Rubicon Trail Out and Back
ElevationAscent: 1,215' 370 m
Descent: -1,214' -370 m
High: 6,624' 2,019 m
Low: 6,240' 1,902 m
GradeAvg Grade: 4% (2°)
Max Grade: 19% (11°)
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“A stunning trail clinging along the edge of Lake Tahoe's cliffs and secluded coves.”— Nick Wilder
Most people turn around after 1 or 2 miles, but the beauty continues. The trail will dip down to lake level, and occasionally head into the forest (off the lake), but the scenery remains gorgeous all the way to Emerald Bay. You'll look out at Fanette Island, the only island in Lake Tahoe, where there are ruins of a teahouse that was a plaything for the children of the owners of Vikingsholm.
Vikingsholm is the next logical turnaround point (or run up to the road if doing this one-way), though the trail continues on to the campground on the far side of the bay. This section of trail is also nice, but mostly used by campers making their way to Vikingsholm.
Land Manager: California State Parks