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