Rubicon Peak Trail is a 3.5 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Tahoma, California that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, running, nature trips, and downhill skiing and is best used from May until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Length3.5 miElevation gain2,007 ftRoute typeOut & back
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Masahiro Uehara
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HikingIcySnow

Very challenging trail. View from the top of the rock is amazing! Be careful strong wind. After 2nd half, snow was still deep.

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Christa Seyler
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HikingIcySnow

I started at 9am hiking up to summit, got to the top around 11am. The first mile or so is half snow, half dirt trail, moderate steepness with lots of vista areas. Once you reach the part where the trail really widens out, the rest of the way to summit will start to become very steep. Closer to summit, you cannot walk straight on uphill but will have to walk sideways. I would recommend wearing crampons if you intend to summit. I wore mountaineering boots for the first half which was overkill (regular hiking boots, it would be fine), but they definitely came in handy along with my crampons for the second half. The snow condition this morning was icy/packed for the entire trail, with very thick ice toward summit, requiring you to kick in or stomp to gain traction with crampons. By the time I started descending, the snow became very wet and sloshy half way down the peak, and I was postholing quite a bit . Go as early as you can! Even if you go the first mile and don’t do the whole trail, the views are worth going for. If you do make it to summit, you’re in for a visual treat!

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Kevin 312
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HikingSnow

One of the best views I’ve seen around Tahoe. A must do! Did not use snowshoes. The photos on AllTrails are severely under representing the beauty from the summit.

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Megan Delehanty
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SnowshoeingSnow

What views! I only saw 4 people all day. Snow pretty much all the way to the top, where it was steep and challenging on snowshoes. Next time I’ll bring my skis. The descent in snowshoes was uncomfortable because most of the lower half is a traverse, so it’s sideways and awkward. I carried a heavy pack with camera gear and was rewarded with the moon just above the peak! The roundtrip to the top was 4.7 miles, not 3.5, and I stayed on the same trail up and back most of the way. The snow was soft at the top section for skiing. I posted photos in my activity if you want to view.

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Pavel Tomek
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HikingGreat!Off trailSnow

There are absolutely stunning 360 deg views of Lake Tahoe and Desolation Wilderness from the top. It's steep, but well worth the effort. There is still a lot of snow (fully covered from start to the top). Snowshoes are recommended, but it is feasible to climb it with micro-spikes if you follow someone else's steps.

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Shalom Rottman-Yang
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John M
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Denise Powell
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SkiingGreat!
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John M
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David Hill
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Bob Smith
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Claire Dixon
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Hiking

I really loved this hike! It was very steep and a great working going uphill. I went in mid-October and the weather was cool and perfect. Beautiful view. I will return.

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Nick Brown
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Craig Shaver
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Jim Bulsiewicz
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HikingGreat!

Fun and challenging trail.

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roger watson
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HikingGreat!
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Craig Shaver
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Craig Shaver
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Craig Shaver
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Alexander B
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Hiking

Great hike! Challenging climb but the views at the peak are spectacular.

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Miles Krebs-Moberg
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HikingGreat!RockyScramble

Undeniably one of the best hikes at Lake Tahoe for a steep climb. Beautiful panoramic views, diverse foliage, and not crowded on weekdays. Would highly recommend

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