Rubicon Trail

MODERATE 311 reviews
#1 of 3 trails in

Rubicon Trail is a 12 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
12.0 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1328 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.

8 days ago

hiking
13 days ago

hiking
17 days ago

hiking
20 days ago

We hiked this today and it was beautiful! Cool on the trail so dress in layers. Not too many people but enough to make it fun! The only bummer is you have to park at the top of the park and hike down to the trail head. Not bad when you are heading out but an uphill trek at the end.

hiking
21 days ago

hiking
1 month ago

Great views

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

The gorgeous views that are the destination of many hikes are with you the entire time!

1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

2 months ago

Did the whole trail today and loved it! Perfect weather and amazing views! Tahoe my ❤️

hiking
2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

2 months ago

2 months ago

It was amazing views of Lake Tahoe the entire hike! I was constantly stopping to admire nature and was completely enthralled with the experience! I would do it again!

hiking
2 months ago