Jeep® Jamboree on the Rubicon Trail

The all-new 2011 Jeep® Wrangler Rubicon was specifically designed and tested to conquer its namesake, the Rubicon Trail. This 22-mile long route near Lake Tahoe, California is one of the roughest and most scenic four-wheel drive roads in North America. Sections of the trail are extremely rough, with difficult obstacles, steep ledges, and large boulders to test even the most skilled off-roader. It’s rated “10” on the 1-10 scale of off-road trails. In the spirit of the Rubicon Trail, the Wrangler Rubicon is one of the most capable off-road vehicles in production.


Don’t worry if you don’t have any serious off-road experience but want to try the Rubicon Trail – Jeep Jamboree USA offers a guided trip on August 11-14 to experience this remarkable route through the high Sierra Nevada Mountains of California. This off-road classic was first held in August, 1953. The two-day trip from Georgetown to Lake Tahoe consisted of 55 Jeep vehicles and 155 participants. Known officially as “Jeep Jamboree 1,” it has become Jeep Jamboree’s premier event. From Jeep Jamboree USA: “Originally a Native American footpath, the Rubicon Trail was used by explorers in search of a clear path across the Sierra Nevadas. Today, Jeep [4×4] owners travel from all over to test their prowess on the most grueling 22 miles of off-road driving in America. Trail guides expertly spot you over legendary obstacles like “Big Sluice” and “Cadillac Hill” for an unforgettable experience. At each day’s end, fabulous outdoor cooking awaits.”



Due to the difficulty of the trail, this Jamboree is one of the few that requires certain modifications be made to your vehicle before heading out. The minimum requirements for all vehicles are: Tow hooks, skid plating, rock rails, and at least 31-inch tires. Luckily, these modifications are standard equipment on the Jeep Wrangler Rubicon model. If you plan on bringing one of our other rugged Jeep 4×4 models, you’ll need to make sure you’ve made the necessary modifications so that you can participate in the event.


The Rubicon Trail wanders through one of the most pristine areas of California’s Sierra Nevada Mountains. In order to keep the impact on the environment to a minimum, several organizations, including the Rubicon Trail Foundation and Friends of the Rubicon, are dedicated to preserving both the trail and the surrounding environment through trail maintenance, driver education, and public awareness campaigns. Thanks to their efforts, the trail continues to be open; however, it is important for all drivers to do their part to observe the Leave No Trace and Tread Lightly ethics in order to preserve off-highway vehicle use on the Rubicon.



This flagship Jeep Jamboree is not one you’ll want to miss! Haven’t made your reservations yet? No worries, because there’s still time to sign up for the Rubicon Jamboree. Go to to reserve your spot before the event is sold out!


Have you ever driven the Rubicon Trail or been to the Rubicon Jeep Jamboree? Share your experience with us!


4 Responses to “Jeep® Jamboree on the Rubicon Trail”

  1. My fiance and I took my 97 TJ to the jamboree this year and had a great time!!! We saw a LOT of carnage!! dont bring your jeep if its your first time wheeling or if you dont like damages!!!!!

  2. There HAS to be a higher resolution of that 2nd picture somewhere. . . must….have. Phenomenal shot, would make the perfect background.

  3. Ed Ramos

    It is a fun trail to traverse. There are ” go arounds” to many of the tougher obsticals and the spotters do an excellent job. I personally have crossed the Rubicon about 10 times…the first two in a 70 Toyota Land Cruiser and the last 8 in a 72 CJ -5. I can say one thing… you definately feel like you have accomplished something when you finish the trail….you come out near Tahoma, Lake Tahoe.  You will be beaten and worn from the endless rock hopping and intense concentration of trying to keep your Jeep scratch and dent free….but gosh it was fun. I am my mid 50’s now and I’m not sure I want to get beat up for a day and a half anymore but I do recommend this trail for those who want a challenge and a great time. By the way… for the freelancers…you can complete the trail in one day on a non event weekend.


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