364: Rubicon Trail Is Closed

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The iconic Rubicon Trail is colosed. After what has been deemed an illegal closer done by El Dorado County Parks and Rec. The Board of Supervisors has retroactively approved the closer due to their granted power because of the county’s State of Emergency. Now making the Rubicon Trail is closed for the next 60 to 120 days. If you want to help prevent this from happening here are the names, emails, and phone numbers of El Dorado County’s Board of Supervisors

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  • Michael

    I sent this letter to each supervisor, feel free to copy and do the same. Let me know if something doesn’t I said isn’t accurate.

    Dear Mr. (Enter Supervisors name),

    I would like to express my disappointment in the recent closure of the Rubicon Trail. The criteria per the standing easement have not been satisfied to justify such a broad and lengthy closure of the trail. This decision to approve closure of the trail is biased toward the users of the trail, mainly jeeps and 4-wheel drive vehicles, while other forms of recreation such as snowmobiling, cross-country skiing, etc. are still allowed in the surrounding national forest. The trail has not closed for this length of time in the past due to snowstorms, and clearly excessive snow is not causing flooding in the 5 specified areas of the trail as specified in the easement. I believe this decision to approve closure is taking advantage of the state’s declared state of emergency. Without the state of emergency declaration, the board of supervisors would not have the power to approve closure. On the behalf of all users of the trail, we would appreciate a speedy reversal of this decision and reopen the trail to all.


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