1) What should a tour guest bring along?
The following items are what we suggest you bring along:
- Your preferred picnic lunch as our tour has a planned lunch break.
- Have a flexible time commitment. This is just part of the experience because we are never 100% entirely sure when we will return.
- Hiking shoes. Where we’re going you will definitely need them.
- A large brimmed hat, and an SPF treated one is always a good idea.
- Wear comfortable outdoor clothing with layering in mind.
- If going along on an evening or sunset tour bring a light jacket.
- Your camera gear.
- For those of you who wear contact lenses we suggest bringing along your eyeglasses too as it is often dusty and windy out on the tour.
2) What does Rubicon Trail Jeep Tours provide for the guests?
- Bottled water and a quality ice chest with ice. You can put your picnic lunch and other foods you want chilled inside this cooler.
- A first aid kit. Though please keep in mind that we are not paramedics, emergency medical technicians, doctors, nurses, nor any other medically trained persons. In the event of medical emergency we do what every concerned citizen can do and that is call for professional help.
- Garbage sacks to carry out all the things we carried in.
3) Does the guest drive the Jeep?
These tours are guided trips with a highly skilled driver who knows the vehicle, the capability of the vehicle, is insured to drive the vehicle, and has the driving skills not to hurt anyone, nor damage the vehicle and the surrounding natural environments. Please keep in mind that our Jeeps are so highly customized that some of ours have over $100,000 invested into their customization and if you were to drive it and in the unfortunate event that you damaged it, you would be responsible for all recovery and repairs of it – just like if it was your own Jeep. Because not everyone want’s this type of liability, and because we don’t want anyone to get hurt, we suggest having the expert local driver do the driving.
4) Are animals allowed on tour?
On a case-by-case basis. Experience with pets visiting the wilderness has some heartbreaking stories. The new and exciting flora and fauna is a very exciting place for animals and the temptation to go explore is too great for most dogs and pets to control. A run-away pet that we would want to try and find is not something we can budget to get our guests back to town before we end up needing camping gear. This is a very sensitive issue and and we ask that you call us and discuss your pet situation before you bring your pets out on tour and into the wild.
5) Can we bring beer, wine, or other alcoholic beverages with us on tour?
The state of California disallows consumption of alcohol in or around a vehicle. Thank you for respecting this very sensitive issue.
6) Can you cater food for us on tour?
Maintaining, preparing, and serving perishable food has laws associated with such, and if you would like to hire a local caterer who has the permits to provide perishable food we would be happy to coordinate with them to be included on your tour.
7) I’ve heard about frequent Yeti sightings along the Rubicon Trail, is that fact or fiction?
Fact. Yeti sightings have been reported and documented in the Tahoe National Forest by the indigenous indians for millenium. The most often reported Yeti sightings occur along the Rubicon River and Spider Lake. Yeti loves vactioning along the Rubicon just as much as anybody else. Think about it, if you were a Yeti where would you hang out? In the event of a Yeti sighting make certain that you don’t move fast, do not approach it, step back slowly away from it while maintaining eye contact, and do not turn around and run from it.