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

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D. L. Bliss State Park

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

Distance: 7.3 miles Elevation Gain: 1,020 feet Route Type: Out & Back

hiking

bird watching

running

forest

lake

views

no dogs

By far one of the best trails I’ve ever gotten to take part in. Started off at about 7am and it quickly got exciting. Came across about a 500 lb black bear walking towards us on the trail. We of course took off the other way towards our vehicles sad that our hike was cut short. Thankfully another set hikers decided to keep going and showed us how to get the bear to pass without problem. After making it past the bear everything went great! Best views in America and looking forward to coming back.

hiking
10 days ago

Good views of the lake, and stimulating topographical features.

hiking
13 days ago

On this trail you often feel like you are over the water. Amazing mountain vistas, and the lake is a giant, sparkling sapphire.

hiking
1 month ago

Great hike! Gorgeous views pretty much the whole way. There are several places where you can stop and jump off rocks into the lake or there are little beaches you can chill at. Take a whole day to walk all the way to Vikingsholm and back!

hiking
3 months ago

Great views. Very secluded in the winter. Quite icy/hard snowpack - quite glad I had my spikes with me when we did this hike last weekend. Would have been interesting without them!

hiking
7 months ago

Terrific hike! Such beautiful views of the lake from this trail. We were so engrossed in the magnificent views, we ended up hiking all the way to Lower Eagle Falls which turned out to be more like 11 miles by the time we got back to our car at D.L. Bliss. The trail is well maintained. I think the elevation change was about 400 feet, so not too bad.

hiking
7 months ago

never a bad view of lake Tahoe. walking through old sugar pine trees is a sight to be appreciated. lots of people. I'd recommend day use parking at SP then a Luce bit of a walk

Absolutely surreal hike! My husband and I started the hike immediately after arriving at Lake Tahoe due to all the hype and it lived up to all expectations. We accidentally extended the hike by 1-2 miles due to missing the turn onto the actual trail, but it was a happy accident - some of the prettiest views along the trail came from this unplanned extension. Highly recommend!!

hiking
8 months ago

nicest trail of all in the Reno Tahoe area..views are outstanding..trail is well maintained..

Fairly easy. Beautiful hike, great views of the lake.

hiking
9 months ago

Great trail. challenging enough to get a workout and able to complete. As always trails around and near the lake are fun and feel good with plenty of beautiful views.

hiking
9 months ago

Beautiful hike. We parked one car at Emerald Bay and then drove to D.L. Bliss and started the hike there. The views of the lake are spectacular. We ended at Vikingsholm and then collected our cars - about 4 miles on the trail and another one up the steep hill to the parking lot.

This is a must hike ! This was a great hike with views of Lake Tahoe. There was a nice mix of ups and downs in each direction. There was a lot of shade which was nice on return back. Arrive early to get parking at DL Bliss. We hiked to Vikingsholm and had a picnic. On the way back we stopped at one of the beautiful swimming coves. . It is well traveled but we saw very few people when we started at 0900. The trail was never congested but there were more people by mid afternoon. There are no bathrooms on the trail until you get to Vikingsholm. Bring plenty of water. There is also kayaking and rentals at Vikingsholm.

hiking
9 months ago

Picture perfect!

hiking
rocky
10 months ago

So we did the hike backwards, starting from emerald bay/ Vikingsholm parking lot and hiking to Lester beach in D.L. Bliss State Park. This hike is literally like walking through a Lake Tahoe postcard. You get every aspect of Tahoe in this hike; shoreline, deep forest, cliffs high above the water, sun, and shade. It wasn't very buggy so we didn't even use bug spray, no bites! The hike itself was not that hard, just get there between 8 and 9 just so you can secure a parking spot.

hiking
10 months ago

The most beautiful trail in Lake Tahoe.

hiking
10 months ago

Easy trail with amazing views of the lake!

10 months ago

Great hike pretty easy but beautiful. we had perfect hiking weather. it was pretty slow,getting to trail because so many people were near the,lake.

One of the best hikes in Tahoe because of the amazing views of the lake. We parking on the highway and walked the road to a little spur trail that connected to the main trail. The D.L. Bliss state park parking was full. Get there early if you want to park in the park. We did not. No dogs on trails or beaches in the park.

Trail has really nice views. A bout a sixth of the trail is on a paved road. Kind of a bummer. However the walk was worth it

hiking
Mon May 13 2019

A few things to note on this trail: You will want to take pictures of the same thing at all times because if there is a heaven it looks like this. If you start at DL Bliss the road past the first lot is closed and its about 1.2 miles to get to any trail at all. The map on the gate is terrible and not realistic at all..they really should just remove it and say 'keep going right' lol You start on the 'Lighthouse' trail, just keep going on it and make rights..it is confusing and not marked at all. The entire trail to Emerald Bay feels, and probably is, longer than any map says it is. There are a lot of ups and downs. Tye trail from Emerald Bay to DL Bliss is uphill 85+% of the way..with some stairs.

hiking
Sun May 12 2019

I have done this trail a few times. It is beautiful and almost all along the lake. Lots of great places to take pictures. Not to much incline or decline. Can get hot in the summer. Bring lots of water.

Mon Dec 03 2018

Great trail. Ran this November 10th at sunrise

walking
Sun Nov 18 2018

One of the most beautiful trails in Tahoe area.. Easy with beautiful scenery along the lake— the lighthouse trail side good for short/time constraint hikes

hiking
Wed Aug 15 2018

Beautiful bay views. Steady up and down so not difficult. Arriving on Emerald bay area, several spots for a swim on the lakeside. Worthy !

hiking
Mon Jul 30 2018

Park down by the campground to avoid walking on the road... great views. Bring your suit for little beach swim.

Sun Jul 29 2018

Excellent trail with lots of varied scenery ending at a great little uncrowded beach

hiking
Thu Jul 26 2018

One of my favorite hikes!

Sat Jul 14 2018

This trail is excellent.. We are not expert hikers neither do we hike often but it very doable. It starts off with a climb up so don’t take off at great speed pace yourself.. My husband has a bad knee but was able to do the whole hike., he did wear a strap. The views are wonderful. It was a Friday morning we started off at 10.30am got to Emerald bay for lunch walked up to Eagle Falls just behind the beach and we returned back to DLBliss at 5.30 pm after a short stop to dip our feet in the lake. I would highly recommend this hike....it is arduous and probably longer than I anticipated when we set out but so worth it. A great day.

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