Loon Lake Horse Trail

The 24th most popular equestrian trail in California.

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West of South Tahoe, the Loon Lake South Shore Trail (aka Rubicon Hiking Trail) is a 6 mile horseback riding route. This is a very scenic and very remote lake. The trail is shared by hikers, bikers and horseback riders.

Also known as the Rubicon Hiking Trail, 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 Horse Trail is the 24th most popular horse trail of all 81 horseback rides in California. Several of the better horse trails are nearby Loon Lake Horse Trail including Tahoe Rim Horse Trail, Sand Ridge Lake Trail, Emigrant Trail, Red Peak Trail, Fleming Meadow Trail and Dru Barner Equestrian CampgroundBurlington Ridge Trail Complex.

Loon Lake Horse Trail Horseback Riding Map



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

Best Season:  Jun. - Oct.

Average Difficulty:  Moderate

Base Camp:  NFS Loon Lake Equestrian Campground

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

GPS:  38.97923, -120.31914

Date Published:  1/6/2016

Date Updated:  8/4/2016

ID:  14982

Loon Lake Horse Trail Horseback Riding Map


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