Hiking The Loon Lake South Shore Trail

The 65th most popular hiking trail in California.

  Tahoe, California, US

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  July 15, 2016

West of South Tahoe, the Loon Lake South Shore Trail is a 6 mile hiking route. Also known as the Rubicon Hiking Trail, this is a very scenic and very remote lake. The trail is shared with bikers and horseback riders.

The Loon Lake Wilderness Trailhead is located at the Loon Lake Campground off of Ice House Road. This trail follows the south shore of the lake for the first four miles with panoramic views of Loon Lake and the surrounding mountains. The trail then climbs over a small saddle and drops into Rockbound Valley. Beautiful views of Buck Island Lake, Rockbound Reservoir, Rockbound Valley and the peaks of Desolation Wilderness are visible from the trail as it drops into the Rubicon River Drainage. The Desolation Wilderness boundary is about 6.2 miles from the trailhead and a wilderness permit is required beyond that point.

Overall, Loon Lake South Shore Trail is the 65th most popular hiking trail of all 88 hikes in California. Several of the better hiking trails are nearby Loon Lake South Shore Trail including Ellis Peak / Ellis Lake, Mount Lola Trail and Sand Ridge Lake Trail.


Local Contacts:  Eldorado National Forest (530) 644-2349; California Tourism (916) 444-4429

Best Season:  Jun. - Oct.

Average Difficulty:  Moderate

Base Camp:  NFS Loon Lake Campground

Reference Source:  click here http://www.fs.usda.gov/eldorado/

GPS:  38.97923, -120.31914

Date Published:  12/31/2015

Date Updated:  7/15/2016

ID:  17127


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