Wanted to share a trip report, and some pics with the JKO... A few of us from Phoenix made the trip to Georgetown to take on the Rubicon. My buddy Kevin was in an LJ, I was in my JK.. Had a great trip, perfect weather. Had a couple of hiccups but nothing major.
Arrived in Georgetown on July 18th. Stayed at the Hilltop Inn - not a bad place, but you wouldn't get it confused with the Hilton Inn...
Picked up a few last minute supplies, and headed out onto the trail the next morning.
Passed through the ranger station, thru the gatekeeper with no problems, and into the granite bowl. Absolutely beautiful country. Trail was low range right from the get-go... Found some water on the trail and a deep puddle near Spider Lake.
Made our way around the Little Sluice and past the "mob" section of the trail. Bypassed the big stuff in the mob area. Kevin in the LJ got a sidewall puncture on one of the hills... Tore an 1.5" hole in one of his MTRs... Changed that real quick and kept rolling.
Trail was much more difficult than I had imagined... but the Jeeps were doing well.
Made it to Buck Island Lake - and got the JK hung up on the rock ledges just past the spillway... Tore the boot off of the rear driveline and installed some new dents in the lower part of the driveshaft.
Debated camping at Buck, but opted to make the short run to Rubicon Springs instead... since I think it was less than 2 miles away.
Big Sluice was unbelieveable - and regretted not hanging at Buck to tackle it in the morning. Couple of obstacles were about 3/4 the width of the JK, but there was no turning around... Made it thru taking lots of scrapes on the rocker guards, and breaking one of my marker lights on my front flares.
Crossed the bridge and into the springs after about 10 hours on the trail. I would guess that of the first 8 miles my spotter walked 7. And of those 7, probably 2 backward...
The Springs were great - lots of free firewood, restrooms.... Camped there for 2 nights.
Second day just hung out in the Springs... Took a swim, hiked a little bit... saw the Stone Cabin.
Day 3 headed out of the Springs toward Cadillac Hill. Plenty of water and mud just past the Springs... Made it to the bottom of Cadillac Hill before running into traffic having trouble getting up the hill. The hill was wet, slippery, and treacherous... Probably 10+ vehicles in that line. Waited our turn - and made it up without any issues - no straps or winching involved.
Stopped at the observation point for a few photos and headed out.
The Tahoe side was in good shape - with some water and some show still showing...
All in all - an awesome trip.
Learned alot about the Rubicon... busted some myths and found some truths in all that we heard before heading out there...
The Mosquitos are as big as hummingbirds!
The Temps will be in the 20s at night!
The Water crossings may be too deep for the LJ!
The Springs are soaking wet, and any firewood found there will be soaked!
The Mosquitos are very bad. I used 2 full cans of off - and still got eaten alive.
Temps were in the upper 30s at night...
Water crossings were simple, and the deepest we found was about 40" deep.
The Springs were dry, clean, and fantastic.
We should have stopped at Buck Island for the night...
Plenty of firewood at the Springs
We didn't need our portable pooper.... The springs had more portapotties than people while we were there.
The trail itself was way harder than I had imagined. Here in AZ sure there are obstacles - usually separated by some distance. The Rubicon was relentless... There were very few breaks, and you needed to stay focused at all times... A good spotter is not a nice to have... it's a REQUIREMENT.
Damage report: LJ ruined a tire. JK Bent rear driveshaft, Broken marker light. Replaced the driveshaft back here in Phoenix after the trip.
Had a blast - and thank you Owtdoors for the advice, maps, and guidance...
Enjoy the pics... these were some of my favorites...
Last edited by fast1600; 08-01-2012 at 08:06 AM.