When visitors hike to Rubicon Point, they'll find the highest elevation lighthouse in North America. The amazing viewpoint also overlooks Emerald Bay, Fannette Island, and the deepest point of Lake Tahoe.
The Rubicon Trail is located in D.L. Bliss State Park in South Lake Tahoe on the California side. This is an out-and-back moderate trail totaling nine miles, 4.5 each way. It's a pretty popular trail, so expect some company.
The entire Rubicon Trail is 16.4 miles long, stretching from one end of the park to the other. Make sure that you're starting at the stretch in the north part of the park that leads to the old lighthouse and Rubicon Point. Check out a map here.
When you take the Lighthouse Trail, which meets up with the Rubicon Trail, you'll come to a spot with a wooden structure that looks like an old shack. Don't miss it- this is the highest elevation lighthouse in North America!
This trail features great views of the lake. You'll be able to look out over Emerald Bay, see Fannette Island, and won't be too far from the historic Vikingsholm Estate. Keep an eye out for wildlife too. Visitors have reported seeing chipmunks, blue jays, and some have even seen black bears!
The trail is considered "moderate," sommake sure to come prepared with water, snacks, sunscreen, and the right shoes to climb over rocks. Also, allow yourself plenty of time in the daylight to complete it.
To read more about D.L. Bliss State Park and see a map click here.