skids and fenders are a little banged up and my trail buddy had some rocker panel damage.
07-03-2013 08:09 PM
87octane Rubicon Rock's.
07-03-2013 08:01 PM
Russ Just Russ Awesome. Any breakage?
07-03-2013 07:47 PM
87octane What an awesome trail!
06-26-2013 04:02 PM
yomondo
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Originally Posted by jeepwayoflife View Post
From the factory, the JK's come with the little trail rated badge, meaning stock they can make it through the Rubicon with a professional driver.
My wife's stock mall-crawler Grand Cherokee with 20" wheels and skinny street tires has that badge on it too. I highly doubt it could survive ANY difficult-rated rock crawling trail, much less the Rubicon Trail. According to this, "If your Jeep has the trail rated badge...should be able to tackle moderate trails in your neck of the woods".

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Originally Posted by 87octane View Post
If you buddy doesn't have sliders he should proably pass unless he wants body damage.
Definitely agree. I mean I'm sure it's possible to get through without sliders and without body damage, but the odds are stacked up against you if you choose to take that risk.
06-26-2013 02:52 PM
87octane
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Originally Posted by jeepwayoflife View Post
I've been on the Rubicon once before I could drive, but my jeep made it through before I put in the Dana 44 and took out TC drop (my dad drove it). I've been on trails similar to the Rubicon with no problems.

From the factory, the JK's come with the little trail rated badge, meaning stock they can make it through the Rubicon with a professional driver. My friend has a 2.5" lift and 33's, so I know he can make it, it just depends on body damage.


My most recent adventure


Sitting passenger and not being old enough to drive doesn't count. LOL


If you buddy doesn't have sliders he should proably pass unless he wants body damage. Maybe Scott or Sccafire can chime in and give us a better idea of what to expect on the trail since he has ran it before recently.

That is a good lookin Jeep.
06-26-2013 01:35 PM
jeepwayoflife
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Originally Posted by 87octane View Post

I appreciate you posting up and I am looking for some capable trail buddy's. I don't know if you have wheeled the Rubicon before?

To be honest I am a little concerned that you have doubts about your buddy's rigp and you still want to bring him with is more concerning.

I have not wheeled the Rubicon but I do know it is challenging and far from paved roads .
I've been on the Rubicon once before I could drive, but my jeep made it through before I put in the Dana 44 and took out TC drop (my dad drove it). I've been on trails similar to the Rubicon with no problems.

From the factory, the JK's come with the little trail rated badge, meaning stock they can make it through the Rubicon with a professional driver. My friend has a 2.5" lift and 33's, so I know he can make it, it just depends on body damage.


My most recent adventure


06-26-2013 09:11 AM
87octane
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Originally Posted by jeepwayoflife View Post
Let me know what day you head for the trail. I'll join you if I can talk my friend into coming with his JK. I know my tj can make it, but the JK will be a bit more difficult. I'll be less than 30 min from the Rubicon for the next few weeks
I appreciate you posting up and I am looking for some capable trail buddy's. I don't know if you have wheeled the Rubicon before?

To be honest I am a little concerned that you have doubts about your buddy's rig and you still want to bring him with is more concerning.

I have not wheeled the Rubicon but I do know it is challenging and far from paved roads .
06-26-2013 01:48 AM
jeepwayoflife Let me know what day you head for the trail. I'll join you if I can talk my friend into coming with his JK. I know my tj can make it, but the JK will be a bit more difficult. I'll be less than 30 min from the Rubicon for the next few weeks
06-25-2013 07:36 PM
87octane I bought a portable toilet today so I don't have to crap on the trail that me and many others are looking foward to enjoying.

I think I may have to watch my diet a couple days before hitting the trail and avoid Tommy's burgers at all costs
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