Rubicon Trail

MODERATE 248 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

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

Nice trail to hike if you are staying at Emerald Bay state park or D. L. Bliss state parks as both parks have access. Trail is comfortable to hike with views of the bay or Lake Tahoe along most of the way. Expect some company as area is very popular.

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hiking
9 days ago

My 13 yr old son and I parked inside DL Bliss State park, right past the pay entrance, in a small parking lot, on the left. Right across from our spot was entrance to Rubicon Trail. Left was to the lighthouse trail (north), right was to emerald Bay (south). We did the southern trail and walked along the shoreline for 1.5 hrs out and 1.5 hrs back. Ended up being about 6 miles round trip. We did stop and take pictures, climbed down to the water a few times. We made it to Parson's rock past Emerald Point and then had to turn around because we had a rafting reservation. The trail is dirt, rocks, easy to walk on. Mostly shaded. The most beautiful, scenic views of the Lake. I probably took 50 amazing photographs. There are a few subtle hills, but not strenuous. This would be a great trail to run on.

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15 days ago

Lighthouse trail is tough but scenic. Not much to see in the middle of this trail though. Great overlooks of the beach on the Bliss side! Took our 8-year-old and did fine.

hiking
15 days ago

trail running
16 days ago

Spectacular views! You'll want to stop every 100 feet to take a photo! The path is shaded and soft (for most of the trail). I ran from D.L. Bliss park to Vikingsholm -- 1.5 hours round trip.

hiking
16 days ago

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16 days ago

This was a beautiful hike that most all skill levels can complete. I saw people from 7 to 70 on the trail. There are some granite steps and ups and downs so be prepared for some minor elevation changes. Very scenic as you hike along the shore of Lake Tahoe. We started at the DL Bliss State Park parking lot at Rubicon Point and hiked toward Vikingsholm. At a leisurely pace with time for a few pictures it took us 2.5 hrs. both ways for a total of 5 hrs. We packed a lunch and took an hour break at Vikingsholm to enjoy the scenery. Great hike! The only issue is parking. We arrived at 8:45 on a Saturday morning and the parking was almost full. Plan on getting there early or you will have to park much further adding to the distance of this hike.

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