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Lake Tahoe, CA: DL Bliss State Park to Rubicon Point

This moderate 4.3-mile lollipop-loop leads to a stunning overlook above the emerald blues of Lake Tahoe. Don’t miss: The wooden lighthouse perched on a granite ledge above the lake.

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From parking lot, hike 0.9 miles on paved roads into DL Bliss State Park. Turn left onto the Rubicon Trail. The next mile passes overlooks, hillsides littered with boulders, and traces a steep, exposed rim above the south end of Lake Tahoe. Break at Rubicon Point, a stunning overlook above the second deepest lake in the United States (more than 1,600 feet deep). This geological icon isn’t a lake, but more a giant fracture in the Earth’s crust that, over the eons, has been filled with snowmelt and rain.
Take photos–lots of them.
Head back to the parking lot on the Lighthouse Trail, passing a cliffside lighthouse (and one of the highest placed lighthouse’s in the world).  At the trails end, turn left, and retrace the road back to the upper lot.
Season alert: This trailhead can be accessed in any season when other nearby trailheads are closed in winter.

Hiking during the summer season? Try out this longer route, which starts from Emerald Bay.
Mapped by Kari Bodnarchuk

To Trailhead

From South Lake Tahoe, take CA 89 toward Emerald Bay State Park. Turn right onto Lester Beach Rd. and park in upper lot immediately to the left.

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