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Can I take my trailer on the Rubicon Trail?

Many people visit the Rubicon Trail each year from all over the country and even the world.  When you’re traveling that far you often are planning on staying on the trail for 3 days to a week, and need a bit more gear than someone coming for the night or a couple days.

Can you tow a trailer through the Rubicon Trail? Yes, yes you can!

This picture is from the “Gate Keeper” in 2005 when it was MUCH more difficult than it is today.


This blue jeep and mild off-road trailer had no problem getting through the gatekeeper, and the rest of the trail would prove no more difficult thanks to bypasses available.

This is the Little Sluice before it was made much much easier too.  However, unlike the gatekeeper you can easily bypass the little sluice with a trailer.


If you plan on towing a trailer through the Rubicon there are a couple things you should keep in mind.

  • Utilize a Pintle Hitch setup for your trailer.  This allows a greater degree of articulation, and won’t bind causing more difficult passage.
  • Ground clearance.  Your trailer should have at-least 31″ tires, and the trailer axle ideally should be configured so that it won’t get hungup.  This means no low hanging shock mounts.
  • Strong leaf spring mounts so that you can slide over rocks without ripping the springs off the trailer.


About Todd Williams

Todd enjoys getting away from the city and enjoying the outdoors with his family. He is currently building a Jeep CJ5/m38a1 and daily drives his 94 YJ and F250.