2012 was a busy year for the Rubicon Trail Foundation, as it continued its mission of “enhancing the future health and use of the Rubicon Trail, while ensuring responsible motorized year-round trail access.” Protecting the Rubicon Trail, and keeping it open for recreational use, continues to be the Foundation’s defining goal. If you enjoy riding the Rubicon Trail, or even if you’re an avid off-roader with your own local trails, please consider donating to the 501(c)3 non-profit foundation so that its mission may continue well into the future.

Visit the donation page here.

You may also contact Foundation President Scott Johnston with any questions you may have at Scott.Johnston@RubiconTrailFoundation.org.

Learn more about the efforts of the Rubicon Trail Foundation.

Thank you to all who helped make 2012 a great, successful year for the Rubicon Trail Foundation.

Rubicon Trail Foundation 2012 Accomplishments

  • Supplied meals and supplies to Friends of the Rubicon during the work weekend on Cadillac Hill in June. The group performed work on the repeater building in June, and in September they performed another work weekend in Wentworth Springs to give attention to the sigh kiosk and the area’s water bars.
  • The Foundation attended more than 18 public education events (Calrocs, FLB fundraiser, Cal4, Jeepers Jamboree, Jeep Jamboree, etc.) designed to inform the public about the Rubicon Trail.
  • Maintained all of the restrooms along the Rubicon Trail, pumping water into and solid waste out of each facility at

Political Action Team (PAC) 2012 Activity

  • Present at the Sierra Cascades meetings to communicate with the U.S. Forest Service to guide the organization’s actions on the environmental, economic, and social issues related to the Sierra forests.
  • Established leadership and participation in the Rubicon Oversight Committee
  • Participated with the Rubicon Trail Easement NEPA process. This included scoping, commenting, facilitating and appealing negotiations to protect the quality of the final product, and mitigate the possibility of lawsuits
  • Commented on the 42 Trails project, and facilitated commentary from project users to guide the Forest Service regarding the use of the Richardson Lake/Sourdough Mountain trail
  • Organized communication with the county on numerous occasions to facilitate the limitation of trail alteration work, including limiting the reduction of rock size in Little Sluice
  • Established on-the-trail services for the trail-riding public, such as Mid-Trail Staff and restroom maintenance
  • Solidified relationships with numerous organizations for the betterment of Rubicon Trail, including the Blue Ribbon Coalition, California Off Road Vehicle Association, and the California Association of 4 Wheel Drive Clubs
  • Assisted state parks and the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office with planning and execution of law enforcement along the Rubicon Trail

The Rubicon Trail Foundation would like to thank its supporters in its efforts to ensure the health and availability of the Rubicon Trail: 


Black Tie & Boots raised $28,000

Cantina 2012 raised $48,000