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Rubicon Point Light Lighthouse Trail

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D. L. Bliss State Park

Rubicon Point Light Lighthouse Trail is a 2.2 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Tahoma, California that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and nature trips and is best used from May until September.

Distance: 2.2 miles Elevation Gain: 465 feet Route Type: Loop

kid friendly


nature trips




no dogs

Note: Parking Fee: $10

5 days ago

Beautiful trail, took us an hour and fifteen minutes to complete, lots of shade and gorgeous views we got there at 8am and paid the $10 to park right at the trail head.

highy recommend this trail, it took us an hour and fifteen minutes and offered beautiful views

6 days ago

Gorgeous once you’re on the trail. Park is busy so you have to get there before 10 to get a parking spot. If no parking, walk 1.2 miles from top to trailhead.

19 days ago

Fantastic trail in mint condition. we used two vehicles and did a one way 10 mile at the head of the rubicon trail in the state park and ending at the edward campsite.

3 months ago

easy to follow and well marked! heading down to the beach is definitely a must before starting the hike the beach is now one of my favorites. fun facts about the lighthouse and the view is filled with lots of blues and greens

Great coverage with partial sun making it slow on the way out. Left the trail head at 8:20 and was back in Tahoma by 1:30 met 10 people

8 months ago

The lighthouse looks like an outhouse but the trail is great. Easy walking, great view of the lake. Easy to follow if you start at Rubicon trail and walk to the lighthouse trail intersection. Lighthouse is not at the top of the ridge as one may expect, it is partway down from the top.

9 months ago

This is a great hike! Views are top notch and so is the trail itself.

9 months ago

Great, short, super scenic hike! As described. Fun with kids as it has a few short challenging uphills and the novelty of the ancient lighthouse and bears! Beautiful lake views! Parking is a little tricky and costs $10.

10 months ago

Fun, short hike. The history of the light house is cool (its the highest elevation lighthouse in the world) and the views of the lake are awesome. You can continue on further onto the Rubicon if you choose. D.L. Bliss is a great place to visit on the lake with lots to do. Parking can be scarce (small lots) so get there early or in the afternoon. I was camping in the campgrounds which was super convenient with a couple days of stuff to do.

10 months ago

I found this to be a beautiful hike to lighthouse. I also hiked part of the Rubicon trail which was well worth it. The views are spectacular. I parked at the entrance and walked the paved road to the trail which is about a mile, it is also a good hike for the kiddies.

10 months ago

Gorgeous views the whole time! Looks to be family friendly. Will definitely plan to come back!

11 months ago

My kindergartener and 2nd grader powered through without much problem. The views of Tahoe alone are worth this hike. The scenery and footing changes a few times so you will not be bored. Someone in an earlier review likened the lighthouse to and outhouse and I agree! The history is pretty cool though and the idea of someone doing all that work to include doing huge granite steps that far off a main road a century ago is pretty amazing.

Incredible views of the lake! The cove trail is awesome and worth it to go put your feet in the water. Easy to follow trail system and the AllTrails map is perfect!

11 months ago

Fun, quick trail to small hidden lighthouse. Spectacular lake views. Somewhat strenuous.

Sun Jun 16 2019

Beautiful hike! It was neat to see the lighthouse and read about it. The views on this hike were incredible! I would definitely recommend doing! It was a pretty easy trail. We also so a couple families and the kids seemed to be enjoying themselves. =]

Tue Jun 11 2019

awesome trail, great views and swimming spots

Mon Jun 03 2019

Amazing! Great view to lake and mountain as you go. The beach at the end is like a hidden gem! The lighthouse is tiny which we almost missed it. The trail actually starts inside of the camp site so that’s a little confusing but overall easy to follow.

Such a gorgeous hike along the lake! There was no snow on the trail and it was in the 60’s. Will definitely be back to do the full Rubicon trail next time.

Sat Apr 27 2019

Lots of snow on the trail, so it made it hard to follow the trail. Views were amazing though!

Tue Nov 27 2018

Cute little lighthouse, really pretty hike with great lake views.

Sat Oct 20 2018

Great views and fun to check out the old lighthouse - tho it looks more like an outhouse :D

Fri Oct 05 2018

Beautiful trail, well maintained!!!! The views are breathtaking! Would definitely do this one again....

Wed Sep 26 2018

the views are spectacular! a nice gradual up and down trail along the lake up on the hillside. we never tire of this view. we did it in the morning Sept 8 to 9ish in the morning with the sun warming our hike to take the chill off.

Wed Sep 19 2018

best to drop 1 car at viking Holm, and drive another car to bliss state park, lester beach and start from there. then you only go one way. or have some one pick you up by boat.

Sat Sep 01 2018

Great day... yeah, baby, yeah...!!

Thu Aug 30 2018

Great hike if you are prepared. We however were not and turned back not long in. The part we saw was amazing - huge pine cones

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