D.L. Bliss State Park to Emerald Bay State Park via Rubicon Trail

MODERATE 24 reviews
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D.L. Bliss State Park to Emerald Bay State Park via Rubicon Trail is a 7.3 mile out and back trail located near Tahoma, California that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, trail running, and birding and is best used from June until September.

DISTANCE
7.3 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1158 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

birding

hiking

trail running

forest

lake

views

no dogs

2 days ago

Tough trail but the views are worth it. And you can find spots to get in the water.

I was there last week. Stunning at every turn. Moderate-light or Easy + is what i rate it. Found great place for lunch at waters edge just before the boat-only campground. Look for the steps leading to the water.

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1 month ago

stunning views. easy access and well marked. elevation gains were gradual.

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9 months ago

Steep walking at times. Not recommended for anyone without physical stamina. Lots of people had to stop and rest and catch their breath going back to the top to finish. Emerald Bay itself is beautiful and picturesque. Lots and lots of people. Good luck finding a parking spot.

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10 months ago

10 months ago

Saturday, June 04, 2016

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Friday, August 28, 2015

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Monday, August 03, 2015

The trail itself is great with nice views of Tahoe. The down side is the crowds on the trail and the difficult parking situation. If you don't get there early, there is no parking space. No dogs. Go on this trail out of season. The Cal Park Law Enforcement Rangers are not friendly or helpful and we encountered a lady ranger who was abusive when we misunderstood instructions. We were threatened with fines and kicked out of the park. Same ranger threatened a church group with expulsion at Sugar Pine Park when a bear took out a car window during the night.

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Sunday, April 19, 2015

We started on the DL Bliss side and hiked around to the boat ramp in Emerald Bay. Stunning views, well maintained trail and overall very enjoyable.

Monday, April 13, 2015