Marlin Crawler Round-Up [MCR19], Rubicon Sept 16-18, 2022

Marlin Crawler

Supporting Vendor
Feb 8, 2004
Fresno CA
Welcome to yet-again our 19th Marlin Crawler Round Up!
Sept 16-18, 2022 - Rubicon Springs, California
The continuation of MCR19, which did not happen in 2020 due to Covid-19,
and the continuation of MCR19, which did not happen in 2021 due to Forest Fire!

Online Registration Now Open -- Click here to view!

El Dorado County - Rubicon Trail Info
El Dorado County - Trail Brochure
El Dorado County - Detailed Trail Map
Alternate Detailed Trail Map by Randy Burleson
Rubicon Trail Ethics and Tread Lightly Principles

Welcome to the Marlin Crawler Round-Up

The Marlin Crawler Round-Up has become one of the largest Toyota-based 4WD events in the world. Held every fall on the world-famous Rubicon Trail, the Round-Up has developed into the premiere trail-ride sponsor for the Rubicon Trail, with more than 200 vehicles and 300 people participating each year.

Unique Customer Appreciation Experience

This event was first held in the fall of 2001 as a way for Marlin to thank his customers for their support and trust in his products. It was a simple, free event & included a BBQ lunch. After 2003, our appreciation was expanded to include trail repair and future health efforts of the Rubicon Trail. The event has seen tremendous growth ever since!

Each year participants from the Marlin Crawler Community take on the grueling 17-mile Rubicon Trail on an epic journey to the beautiful and historic Springs Campground. Part of the uniqueness and excitement of the event is how members from our large online community forum come together for the first time, putting faces to usernames and getting to see Build Projects in person. The event has attracted forum members from as far away as Florida & Hawaii, as well as international members from Canada, Japan, Denmark, Germany, and Australia! But the event isn’t only for Marlin Crawler forum members and Toyota owners! Rigs of all bolt sizes are always on hand and are sure to turn heads! If your rig is Rubicon-capable, then please register today! We’d love to wheel the ‘Con with ya!

Come join the fun!

This September we will be celebrating our 19th year of giving back to the Rock Crawling community. Whether you enter the trail from Loon Lake or from Tahoe Lake, get ready for an event to remember!
• 2.5-mile Nature Hike with Marlin himself
• Awards Ceremony
• Mechanics Repair Station
• Horseshoe Tournament
• Frisbee Golf Tournament
• R/C Rock Crawl Competition

We are planning a delicious Tri-tip dinner, Award Ceremony, a Rubicon Trail benefiting Raffle, and a multi-item Grand Prize Marlin Crawler Raffle. All proceeds from this event will be donated to the Rubicon Trail. To date, $140,682 has been raised and donated by this event for the Rubicon Trail!

Come join the fun at this year's Marlin Crawler Round-Up!


Event Schedule

Friday 9/16:
1p – 5p Registration booth open at Springs Campground (come pick-up your registration packet!)
1p – 5p Raffle Ticket sales

Saturday 9/17:
The Main Event!
10a – 5p Registration booth open (come pick-up your registration packet!)
10a – 7p Raffle Ticket sales
10a Frisbee Golf Tournament
12p Horseshoe Tournament
1p 2.5 mile Nature Hike with Marlin (starts from Registration Booth)
2p R/C Rock Crawl Competition
5p Dinner Starts
7p Raffle Starts
9p Event is officially over! Enjoy the bonfire, music, and socializing with fellow gear heads just as crazy as you!

Pro Tip: Saturday Night Exit Strategy:
Many choose to leave and night-wheel to either Buck Island or the top of Cadillac to set-up camp for the night. This makes for a FAR more relaxing and enjoyable Sunday exit. Even if you are not in a hurry Sunday morning, it is fun to get ahead and wave rigs farewell as they pass through. If you take this night-wheel'n suggestion, plan ahead to be sober at the end of the event before getting into your truck. Night-wheeling is a lot of fun but also challenging, especially through two of the harder parts of the Rubicon (Cadillac Hill or Big Sluice). Please be well prepared and extra patient. Don't risk an unnecessary late-night injury to yourself, your truck, or the trail because you were tired and it was dark. Remember, you chose to night-wheel so respect and enjoy the extra challenges! In our opinion this is a highly fun way to add memories to the event and we strongly recommend caravaning for safety, support, and spotting.

Sunday 9/18:
5a Early birds get out relaxed with ease and with time to grab a rewarding lunch in Tahoe or Placerville.
8a It's a traffic jam!
10a If you are still in the springs at this time then we recommend waiting until after noon to leave. Just relax, make a nice lunch, walk your campsite for any left behind trash, and enjoy the quiet & beautiful nature around you
Have a safe time exiting the trail and driving back home!

