Rubicon Peak Trail

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Rubicon Peak Trail is a 3.5 mile lightly 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 and walking and is best used from May until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
3.5 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
2007 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dog friendly

hiking

walking

forest

lake

views

wildlife

rocky

scramble

hiking
17 days ago

I had last climbed this peak in 1975. It was like seeing an old friend again. I admit that I was in much better shape back then so I did not remember this hike as being so steep. It was a tough climb but the view was awesome and the summit pinnacle is a fun class 3 climb.

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1 month ago

Great hike, fantastic views.

1 month ago

The end view is worth it, but the snow makes it challenging the last 1/3 because you're just trying not to slip/fall. It was much easier to go down than I thought. if you embrace the "controlled fall" and "ski" (in my shoes) or sled (on my butt) down the snow parts - it's really fun/fast.

Recommend bringing gloves and waterproof pants for the snow part. Did it in trail runners, but would have been much better in water proof hiking boots and long socks.

hiking
2 months ago

Difficult trail , it took me almost 2 hours climb up. I tried to find the best -easy way to climb the rocks to the peak , but there isnt an easy way , use what ever works best for you.
The hike is mostly in the woods , no special views , but once you reach the top - you are rewarded with a magnificent view of lake Tahoe and the mountains and lakes around !!! it sure is worth the climb !!!

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2 months ago

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2 months ago

Amazing, strenuous, but amazing! Progressively increase in the grade so be prepared.

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2 months ago

2 months ago

Hard hike but incredible views.

hiking
3 months ago

This trail was definitely a lot harder that expected. Pretty mellow for the first part but about half way up it gets really steep. the 360 view at the top as well as the sister peaks are incredible.

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3 months ago

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3 months ago

This hike is not for anyone looking for an easy or laid back hike. The trail isn't marked well but using my app made it a lot easier. Once you get right under the mountain it's essentially a rock climb up a giant hill for about 30 mins depending on your pace. Hydrate because coming back down it is really easy to trip and slide and takes about an hour because it's so steep. This past winter made the trail pretty rough and a few trees actually fell over and crashed about 10 feet from where I was standing. The view at the top is unbelievable and absolutely worth every step. Just don't pretend it's going to be an easy climb. Lots of water and food for the top!