Rubicon Trail

#1 of 2 trails in D. L. Bliss State Park
Rubicon Trail is a 8.3 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Tahoma, CA that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from March until September.

8.3 miles 866 feet Out & Back
kid friendly birding hiking nature trips trail running walking beach forest lake views wild flowers wildlife rocky
Hide Map

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.

Melanie Nelson
2 days ago

2 Completed2 Reviews

This was mine and my husband's first hike, ever. It was physically demanding at times but completely doable and rewarding with spectacular views of Emerald Bay and Lake Tahoe. We parked right by the trailhead to avoid walking an additional 1-2 miles from the first parking lot. We were so happy we did too. Definitely recommend this trail!

John K.
8 days ago

Beautiful mostly easy hike with great views of Emerald Bay and Lake Tahoe in general. We started from the Viking House parking lot about 1 mile down to the trail. Returning to the parking lot is about 1,130 elevation gain in one mile. Highly recommend.

Jason Torres
9 days ago

1 Completed1 Reviews

Will stern
11 days ago

4 Completed4 Reviews

Kelly Farnham
1 month ago

1 Completed1 Reviews


Hilary Willard
6 months ago

131 Completed8 Reviews

Christine S.
8 months ago

BEAUTIFUL!! the entire trail is spectacular views, started out at Calawee Cove and ended up Vikingsholm where I had lunch, watches the kayakers and paddle boarders from the beach. it is 4.6 miles from cove to castle, went in mid September, probably ran into 15-20 people the way there and back, so not too crowded. It was hot when I got back, and there is great beach access at the cove for a quick dip in the lake to cool off. can't wait to do this hike again, all the way to Eagle Falls next time.

Dennis and Mary Kirk
8 months ago

1 Completed1 Reviews

Great trail but the length is misleading. If you start at Dl Bluss State Park add at least 1 1/2 to 2 miles each way to get to trailhead from parking lot. I mile each way if you start at the other end. We used the bus parked at one end and took a bus back to our car. Still 8 miles plus to hike one way.

sherry chappell
8 months ago

5 Completed3 Reviews

Beautiful views of the lake. We started at the vikingsholm entrance. Easy hiking down from there and along trail. Hard part was hiking back out of vikingsholm after hiking 6 miles. It was also more crowded but views made it worth it.

Hilary Willard
9 months ago

131 Completed8 Reviews

Jessa Shivo
9 months ago

6 Completed6 Reviews

My favorite hike, it is so beautiful.

Michelle I.
9 months ago

Awesome hike. Started in the Lighthouse trail and then merged to the Rubicon. Took it just shy of the entrance to Emerald Cove. Would love to do it again and finish it.

Carin Chumbley
10 months ago

25 Completed29 Reviews

We hiked from DL Bliss to Vikingsholm and back. Such a beautiful hike, amazing views of the lake the entire way. I would rate it as easy, fairly flat with just a few gentle slopes. We spent most of the day doing it because we ate our lunches in Emerald Bay and toured Vikingsholm. I highly recommend it!

Crystal Ramirez
10 months ago

14 Completed15 Reviews

If you want to experience Lake Tahoe in a different way, this is a great hike. Beautiful views that can only be seen on this hike or by boat. Cant wait until we can go with our family

Grace Isaacson
10 months ago

80 Completed24 Reviews

Christopher Ireland
10 months ago

9 Completed8 Reviews

Extraordinary hike that winds down to the water and back up around the rim. You should pack a lunch, stop to swim and give it a full day to enjoy. Parking is awful during the high tourist seasons so plan accordingly.

Katrina Kimber
11 months ago

3 Completed3 Reviews

I hike this at least once a year! Great hike to bring new people. So pretty and very easy. Make sure you hike ALL the way to the top of Eagle Falls for lunch, not just to Vikingsholm.

Connie Bowland
11 months ago

1 Completed1 Reviews

Such beautiful views of the lake! Take polarized sunglasses !

Kerry Golub
11 months ago

2 Completed1 Reviews

Amazing views! I've hiked it twice and I recommend it to everyone. I agree it's a moderate hike. An even amount of up and down, shade and sun, and some rock climbing.

Darrell Bosacki
11 months ago

13 Completed4 Reviews

Spectacular views!