Robinson Flat is a large and very busy
Crew and spectator access by vehicle is
allowed here, and consequently there is a lot going on. You can expect to be
questioned by crews and public about the status of specific runners, and in
general, you won't have that information to dispense to them! This can be
frustrating both for them and the operators, and good public relations skills
are a big help.
Robinson Flat (7,000' elevation) is accessed
by following Foresthill Rd from Auburn, about 1-1/2 hours drive past
Foresthill. The pavement ends at Robinson Flat. An unpaved road continues
northeast along the divide, known as Baker Ranch-Soda Springs Road. Tevis
riders arrive at Robinson via this road. Runners arrive via the trail out of
There is a campground at Robinson Flat with
water and chemical toilet facilities. Many of the checkpoint staff go up on
Friday and stay the night. A camping permit is required and can be obtained
from the USFS Ranger Station in Foresthill.
For the Ride, Robinson Flat is a mandatory 1hr Vet Stop,
and all of the Vet Check and Out Timer activities are located in the equestrian
campground, approximately 100yds from the In-Timer and Radio Operators. The
communications crew here really needs several people, and if unlicensed
personnel are involved, we recommend using FRS radios.
Robinson Flat is also the location where a portable UHF
repeater is used. The communications team is responsible for pickup,
transportation, setup, takedown, and return of this repeater.
Robinson Flat requires Dual-Band Handheld
along with VHF and UHF mobile capability with a Good Mobile, Base Station or
Yagi Antenna. Must have Battery or Generator power only. A portable WiFi
Network is setup to transmit Runner/Rider information to NCS.
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