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    LOONatic fringe (mtb rockcrawling on the rubicon)

    saturday, november 3, 2012

    my first time riding in the loon lake area.

    the loon lake trail was covered in snow. damn.

    so i did an out and back on the rubicon instead. i only rode in about five miles before i had to turn back due to fading daylight. what a workout, tho!

    got to see rockcrawlers up close and personal, sofa king cool!

    it was a super fun day.





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    That's a really fun ride! I've driven it several time, but rode in from the Tahoe side, down Cadillac to the camp and back last year. It was a blast. Surprising how little of it was unrideable.

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    Man your tires look skinny compared to the big fat mothers those machine are on!

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    Nice, I''ve wanting to try that with my bike . I want to make a rack for my bike on my rockcrawler to take it in with me, but I have a tendency to roll over a lot, so that would't be good for my bike.

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    Awesome pics. I just bought a hecker frame and revelation fork, your bike pic makes me want to get that thing built asap.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bent70 View Post
    Nice, I''ve wanting to try that with my bike . I want to make a rack for my bike on my rockcrawler to take it in with me, but I have a tendency to roll over a lot, so that would't be good for my bike.
    I've been dreaming up a way to put a rack on my CJ as well. It would be fun to camp in the springs and do a few rides to see what's out there with a little quicker than walking or wheeling.

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    Ha small world! That's my friends and I where you are riding the trail next to the rigs. The red buggy is mine. My son and I were enjoying watching you ride.

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    Some of my wheelin buds ride too, we've been talking about riding/camping on the trail for awhile now... Just need to follow through. thought about throwing our gear on our rigs and letting the women drive while we ride. The con is badass for all things tired

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    Is that soup bowl or ice cream bowl?

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    Great video, thanks!
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    Quote Originally Posted by mellowyellowCJ7 View Post
    Is that soup bowl or ice cream bowl?
    Rocky road! Lol

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    Unfortunately, we can ride through lil sluice now.....almost. Runnig from spider to buck would be fun.
    I bet fordyce would be an adventure, preferably, from meadow lake to cisco.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bent70 View Post
    I bet fordyce would be an adventure, preferably, from meadow lake to cisco.
    If not for the creek crossings, Fordyce would be a blast... probably really hard, but certainly fun.

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    Quote Originally Posted by abeckstead View Post
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    When did that rock get moved down on Soup Bowl? The rock in the foreground of the picture above. It used to be in closer to the main ridgeline.

    I used to have a couple of crawlers and made monthly trips through the Rubicon.
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    Great video. That is definitely on my to do list for next year. That trail is insane. It would be a nice place to take a trials bike.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lakes road sheep View Post
    It would be a nice place to take a trials bike.
    I've seen a lot of trials moto bikes up there. The big granite bowl screams trials action.
    Its all Shits and Giggles until somebody Giggles and Shits

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    That granite bowl screams speed!


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    "sofa king cool!"
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    Anybody done the Rubicon from Tahoe all the way down to Loon Lake by bike? I'm researching doing this as part of a bikepacking trip from Tahoe to Folsom/Sacramento this summer. This first video made me think lots of walking, but maybe if you stay on the main trail when there is no snow?
    Rollin' rocks will never die...

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    LOONatic fringe (mtb rockcrawling on the rubicon)

    It's doable. The first 14 miles from Tahoma to Cadilac Hill are pretty easy going fire road.
    Cadilac Hill will scare the sh!t out of you. Steep downhill.
    Easy cruise through Rubicon Springs until you get to Big Sluice. Big Sluice will be a HAB with a loaded bike.
    Pick your way to Little Sluice. Plenty of very rideable routes around Little Sluice.
    As I recall, things were more interesting between Little Sluice and Loon Lake. Walker Ridge is a fun downhill chute on a mtn bike. There will be a number of boulder fields that will be HAB along the way.
    You route will change things. If you stay on the trail to Wentworth Springs, it's going to be atleast one more day's worth of riding.
    If you roll out to Loon and take pavement from there it will be quicker, but a lot more boring.


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    You need a Fatbike for a trip like this.

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    LOONatic fringe (mtb rockcrawling on the rubicon)

    Best video on Mtbr!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Captain Cobb View Post
    You need a Fatbike for a trip like this.
    That's what I thought after the too much snow and sand comment.

    Need to borrow my friend's 26lb carbon fatbike.

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    Thanks for the info, Brew! I figured by looking at the route that Cadillac Hill would be the steepest part, but we'd be going down it which might be doable. Then I didn't know if there would be a lot of HAB that involved scrambling up boulders and granite will carrying our bikes between there and Loon Lake. My plan right now is to use my full-squish 29er (Salsa Spearfish) with my B.O.B. Ibex (suspension) trailer. But if I will have to carry my bike over obstacles a lot then I'll invest in all the bikepacking bags.
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    I would strongly suggest against a trailer. That would be a pita. There are many points were you would have to separately drag your bike and then the trailer up. Actually, even bike packing bags is going to suck. If I was going to tackle a multi day excursion there, I would go fast and light.

    Every time I've ridden there, the rock crawlers are amazed and offer lots of beer. If you really want to go light, screw the provisions and live off of their beer offerings.

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    LOONatic fringe (mtb rockcrawling on the rubicon)

    A trailer is not going to work over the Rubicon. You will be in for a lot of HAB.

    Even a heavy bike packing set up will be difficult, but easier than the trailer.

    I was thinking about your trip a little more. One other option would be to take the McKinstry Mtn Trail north from the Rubicon and head towards Hell Hole Reservoir. The McKinstry Mtn Trail intersects the Rubicon just a little east of Ellis Creek. From Hell Hole you have a lot of options. You can continue north to French Meadows Reservior, then pick up either roads or trails in to Foresthill.


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