Rubicon Trail

MODERATE 283 reviews
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Rubicon Trail is a 8.3 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near South Lake Tahoe, California that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until September.

DISTANCE
8.3 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1141 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

birding

camping

fishing

fly fishing

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

rock climbing

sea kayaking

trail running

walking

whitewater kayaking

beach

forest

lake

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

no dogs

Two parks in a day - D.L. Bliss and Emerald Bay State Parks The Rubicon Trail along the southwest shore of Lake Tahoe is a gem! It's easily accessible and has some of the best views on Tahoe. It's absolutely a hike one can look forward to repeatedly. The Rubicon covers a lot of terrain. There are flats, undulating short elevation gains and drops, and twists along some stunning shoreline cliffs. The trail dips into secluded coves, and along easily accessible shorelines in Emerald Bay. At both the beginning of the trail and end are a campgrounds, also along the south shore of Emerald Bay, you can find active nesting area for Eagles. Tree coverage includes sugar pines in D.L. Bliss and overall coverage throughout the balance including ponderosa and Jeffrey pines, firs, incense cedar, and Sierra juniper. Along the streams grow alders, quaking aspen, mountain dogwood, service berry and bitter cherry, and black cottonwood. Wildflowers include columbine, leopard lily, lupine, bleeding heart, yellow monkey flower and nightshade. The bulk of the brush includes ceanothus, chinquapin, currant, gooseberry, huckleberry, and manzanita.

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1 day ago

Great up and down on lake

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7 days ago

Beautiful views, interesting paths. Very enjoyable

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10 days ago

This trail boasts beautiful views of Lake Tahoe and involves fairly easy walking. It took me a little over two hours from the Vikingsholm trailhead to D.L. Bliss.

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13 days ago

Went about 6a all the way to Eagles Point. Easy to find parking that early, caught a beautiful sunrise. Not much elevation compared to most hikes in the area. Great places to swim along the way. Catch a tour of Vikingsholm if you can, or take a kayak out to Fannette. Plus the view of lower Eagle falls.

13 days ago

Breathtaking views the entire hike. We took it starting at the Rubicon trailhead, stopped in Vikingsholm to take a tour and swim, and finally went to Eagle Point. Around 6 miles one way, and pretty tiring if you do go all the way to Eagle Point. We got there around 830 on a Sunday and there was still plenty of parking and the trail was empty, but it did get pretty crowded at mid-afternoon on the way back.

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15 days ago

Such beautiful views along the northern portion past the visitor's center. The woman working there gave us tips on rock formations and osprey sightings too! One hiker warned us of a bear near the trail to the old lighthouse.

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