Buck Lake

Climb to Buck Lake with beautiful views. Continue above the lake for added difficulty.

Total Miles


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2 Hours
Technical Rating
7 / 10
Best Time
Summer/ Fall

As we continue to improve our trail coverage, we'd love to hear what you think and which areas to add next.

Trail Overview
Buck Lake
This trail, open to green-sticker vehicles, can be added to the extreme Rubicon Trail, or driven on its own. There is a large staging area at the end of McKinney-Rubicon Springs Road. The trail takes you up to Buck Lake and then up to the Ellis Peak trail. The drive to Buck Lake is moderate, but the route above the lake challenges most riders. Campsites and BBQ pits available along the trail. Great views of Lake Tahoe above Buck Lake.
Getting There
From Tahoe City: Drive 8 miles south on Highway 89 to McKinney-Rubicon Springs Road on right. From Tahoe Valley: Drive 19.4 miles north on Highway 89 to McKinney-Rubicon Springs. Road on left.
Contact for Current Conditions
Tahoe National Forest
Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit
(530) 543-2600