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black Rubicon Peak

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Trail

3.6 mile 5.9 kilometer loop
Singletrack
Difficult

Elevation

Ascent: 2,087' 636 m
Descent: -2,085' -636 m
High: 9,019' 2,749 m
Low: 6,932' 2,113 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 22% (12°)
Max Grade: 45% (24°)

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Trail shared by Nick Wilder

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

Nick Wilder

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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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Sep 15, 2018
Sarah Dishman
Sep 2, 2018
Garrett Green
Aug 18, 2018
Jesus Bayo
Jul 19, 2018
Matthew Zabel
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

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  5.0 from 8 votes

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in Lake Tahoe

#350

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in Lake Tahoe

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in California

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