Jeeping the Rubicon Trail – A 4X4 Adventure with Driving Tips

Aldo takes a break from singing and drives the Rubicon Trail, a tough off-road Jeeping trail in California. This trip was a training expedition in expert-level off-road driving techniques. You won’t see a rollover because the training taught how to avoid one. Enjoy the adventure and learn a few things about Jeep driving along the way.

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25 Responses to Jeeping the Rubicon Trail – A 4X4 Adventure with Driving Tips

  1. 420witchdoctor February 4, 2010 at 6:57 am #

    It’s not stock if it has diff locks.

  2. 420witchdoctor February 4, 2010 at 6:59 am #

    Good ground clearance and very low gearing? I think my 1972 VW Bus might make it 😀

  3. chrisman324 March 31, 2010 at 4:51 pm #

    How do you guys refuel while you’re out there?

    You said it was a four day trip, does that mean on the trip was spent entirely on the trail? Or did you head in town to fuel?

    It’s hard to believe a couple gas cans can quench a team of two jeeps for four days.

  4. SuspectD3vice April 24, 2010 at 8:43 am #

    Great video, great narration! What gps unit are you using?

  5. AVontheTube April 24, 2010 at 3:19 pm #

    @chrisman324 It is only 12 miles each way. We did not have to refuel.

  6. AVontheTube April 24, 2010 at 3:21 pm #

    @SuspectD3vice Thanks for the comments. I used a Garmin 60CSx. Great GPS unit!

  7. samiam2714 June 30, 2010 at 3:19 am #

    Really good video showing the parts of the trail seldom shown on video

  8. RCSCALECRAWLER July 23, 2010 at 4:13 pm #

    sick jeep!!!! great video too!!!

  9. RCSCALECRAWLER July 23, 2010 at 4:16 pm #

    How much money did you put into your jeep??? And what size lift????

  10. AVontheTube July 25, 2010 at 4:17 pm #

    @RCSCALECRAWLER The Jeep was a 1999 Wrangler TJ automatic rented from an outfitter. I don’t recall the amount of the lift.

  11. craig18547 August 21, 2010 at 5:54 pm #

    Great information nice video.

  12. pdlong123456789 August 22, 2010 at 4:10 pm #

    Very nice tutorial! Nice articulation, too… hard to tell on YouTube, but looked like you had disconnects – but they were connected. What’s your secret? (usually don’t post questions, but that’s what happens when you make a good “training” video) 😉

  13. JUDGExNOCTURNAL December 1, 2010 at 3:55 am #

    Very educational and nice driving by the way.

  14. devonjerome December 28, 2010 at 2:40 pm #

    @AVontheTube Is there ways around the harder obstacles on the trail?-

  15. AVontheTube December 29, 2010 at 2:05 am #

    @devonjerome I was guided by an outfitter, so I am not fully familiar with all the alternate routes. I do know we took easier routes around the extreme obstacles like Little Sluice. We made it all the way to Rubicon Springs and back with the modified Jeep Rubicon shown in the video.

  16. AlpineJoy January 13, 2011 at 9:47 am #

    What an interesting and talented person you are. I can’t imagine doing that myself, but hat’s off to you on such great driving and professional videography. Very impressive! Do you have to put constant maintenance into keeping the wheels, hubs & suspension repaired and in proper alignment? Thanks for the video!

  17. AVontheTube January 18, 2011 at 12:11 pm #

    @AlpineJoy Thanks for the comments. I was using a Jeep provided by the outfitter. Properly driven, a Jeep, or any other off-road vehicle, will sustain very little damage. It is improper driving technique, like driving too fast, or spinning wheels, or turning a wheel against a fixed object, that causes wheel, driveline and suspension damage. The outfitter told me that he has been driving the Rubicon for 20 years and has never damaged a vehicle component.

  18. jsrnf February 28, 2011 at 1:26 am #

    Very nice video, beautiful scenery !

  19. jeep98xtreme March 23, 2011 at 6:04 pm #

    A very good tip… always take someone who knows the trail.

  20. kenichols29 April 21, 2011 at 10:51 am #

    Not just jeeps drive on the rubicon.

  21. NorthMan0007 May 6, 2011 at 1:19 pm #

    I can’t wait next September to drive with Harold down and up the Rubicon Trail. That drive will be fantastic. I will celebrate my 40th anniversary this way! Thanks for sharing your trip.

  22. BrentwoodRedneck May 10, 2011 at 8:26 am #

    Y’all went UP Old Sluice Box?! Hell, I ain’t never been down it! I always take the slabs bypass. I need lockers and 35’s.

  23. BrentwoodRedneck May 10, 2011 at 8:31 am #

    @devonjerome Yeah, most of the time there are bypasses. Like when he went through Old Sluice Box, I was supprised that he didn’t take the Slabs bypass. My jeep ain’t built up enough to go through it yet.

  24. LolMSowner June 3, 2011 at 6:02 pm #

    i really like the way you explained all the details… and you said youve done some other trailing like this before …on which trails?? =)

  25. AVontheTube June 19, 2011 at 3:15 pm #

    @LolMSowner I have driven many of the trails in Moab, like Elephant Hill, Fins & Things, Gemini Bridges, Top of the World, Bartlett Overlook, Klondike Bluffs, Sevenmile Rim, etc. I also have done Broken Arrow and a few others in Sedona.