Information: The Rubicon Trail is a delightful easy hike that
includes level walking, stunning views of Emerald Bay and Lake
Tahoe, and quiet forests along the way. It can be done as a long
(8 mile) round trip or, by shuttling a car, as a pleasant 4 mile
jaunt. In the spring, snow plants push their way through the duff
to add a splash of red to the constant blue, green and brown landscape.
To Start: Emerald Bay is located a few miles north of South
Lake Tahoe on Highway 89 and D.L. Bliss State Park just 4miles
beyond that. This trail can be started at either end, but by starting
at Emerald Bay, most of the 200 feet of vertical change is DOWN...which
we like! To hike one direction, shuttle a car to D. L Bliss State
Park (fee required) making sure to park in the lot closest to
the trail head as the walk back to the entrance station from the
trail is 2 miles of steady climbing. Then, return to the Vikingsholm
parking area at Emerald Bay.
Description: From the Vikingsholm parking lot, follow the
paved road down to the historic Vikingsholm "castle".
This is an interesting side attraction and worth a little time
in its own right.
Click here for a trail
map and profile.