Rubicon Trail

MODERATE 306 reviews
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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.

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Great views

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

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

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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!

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