Rubicon Trail

MODERATE 190 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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12 hours ago

One of my favorites trails ,perfect for family trips. The trail is along the lake,there are beautiful spots to stop for lunch. And at the end you get a private cove.

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2 days ago

Great hike! Very easy, just a little long.

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6 days ago

Get there early if you want to park! We intended to park two cars (one at DL Bliss and one at Vikingsholm) so that we only had to hike one way but ended up doing an out and back from the DL Bliss Visitor Station. Nevertheless, it was an awesome day and the hike was a good challenge and manageable. We rented kayaks at Vikingsholm to explore the island in Emerald Bay. Views were gorgeous, water was stunning, highly recommended. Pack lunch or lots of snacks.

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13 days ago

This is a beautiful trail. We parked ($10) at the southern end, above Vikingsholm, and walked the steep decline down before getting on the Rubicon trail. It's very well maintained, and the views are breathtaking. We'd gotten a later start than we'd hoped, so we were only able to walk halfway in before turning around, but this is a trail we'll definitely come back to.

hiking
14 days ago

Gorgeous trail! We saw a bear and two cubs. Another hiker got a great pic which she shared with me. Thank you Justine from Chicago!

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