some pics from a previous winter taken from the Talmont area. Rubicon Peak is the pointy one.
These pictures are from a nice morning hike I did two weeks ago in July 09. Rubicon Peak is an uncrowded west shore gem that you need to go up at least once in winter and in summer. No ifs ands or buts! The climb is fairly steep, and is about 2200'. The summit is 9000'. You won't find this beta in any printed guide book, and you'll only run into long-time Tahoe locals. Don't be loud or messy.
The age old "user-created" trail is faint, but you can't get lost on the way up. Rubicon Peak is pretty much a cone shaped mountain. Watch where you are for the return trip home, staying on the north side of the mountain and looking for signs of foot traffic. Near the bottom there is a vague ridge where you'll find a more beaten in trail, that takes you to the car.
Oh yeah, finding the trailhead....it's not really an official trailhead, but you're not bothering anyone to park by the water tank at the dead end. Don't block access to the water tower in case emergency vehicles need to access it.
Here are directions:
Turn off of hwy 89 onto Scenic Drive, 14 miles south of Tahoe City. Then go left on county road 2538, right on Woodland, left on Manzanita, right on Lakeview, Right on Crest, left on Forest View, left on Highview, and right onto a steep dead end street. If you forget to bring these instructions, just drive as high as you can in the neighborhood and look for the water tower and gated dead end road.
need I say more?
check out great pics of backcountry skiing rubicon peak elsewhere on this messageboard here: