Rubicon Trail

South Lake Tahoe, CA
Length: 5.00 mi.
Type: Point-to-point

About This Trail

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The Rubicon hiking trail connects two of the most beautiful state parks in the area: D.L. Bliss and Emerald Bay. The trail is 5 miles one-way from the end of Lester Beach Rd in D.L. Bliss to Emerald Bay State Park beach and for that reason, it is my recommendation to start at D.L. Bliss and end at Emerald Bay so you can enjoy a swim, a popsicle at the visitor’s center, and relax on the beach when you are done. This trail skirts above the shoreline with amazing views of the clear blue water along the way.

Submitted by Joe Linehan

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Trail Features

Seasons Fall and Summer
Surface type Dirt
Elevation gain -300 ft.
Stroller friendly No
ADA accessible No
Water fountains No
Bathrooms No
Cell reception Spotty
Pet friendly No
Nearby convenience store No
Camping Nearby Yes
Emergency support
within 5 miles

Trail highlights

Beach, Camping Nearby, Lake, Picnic Area, Viewpoint, Visitor Center, and Waterfall

There are a few sections where the trail hugs cliff lines but includes rails for your safety. Nonetheless, you will want to keep your kiddos close on these sections. Take a detour on the Lighthouse If you do not want to shuttle cars, you can always hike up to the highway once at Emerald Bay and take the Emerald Bay Trolley back to D.L. Bliss.

Fee & Parking Details

Fee : $10.00

Trail starts in D.L. Bliss at back of Calawee Cove lot. Get there early!

Trail Contributor

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Hike it Baby Trail Guide is managed by the Family Trail Guide team. If a trail has been “abandoned” by the initial owner, it gets adopted by the team. Also, if there are no trails in the area, the Family Trail Guide team researches trails that are family friendly in the area to insure that hikes cover all areas where Hike it Baby hikes.


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Getting There

Directions from South Lake Tahoe: Take Highway 89 north 10 miles to D.L. Bliss State Park. There is a fee for day use parking.