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Rubicon: new route done!
« on: Oct 17, 2002, 02:54:44 AM »
From 4x4 wire:
The whole story

It looks like the work has been completed!

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Re: Rubicon reroute map
« Reply #1 on: Oct 28, 2002, 01:22:11 PM »
We cut this trail in on Oct 19th at the annual pirate cleanup..(POR)..& (FOTR)..along with the Dept of forestry..It is a pretty good trail and lots of hard ground...(slab) rocks and whatnot...going in is easy by the boulders...(Please obay the trail blockages so we all can enjoy this trail).... coming back down the last 100' is going to take a tad of precise manuvering as it is off camber and the boulders are waiting to kiss your vehicle....It already has rearranged some sheet metal...I named it the "Pinch Rock" and so it is....The BIG "Little" boulder on the left going up may end up having to be moved or the one on the right....MONSTER ONE may need to be cut with an air hammer to open it up a bit....I know this was talked about that day also...so we will see...
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Re: Rubicon reroute map
« Reply #2 on: Oct 28, 2002, 01:28:33 PM »
pics pics pics!
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Re: Rubicon reroute map
« Reply #3 on: Oct 29, 2002, 01:59:36 PM »
Ya know I got some good ones on my digi and ya know what??.....Someone needed it more than me and took it...man I was mad.... :mad:  I do have some hard pics but no scanner to put em up of that area.... :smack:


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Re: Rubicon: new route done!
« Reply #4 on: Nov 16, 2002, 05:46:09 AM »
Here's the link to the article:
http://www.4x4wire.com/access/news/fotr/press_rel_10_02/

Here are some pictures of the work, for those who don't want to flip through the whole gallery at: http://www.4x4wire.com/cgi-bin/gallery/imageFolio.cgi?direct=trailshots/4x4_Trailshots/Preserving_Our_Trails/Friends_of_the_Rubicon/November_2002

New Route Entrance BEFORE

New Route Entrance AFTER


Blockade BEFORE

Blockade AFTER
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Re: Rubicon: new route done!
« Reply #5 on: Nov 16, 2002, 05:50:24 AM »
Blockade closeup:

Blockade from farther back:

Hay spread just behind ths blockade:

...anyone who drives over the blockade in the spring cannot profess ignorance of it -- there are large rocks, multiple signs, and a field of very visible straw.

The road down through Pleasant Meadow no longer exists:


Before hay:

After we spread out more than 50 bales of rice straw:

...an average of three bales per person... about 250 pounds each!

A shot along where the trail used to thread between the trees.


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Re: Rubicon: new route done!
« Reply #6 on: Nov 16, 2002, 01:28:45 PM »
kinda sad :(

no more access to the beach I take it..
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Re: Rubicon: new route done!
« Reply #7 on: Nov 17, 2002, 08:22:28 AM »
"no more access to the beach?"
Not by vehicle. You can park and walk -- it is all of maybe 200 yards?

Check the article:
http://www.4x4wire.com/access/news/fotr/press_rel_10_02/
The trail re-route makes for a better situation than present, since the current stretch of trail between Loon Lake and Ellis Creek is not a formal OHV route (and thus could be taken away very easily). The planned easementswill allow the county to formally recognize this segment of the trail as part of the Rubicon Trail System, with full cooperation of the Forest Service and the affected private land owners.

Better yet, it is a better chunk of trail. We get a bunch of boulders and slabs in exchange for a section of the trail that was always either dusty or muddy --  and we minimize vehicle traffic on less-hardened trail.

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Re: Rubicon: new route done!
« Reply #8 on: Dec 08, 2002, 07:46:09 AM »
ran new trail route on dec 1.nice job with new boulders etc.  thanks for all the work done to keep  this geat trail open to all users.
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Re: Rubicon: new route done!
« Reply #9 on: Dec 08, 2002, 10:46:02 AM »
what does the hay do?
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Re: Rubicon: new route done!
« Reply #10 on: Dec 08, 2002, 11:08:55 AM »
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what does the hay do?



It holds the pine needles in place :dunno: :dunno: :dunno: :smack: :smack:
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Re: Rubicon: new route done!
« Reply #11 on: Dec 08, 2002, 11:09:37 AM »
It must be to appease the Forest Service :stopit:
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Re: Rubicon: new route done!
« Reply #12 on: Dec 08, 2002, 01:06:14 PM »
cool thanks
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Re: Rubicon: new route done!
« Reply #13 on: Dec 09, 2002, 02:03:33 AM »
I am pretty sure the oat hay helps establish a new layer of organic material (such as pine needles, grasses, etc) that gets removed from 4 wheelers.  This is the soft layer of material that blankets most of the forest.

And... it helps cover up the old route to keep 'less than informed' folks on the new trail.

take care...
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Re: Rubicon: new route done!
« Reply #14 on: Dec 09, 2002, 04:14:46 AM »
Just a sore point with me really.
I hear about noxious weeds etc. transplanting themselves by vehicle and how the forest should be kept as it was before man came and all that crap. Then they put oat hay in the high country. Right after that a giant wind storm nocks all the pine needles out of the trees.  :smack: It seems silly to me but I understand the things the government is required to do.
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Re: Rubicon: new route done!
« Reply #15 on: Dec 28, 2002, 11:24:15 AM »
:psss:well actually the straw serves as an erosion barrier.  when you ride along down the dusty trail, the natural grasses are , well pretty much dug up :unhappy:doesn't matter much when your on rock, but we spread alot of hay out this way.  even on our construction sites here we have to throw hay or some type of straw to control the erosion. in very steep areas we have to put down a turf matt,  beleive me it is a real pain,    :oops:and if theres a nearby stream,  break out the plastic ,chicken wire , and sand bags, for a mud break.  
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Re: Rubicon: new route done!
« Reply #16 on: Mar 19, 2003, 11:53:43 AM »
FWIW, that was rice straw, carefully prepared and purchased to avoid introducing nonindiginous flora. :p Sorry about the references above to 'hay,' sometimes it seems like a lotta work to toss in the rice straw explanation....

Straw serves multiple purposes:
* reduces erosion
* insulates seedlings as they grow
* secures even more plant matter to itself (starts a stack, if you will)
* creates a visual barrier for traffic

The Forest Service was out in force to help on this project, with their botanist as a principal advisor... I trust their expert opinions on revegetation. I'm sure we will be working with them soon to go over the work that we did and patch up any erosion issues -- probably with more rice straw or woven matts.

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Re: Rubicon: new route done!
« Reply #17 on: Jun 17, 2003, 08:08:35 AM »
Does it really matter that much!
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