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RTF Property update!
« on: Jun 04, 2015, 03:33:52 PM »

Rubicon Trail Foundation Property Update

Telephone: 1-888-678-2426
Rubicon Trail Foundation Property Update

The Rubicon Trail Foundation would like to take this chance to update all of our supporters about accessing the RTF parcel of land adjacent to the Rubicon Trail.
In 2010, Rubicon Trail users were looking at potential Trail closure and the loss of significant Trail recreational opportunities as a result of the Clean-up and Abatement Order issued by the Regional Water Quality Control Board. In an effort to prevent this from occurring, RTF acquired property adjacent to the Trail. Owning property on the Trail has been a priority since RTF was created in 2004 because it would give Trail users a sense of ownership, provide additional camping opportunities, and give RTF legal standing should someone challenge access or use of the Trail. RTF’s desire to provide additional camping opportunities became ever more important after the Regional Water Quality Control Board’s Order and the subsequent actions taken by the United States Forest Service closed many favorite camping sites along the Trail.
The property RTF acquired did not have recorded access rights to the Trail, but an adjacent private property owner did. After several years of negotiation with this adjacent private property owner to record RTF’s rights, RTF has been unable to reach agreement on the terms of access to the Trail, and as a result, RTF deeply regrets that RTF is left with no other choice than to exercise RTF’s prescriptive easement rights across that privately-owned property. When RTF originally purchased the property, conversations among the parties involved, including the late Mark Smith, led RTF to believe that recording access rights would not be a significant issue. However, as time went on, and the unfortunate passing of Mark Smith, it has become clear that the parties have reached an impasse.
Over the next several weeks we will be making improvements and repairs that are critical to the route’s safety and sustainability. We will be working with FOTR and other volunteers to accomplish these improvements as quickly as possible. The route must remain closed until the work is completed. We ask that you please respect the signage and stay off the route when the gate is closed. If you would like to volunteer please sign up for a work party through FOTR, or email for the schedule. It is our intent to open the route to the public as soon as work is finished and start laying out additional routes and camp sites. The directors of RTF will be acting as volunteer caretakers for this season. We ask that you please be respectful and as helpful as possible. We will be seeking individual(s) volunteers for the caretaker position for next season. If you are interested in being a volunteer caretaker, please submit a letter of interest to .
This decision was not taken lightly by the Rubicon Trail Foundation Board of Directors, but we felt it had to be done. By opening this property to the public, RTF will be fulfilling an important goal made in 2004, and will be giving everyone from all walks of life an opportunity to experience new recreational opportunities along the Trail. RTF will continue to work closely with El Dorado County, Placer County, Friends of the Rubicon, and OHMVR in the management of the Rubicon Trail.

The Rubicon Trail Foundation (RTF) was formed in 2004. We are a 501(c)3 non-profit corporation dedicated to the future health of the Rubicon Trail and our mission is to enhance the future health and use of the Rubicon Trail, while ensuring responsible motorized year-round trail access. FOTR (Friends of the Rubicon) and RTF works with individuals, 4x4 clubs, organizations, and agencies to maintain and manage the trail. Our Officers and Directors represent a wide variety of Rubicon Trail OHV users, land owners, county representatives, manufacturers, and event organizers.

If you would like to help with our efforts, you may send your tax deductible donations to:
Rubicon Trail Foundation PO Box 2188 Placerville, CA 95667. Paypal donations or major credit cards by calling 888-6rubicon or by signing up for a Friends of the Rubicon work party at: Rubicon Trail Foundation

More information is available at Rubicon Trail Foundation To schedule an interview with a representative of the Rubicon Trail Foundation, please e-mail
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