One of our favorite hikes in the Lake Tahoe area is the Rubicon Trail. You’ll find the entry to it in D. L. Bliss State Park on Highway 89, about 15 miles north of South Lake Tahoe. Park in the lot and get ready for a breathtaking hike. The trail hugs the hills above the lake, winding along the coast and affording spectacular views. We almost missed out on our last trip because the day threatened rain.
Kayakers on the shore encouraged us to go ahead with our plans and chance the weather.
So we headed up the hill and ended up hiking about six miles on the trail to Emerald Bay and back. Here are some of the sights along the way.
Picnic at Emerald Bay
We stopped for a picnic lunch under the pines and spied the paddlewheeler churning along. You can see the ski runs of the famed Heavenly resort on the mountains. A few brave souls were swimming in wetsuits. The water is cold in the spring!
Hiking Back, Beating the Rain
Several hours later, we returned to our car, full of fresh air and invigorated. Just then, the raindrops started. A few minutes later buckets of water poured down. We just made it!
How about you? Have you taken a risk on an activity that turned out to be memorable?
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