uses a trail rating system that is similar to the one created by Mark
Smith for the Jeep Jamboree events. Every trail is rated from 1 (the
easiest) to 10 (the most difficult). We will consider the Rubicon a 10.
Nationally, there are trails rated more difficult then the Rubicon, but
in the Northern California area, Rubicon is probably the toughest. We
never intend to rate trails out of the California area so we will give
Rubicon the toughest rating of 10. If we had the budget, sure we would
be at Moab every other weekend, but for now we will stick to the trails
that we all can reach for a weekend excursion. These ratings are based
on the trail overall, not just on one or two tough spots. Rain or snow
can increase ratings by one or two points. Numerically higher-rated
trails are more likely to result in vehicular damage.
trails with obstacles that are easy to navigate. In optimum weather
conditions, some of these trails may not require the continual use of
four-wheel drive (4WD).
||4-7 are moderately
demanding trails on which 4WD is required. You may encounter a wide
variety of challenges, including mud holes, boulders, and stream
crossings, on the trail.
that the likelihood of getting stuck is considerably higher. Mud holes
here may be deep and rock climbing will be more arduous.
reserved for the most demanding off-road trail in the Northern
Californiathe Rubicon Trail.
wear your seatbelt. Off road vehicle operation is dangerous. If due
caution is not observed, personal injury or death can occur.