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Rubicon Trail Hike in Spring

Emerald Bay Beach

The Rubicon Trail that begins near Emerald Bay in South Lake Tahoe, CA offers views of Emerald Bay, and later Lake Tahoe, during almost the entire trail. The trail is very easy, as it is mostly flat. This makes it perfect for little ones who want to come along. During our trek in April, the snow was almost all melted. You can choose how far you hike along the Rubicon Trail, but to the end of Emerald Bay it is about 2 miles. Pack a lunch and start mid-morning. At the end of the hike, you arrive back at Emerald Bay beach (it is not a round-trip hike), and you can enjoy your lunch while relaxing at the beach!

Here is where we started our hike, near the historic Vikingsholm Castle at Emerald Bay:

We started the day by enjoying views from Emerald Bay beach, near the 38-room Vikingsholm castle built in 1929.

Emerald Bay Dock

We then started for the end of Emerald Bay via the Rubicon Trail.

About half-way to the end of Emerald Bay, you will pass the Boat-in Campground.


For our Rubicon Trail hiking adventure, we used the following gear.

Toddler Backpack Carrier

Osprey Poco AG Plus

Osprey Poco Plus Backpack

We use our Osprey Poco AG Plus toddler carrier anywhere we go outdoors. We let her have fun until she is tired, and then this handy backpack takes over! Definitely recommend it to anyone with small children exploring the outdoors.


In Spring in Tahoe, it is still quite chilly. We prefer hiking in our Lowa winter hiking boots just in case we come across some snow or ice on a trail.

Lowa Men’s Renegade Ice GTX Hiking Boot

These boots are waterproof and insulated with GORE-TEX. I love how warm they are inside, and they have a great grip in icy conditions.

lowa ice mens

Lowa Women’s Renegade Ice GTX Hiking Boot

womens renegade ice


Toddler Sorel Boot

Sorel Boot Pink

Our daughter lives in these boots during the winter months. They are compatible with toddler snowshoes, as they strap right in. They are very warm and rated for up to -40 F! Waterproof too.

The North Face Oso Onesie

North Face Oso Onesie

Just like we said our daughter lives in her Sorel boots in the winter, this oso onesie is also a must have. It only goes up to size 24 months, but a definite must for any child 24 months and younger! Our favorite feature is the arms and legs that turn into gloves and socks.

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