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Rubicon Peak

 5.0 (8)

Length


3.6 Miles 5.9 Kilometers


2,087' 636 m

Ascent

-2,085' -636 m

Descent

22%

Avg Grade (12°)

45%

Max Grade (24°)

9,019' 2,749 m

High

6,932' 2,113 m

Low

Shared By Nick Wilder

Conditions


All Clear 47 days ago
Some Mud History

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A semi-secret trail leading to a rocky peak with stunning views.

Nick Wilder

Dogs Unknown

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Family Friendly This route is short enough for most kids, with really fun rock scrambling on top.

Overview

This trail doesn't seem to make many guidebooks, and it's not to be confused with the lakeside Rubicon Trail, but this gem is a great way to beat the crowds to an amazing summit overlooking the lake.

Need to Know

You're starting in a residential neighborhood. Be considerate of parking.

Description

After wiggling your way through the neighborhood and finding a parking spot at the end of the Highview Drive, continue on a dirt road for a couple hundred feet until this trail becomes singletrack. Pleasant, easy hiking in a dense forest leads to a bit of a saddle point, where you get nice views to the south and bits of the lake.

Soon after, the trail gets rockier, and you emerge from the trees. The trail gets hard to find as you enter a large area of talus. There are many cairns, but they seem to be all over the place. Find your path of least resistance and keep chugging along straight up to the summit. Do some fun scrambling up to the final rocky outcrop and enjoy huge views of all of Lake Tahoe.

Once you've taken it all in, carefully make your way back through the talus slope to return to your car.

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Jun 23, 2018
Rachel Skay
Follow the rock stacks as you get towards the top.
Jun 16, 2018
M Duelli
Jun 10, 2018
Dalton Touchberry
Pretty challenging hike, though it’s not very long. Lots of snow pack remaining on upper part of trail - crampons and ice axe recommended.
Jun 2, 2018
James Zhang
Lots of snow at the peak 3.6mi
Oct 6, 2017
Carsten Barylski
Aug 17, 2017
Chris Kernaghan
Longest short climb I've done. Definitely worth it. Trekking poles helped on the way up and the descent. Not for kids under 10. 3.6mi
Aug 5, 2017
Lichao Liu
1.3mi
Jul 13, 2017
Jason West

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  5.0 from 8 votes

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in Lake Tahoe

#253

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in Lake Tahoe

#47

in California

#253

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