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Best trails in D. L. Bliss State Park

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Explore the most popular trails in D. L. Bliss State Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.
Description

D.L. Bliss State Park is a park with great views of Lake Tahoe. You can use the Day Use Annual pass at the park. The park is closed during the winter. Dogs are not permitted on the trails or beaches in the Vikingsholm Area.

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Map of trails in D. L. Bliss State Park
Park information
Acreage:
744 acres
Park hours
Monday
dawn - dusk
Tuesday
dawn - dusk
Wednesday
dawn - dusk
Thursday
dawn - dusk
Friday
dawn - dusk
Saturday
dawn - dusk
Sunday
dawn - dusk
Contact
530-525-9529
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Top trails (3)
#1 - Rubicon Trail
D. L. Bliss State Park
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Length: 16.4 mi • Est. 8 h 10 m
D.L. Bliss State Park is CLOSED to vehicular traffic for the winter (approximately mid-October). When the park gate is closed, pedestrians may park at the Visitor's Center near highway 89 and access the park from sunrise-sunset. It is an approximately 1 mile hike from the Vistor's Center to the closest Rubicon Trailhead, and a steep 2 mile hike to the beaches. All park regulations apply during the off-season. No restrooms or water available. SUMMER: $10 fee per vehicle is due for entering the park 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. Show more
#2 - D.L. Bliss State Park to Emerald Bay State Park via Rubicon Trail
D. L. Bliss State Park
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Length: 7.3 mi • Est. 3 h 38 m
To prevent the spread of COVID-19 there is currently no vehicle access to this trail or others in the park. See here for more info: https://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=30355Show more
#3 - Rubicon Pointß Lighthouse Trail
D. L. Bliss State Park
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Length: 2.2 mi • Est. 1 h 12 m
Note: Parking Fee: $10Show more