Sunday Exit Strategy:
As mentioned above, because the Springs Campground is situated between two of the more difficult sections of all Rubicon, Cadillac Hill to the north and The Big Sluice to the south, traffic backs-up quickly. To make matters worse, there are multiple narrow sections such that if one truck breaks down then no one is moving until it's fixed. If this is your first time attending a Rubicon event of this magnitude then take note: The raffle will end after dark and the bonfire will still be kindling warm long after midnight. If you have a long drive to get home Sunday night then we implore you to be back on the trail before 6am. Be responsible with your time: Partying until 2am with your alarm clock set for 5am is a recipe for disaster.

Official Run CB Channel: CH 10

Marlin Crawler does NOT support any type of Trail Abuse or any kind of Ignorance to our Natural Resources and Public Roads. We advise ALL attendees to please print out and follow the Rubicon Trail Ethics and Tread Lightly Principles. Respect the land that we have and those who care for and work hard to keep our Public Land open to the Public! Any violations of the Trail Ethics and Tread Lightly Principles may result in serious and possible legal repercussions.

Thank you for Treading Lightly at every Marlin Crawler Round Up!


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Marlin Crawler

Supporting Vendor
Feb 8, 2004
Fresno CA
Official list of on-time Registrants! (updated 5/11)

NameState Vehicle year Vehicle model
1.Daniel BCA1991Hilux 4Runner
2.Ryan ACA1991Hilux Pickup
3.Robb MCA2010Jeep JK
4.Brent CCA1987Hilux 4Runner
5.Chris BCA1987Hilux Pickup
6.Douglas GOR1996Tacoma
7.Ryan BCA1989Buggy/Truggy
8.Shannon CCA1987Buggy/Truggy
9.Ralph CNV1996Land Cruiser, 80-series
10.Gilbert WNV1983Hilux Pickup
11.Tony GOR1991Hilux Pickup
12.Daniel SNV2001Jeep TJ
13.Shane KOR2003Tacoma
14.William HCA1984Hilux Pickup
15.Kenneth LCA1987Hilux 4Runner
16.Ben JCA1986Hilux 4Runner
17.Dannette HCA1984Hilux 4Runner
18.Patrick CNV1970Hilux Pickup
19.Peter WCA1993Buggy/Truggy
20.Jamie KAB1985Hilux Pickup
21.Chris BCA2001Tacoma
22.Robert FCA2020UTV
23.Jeff NCA1984Hilux 4Runner
24.Troy SCA1989Hilux 4Runner
25.Casey HUT1990Hilux Pickup
26.Tyler JWY1982Hilux Pickup
27.Cierra NCA1986Hilux 4Runner
28.Dave CCA2015Buggy/Truggy
29.Adam NCA1983Buggy/Truggy
30.Jacob BCA1987Hilux Pickup
31.Joshua DCA1991Hilux Pickup
32.Kathy DSD1970FJ Cruiser
33.Adam SCA1982Hilux Pickup
34.Bruce SOR1992Hilux Pickup
35.Derrick YCA1997Land Cruiser, 80-series
36.Robert LCA1984Hilux Pickup
37.William LCA1983Jeep CJ
38.Tony TCAHilux Pickup
39.Butch HCA1990Jeep YJ
40.Louie ECA1991Hilux 4Runner
41.Mick ONV 1992Hilux Pickup
42.Tony HCA1997Hilux 4Runner
43.Dack RUT1993Hilux 4Runner
44.Troy SCA1986Hilux Pickup
45.Bryce ACA1994Hilux 4Runner
46.Ken POR1976Jeep CJ
47.Scott ANV1986Hilux Pickup
48.Chris MCA1991Hilux 4Runner
49.Kelly BCA2015Buggy/Truggy
50.John LCAHilux 4Runner
51.Sal BCA1991Hilux 4Runner
52.Your name!

Official Vehicle break-down (not including MC staff):

Hilux Pickup:17
Hilux Trekker:--
Hilux 4Runner:13
Prado 4Runner:--
FJ Cruiser:1
Land Cruiser, 40-series: --
Land Cruiser, 60-series:--
Land Cruiser, 80-series:2
Toyota Stout:--
Suzuki Samurai:--
Jeep CJ:2
Jeep YJ:1
Jeep TJ:1
Jeep JK:1

Marlin Crawler

Supporting Vendor
Feb 8, 2004
Fresno CA
Misc. Round Up videos!

MCR18 Video Review (2019)

MCR17 Video Review (2018)
featuring historical commentary from Steve Morris and Marlin Czajkowski​

MCR16 Video Review (2017)

MCR16 Video Log from The Gear Shop (2017)

MCR16 TacoBox Run (2017)

MCR16 Video from CRAZYNOTME (2017)

MCR16 Video from Jon Foster (2017)


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