Hike the Lighthouse Trail at D.L. Bliss State Park

Rubicon Trail, D.L. Bliss State Park

This is an Easy, scenic hike with incredible views of Lake Tahoe and the Sierra Nevada Mountains.

The Lighthouse Trail is a 2.3 mile loop located in D.L. Bliss State Park on the lower west side of world famous Lake Tahoe. To get the trail, enter the park through the main entrance ($10 parking fee), the  follow the road until you see two parking areas of the left side with about 6 or 7 spots each. Park there, and you will see the trailhead directly across from you on the other side of the road. This trail is really only accessible  in the summer and early fall months because of the snowfall in the winter and fall. I highly recommend hiking this trail after sunrise or before sunset for awesome photos of the mountains, tall pine tree, blooming flowers and of course the giant, world famous Lake Tahoe. Near the middle of the hike you will see the Rubicon Point Lighthouse (pictured above). This lighthouse was built in 1916, but is not in use today. If you wanna take a quick swim in the lake before continuing on your hike, I recommend walking down the trail to Calawee Cove.  

Pack List

  • Camera 
  • Water/Snacks
  • Hiking Boots (optional)
  • Swimsuit (optional)
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RT Distance 2.3 Miles
Elevation Gain 505 Feet
Activities Chillin, Photography, Running, Hiking, Fitness
Skill Level Beginner
Season Spring, Summer
Trail Type Loop
Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Swimming Hole


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A great trail to see beautiful Lake Tahoe.

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