Rubicon Trail Easement and Resource Improvement Project

Photo of vehicles on the Rubicon Trail.

Status:

As the Responsible Official, Forest Supervisor Kathryn Hardy signed a Record of Decision (ROD) on April 19, 2012 approving the Rubicon Trail Easement and Resource Improvement Project.

The selected alternative (Modified Alternative 3) includes issuing an easement to El Dorado County for the Rubicon Trail, where it crosses National Forest System lands within the Eldorado National Forest, which will allow the County to conduct maintenance and ensure County responsibility for actions within the easement. In addition, Modified Alternative 3 authorizes El Dorado County to build a bridge at Ellis Creek and replace the FOTR bridge, authorizes El Dorado County to install erosion control features along the Rubicon Trail, close and rehabilitate 2.23 miles of unauthorized routes, add .43 miles of unauthorized routes, and designate 11 areas for motor vehicle access.

Project Coordinator:

Laura Hierholzer
100 Forni Road
Placerville, CA 95667
lhierholzer@fs.fed.us
530-642-5187

Project Description:

The Eldorado National Forest has issued an environmental impact statement (EIS) for an easement to El Dorado County for a right-of-way for the Rubicon Trail, where it crosses National Forest System lands within the Eldorado National Forest, which will allow the County to conduct ongoing maintenance within the right-of-way and ensure County responsibility for actions within the easement.

The EIS will allow the Forest Service to issue other authorizations to El Dorado County as necessary for the following actions; the construction of a new bridge at Ellis Creek, replacement of the FOTR bridge, construction and installation of vault toilets, construction of erosion control features as described in the Rubicon Trail Saturated Soil Water Quality Protection Plan (El Dorado County Department of Transportation, December 14, 2010) from Little Sluice to the County line, rehabilitate and close specified unauthorized routes, and install a vault toilet.

The EIS analyzed the construction of a new bridge at Buck Island Reservoir Outlet, the designation of parking areas and the addition of unauthorized routes in proximity to the Rubicon Trail to the National Forest Transportation System (NFTS) to provide permanent access to important dispersed recreation areas.

Project Location:

Rubicon Trail, north of Loon Lake.

Project Documents

All environmental documents are placed on the project page in the Schedule of Proposed Actions website. Additional project information will be included on the Eldorado National Forest website as needed. (Note: Due to large file size the Project Documents are also included here.)

Public Meetings Archive

  • January 11, 2012: Open House - Draft Phase - Wednesday, 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm, Supervisor's Office, 100 Forni Road, Placerville, CA 95667
  • December 7, 2012: Open House - Draft Phase - Wednesday, 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm, Supervisor's Office, 100 Forni Road, Placerville, CA 95667
  • September 28, 2011: Open House - Scoping Phase - Wednesday, 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm, Supervisor's Office, 100 Forni Road, Placerville, CA 95667