Back to index Rubicon Peak Hike
Trip Date:  08/31/2013

: 4.6 Miles

Vertical Gain: 2300'

Group Size: 1

Hike Rating:  Easy   Moderate    Hard    Strenuous
Rubicon Peak Route
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Rubicon Peak Elevation Profile
Start Coordinates:   N 39 00.629, W 120 07.370     End Coordinates:   Same as Start Coordinates  
Car Shuttle Req'd:   No Parking Directions:   Take Highway 89 on the west side of Lake Tahoe to Scenic Drive.  Head up the drive and turn right at the T, which is a continuation of Scenic Drive.  Make the first left, then turn left on Woodland Drive.  Turn right on Manzanita Way, the road bends back around and then turn left on Lakeview.  Turn right on Forestview Drive, and then left on Highview Drive.  Turn right on Highland Drive and then park at the coordinates provided, making sure not to block the emergency access gate.
Hazards of Note:   None. Crowd Factor:   Minimal.  This is a use trail to the top of the mountain and not heavily used.
General Notes:
From the parking area on the side of the road, walk past the gate and head toward the obvious peak a couple of miles ahead.  Most of the trail is easy to follow, but for the most part simply climbs straight up toward the peak at a very steep angle.  When you near the peak, head to the right of the rock formation, and circle around from the north side to climb up to the very top from this direction.

Our group at the trailhead. Group at the trailhead
Our destination looming high above. Rubicon Peak
First views of Lake Tahoe from the climb. Lake Tahoe
About halfway up some nice views of Meeks Bay appeared. Meeks Bay
The climb to the peak was constant and steep. Steep climb
Once at the peak the views of Lake Tahoe were fantastic. View of Tahoe from the peak
Looking down from the peak at the challenging elevation. Looking down the north side
Many of the other cachers at the top. Our caching group at the top
Great views from the peak toward the Crystal Range, even with smoke in the air. Views toward Desolation
Crag Lake was inviting but about 1000 feet below us. Crag Lake
Had the peak to myself for about 30 minutes before the others arrived. Myself at the peak
Helping some of the others back down the rocks. Helping friends back down
Steep hiking elevation both directions. Steep hiking elevation all the way up and down
Group shot of most of the 12 who made it up and back. Most of the survivors
GPS Track of the full hike. GPS Track of Hike