Hi all, will be visiting Lake Tahoe for only part of a day in early June, with my 11 year old daughter. Thinking about the Heavenly gondola and also hiking Cascade Falls above Emerald Bay. Would like to finish our partial day by hiking part or all of the Rubicon Trail between DL Bliss and Emerald Bay. A few questions for those familiar with the trail:
1) Is there any service to take you from one trailhead to the other so you can leave your car at your ending point for a one-way hike? We definitely don't have time to do the whole thing round trip.
2) If not, then we can do only part of the trail out and then back to where we started. I know there is a substantial hill to get from parking to Vikingsholm, uphill at the end, but not clear about elevation difference between parking and trailhead at the DL Bliss end. Basically we don't want to have a big uphill to face at the end of the hike, is parking at DL Bliss more level to/from the trailhead?
3) I have read some descriptions of the trail, and it seems that if we start at DL Bliss we will go to Rubicon Point, past some large, interesting boulder/rock formations, a stretch that is cut into a cliff with a guardrail, and the old lighthouse. It seems from there (going south) that the trail then turns inland away from the lake for a while. My question here is, about how far from DL Bliss are some of these landmarks? If we are to double back to our starting point then we will need to determine what is the midpoint of our total hike, but we wouldn't want to turn around if we knew something really great to see was just around the next bend. Knowing about how far some of these landmarks are from DL Bliss will help our planning.
Thanks in advance.