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Lake Tahoe, CA: Rubicon Trail to Rubicon Point

This 10.6-mile out-and-back links thick lodgepole pines, stunning overlooks, and jade-colored waters reflecting the high Sierra.

Trip Tools

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

To Trailhead

From South Lake Tahoe, take CA 89 towards Emerald Point. Park in Vikingsholm pull-off on right.

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