Rubicon Trail is a 8.3 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near South Lake Tahoe, California that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until September.
Two parks in a day - D.L. Bliss and Emerald Bay State Parks The Rubicon Trail along the southwest shore of Lake Tahoe is a gem! It's easily accessible and has some of the best views on Tahoe. It's absolutely a hike one can look forward to repeatedly. The Rubicon covers a lot of terrain. There are flats, undulating short elevation gains and drops, and twists along some stunning shoreline cliffs. The trail dips into secluded coves, and along easily accessible shorelines in Emerald Bay. At both the beginning of the trail and end are a campgrounds, also along the south shore of Emerald Bay, you can find active nesting area for Eagles. Tree coverage includes sugar pines in D.L. Bliss and overall coverage throughout the balance including ponderosa and Jeffrey pines, firs, incense cedar, and Sierra juniper. Along the streams grow alders, quaking aspen, mountain dogwood, service berry and bitter cherry, and black cottonwood. Wildflowers include columbine, leopard lily, lupine, bleeding heart, yellow monkey flower and nightshade. The bulk of the brush includes ceanothus, chinquapin, currant, gooseberry, huckleberry, and manzanita.
Beautiful trail! My favorite in Tahoe, Great way to hike and take a dip in the water.
This trail was amazing. Wonderful views.
Did you go in November for hiking? How was it?
Really pretty with views of the lake most of the time and it takes you to some very unique coves.
Loved this hike! Beautiful views, lunch on the lake and Vikingsholm were just a few of our activities. We did it late autumn and the weather was warm and only a couple other people were out and about. The hike was fairly easy tho' the distance got a bit long and we were ready to get back and watch the Cubbies win the series!
My bride and I conquered this one today. It was honestly very easy as the only challenge is the distance but it's a gorgeous view from step one to the very last one. We started at Bliss state park and ended at vikingsholm and had lunch there; recommended. There are bathrooms on both ends which my wife raves about :)
A good portion of the trail is shaded and the climb is very forgiving.
Highly, highly recommend!
We've done several different trails while in South Lake Tahoe. This one is the Best.
Steep down and up...otherwise flat trail around Emerald Bay. Beautiful views.