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

MODERATE 26 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

hiking
14 days ago

Great hike! We came her on Labor Day Weekend on the Sunday to park @ DL Bliss Park. After reading all of these reviews, I was afraid I wouldn't be able to find parking...we arrived @ DL Bliss around 9am, and there was actually plenty of parking!! The hike itself is as what everybody has been saying...very scenic, you are hiking on the side of emerald bay the whole way so theres always water to see! Lots of shade as well. No dogs were allowed, and we did see at least 1 ranger so be careful! When you reach Emerald Bay, be sure to rent a kayak ($25/hr for one person kayak) and sail to the tea house island! Don't forget to grab a popsicle at the Visitors Center as well! We loved the hike, it was about a 8 mile hike altogether but I wouldn't say its a moderate hike..I'd say in between easy-moderate, as there are still inlines you have to do.

hiking
15 days ago

1 month 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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2 months ago

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

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10 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.

hiking
11 months ago

Monday, September 19, 2016

Saturday, June 04, 2016

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Friday, August 28, 2015

hiking
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.