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Lake Tahoe, CA: Rubicon Trail to Rubicon Point

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Distance: 10.6 miles


This 10.6-mile out-and-back links thick lodgepole pines, stunning overlooks, and jade-colored waters reflecting the high Sierra.
  • South Lake Tahoe
  • Vikingsholm Mansion
  • Hiking
  • Rubicon Trail
  • Rubicon Trail

Begin with a gradual descent to Emerald Bay and historic Vikingsholm Mansion. Just before the lake, veer northeast on the Rubicon Trail, and wander through thick coniferous forests, sprinkled with house-size granite boulders. Peak-a-boo views of South Lake Tahoe provide stunning photo opportunities while spring-fed creeks cascade violently to the lake below. Grab a snack at Rubicon Point, one of the best views of Lake Tahoe, before making a U-turn and returning on the Lighthouse and Rubicon Trail. Note: If hiking off-season, use this variation.

-Mapped by Kari Bodnarchuk

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