|Little Sluice - before the County Supervisors had it destroyed.|
Little Sluice was destroyed by the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors.
|Heaven on Earth - destroyed by your government|
There has been a lot of discussion on various Internet forums regarding this issue, but as usual Pirate4x4.com's coverage is the most thorough, with all your leaders in the Land Use arena participating. The off-road community is so worked up about this because there are a lot of issues above and beyond the ridiculous demolition of the trail. For instance, why is a cash-strapped county in a cash-strapped state spending $16,000 per hour to hire a helicopter to dump all this filler rock? This money is being taken from the taxpaying public to destroy this public recreation area against the will of the public! Why does Supervisor Jack Sweeney think this is morally or financially okay? Maybe he ought to receive an email from you in which you share your thoughts?
|The cronies responsible for this debacle, from left to right:|
Jack Sweeney, Ron Briggs, Norma Santiago, Ray Nutting, John Knight
Mel Wade from Offroad Evolution made one last trip through Little Sluice on camera:
Here are some photos of what the sluice box looks like today after the first round of destruction, but keep in mind that the county's demolition crew still plans to come in with more dynamite and continue to try to make this the easiest 100 feet of the trail:
If you want to continue to enjoy the Rubicon Trail before your government cronies finish destroying it and/or closing it, consider supporting Friends of the Rubicon and the Rubicon Trail Foundation. They, along with organizations such as BlueRibbon Coalition, United Four Wheel Drive Associations, California Association of 4WD Clubs, and California Off Road Vehicle Association, are working hard every day on your behalf to keep this from happening:
|The Rubicon Trail of the future - if you allow the government to continue their ways|
I also encourage you to pick up a guidebook such as 4 Wheeler's Guide to the Rubicon Trail or Guide to Northern California Backroads & 4-Wheel Drive Trails so that you can be properly prepared and get to fully appreciate everything that the trail has to offer. The book Rubicon Springs and the Rubicon Trail: a history is a terrific coffee table book that I got to buy directly from the author at the 60th Jeepers Jamboree, and I highly recommend it!
***OCTOBER 18 UPDATE***
Here's a video that shows the difference all that filler rock has made: