Emerald Bay Trail Run – September 11, 2021

Run the Rubicon Trail

“One of America’s Most Scenic Trail Runs” – Competitor Magazine

Air Quality Index (AQI) Smoke Fire and current California State Park and USDA Forest Closure:

The Emerald Bay Trail Run is held on California State Property. We are in communication with the State Park and will update our plans over the next several days as more information on the Caldor Fire becomes available. The State Parks are currently closed for day use. The temporary USDA Forest Service closure of Nine Northern California National Forests for Public Safety, including the Tahoe National Forest does not impact this events.

We monitor the Air Quality Index (AQI) for all events. The AQI is a moving target and can change hourly. Our plan is to determine the AQI the morning of the scheduled event and make an informed decision whether to hold or cancel an event at that time. In general we will hold and event if the AQI is close to 170 or lower. Our goal is to not cancel an event prior to the morning of the event. However, there are circumstances, such as prolonged unhealthy air quality leading up to an event that could prevent our staff from preparing properly and safely for an event. In this type of situation we may cancel due to poor air quality days prior to an event. Additionally we look at the AQI and wind forecasts to provide data that help with our decision making on event cancellations due to poor and unhealthy air quality. In some instances the decision to hold and event may be out of our hands and determined by State, Federal, and local land managers.

Emerald Bay Trail Run Race Information:

Defined by both the incredible beauty of Lake Tahoe and the towering peaks of the High Sierra, Lake Tahoe is one of the world’s most famous sporting playgrounds. The region has an almost endless variety of spectacular mountain biking trails, adventurous hikes and, of course, waterborne activities on the “Big Blue” – Lake Tahoe – one of the largest, deepest and purest alpine lakes on earth.

The Emerald Bay Trail Run starts at Eagle Point and then takes you around Emerald Bay and up the Rubicon Trail to D.L. Bliss State Park to finish at Lester Beach. The course is a  7 mile/11Km (approximate) point to point route. The course features a mostly single track route with moderate climbs and descents. The trail is somewhat technical with natural granite steps. It is hard not to look at the stellar views of Lake Tahoe!

Emerald Bay State Park is considered one of the most beautiful areas in the United States, as evidenced by its status as a Registered Natural Landmark. Carved by ancient glaciers, Emerald Bay offers unequaled scenic hiking, and trail running.

Majestic Emerald Bay is just a small part of this beautiful and pristine State Park covering 1,830 acres of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. You will find six miles of both rocky and sandy beaches on the magnificent shoreline. You will see ponderosa and jeffrey pines, red and white fir, cedar, junipers and cottonwood, and gnarled and stunted sugar pines.

From promontories such as Rubicon Point in D.L. Bliss State Park you can see over one hundred feet into the depths of Lake Tahoe. From the crest of Eagle Falls in Emerald Bay State Park, you can see a brilliant panorama of Emerald Bay, Fannette Island, Lake Tahoe, and the distant Nevada shore.

Plan on spending the entire day, because once you get here, you won’t want to leave.


The above prices do not include the online processing fees.

Youth = 18 years and under as of 12/31 of the race year

Senior = 62 years and older as of 12/31 of the race year


We value you as our customer and strive to provide you with a good value for your dollar.

We want you to have the best experience that you can.  For your race fee we provide you with:

  • Epic, scenic course
  • Post event festivities; music, food & beverages
    • Recovery food such as fruit and bagels
  • Medical staff
  • SWAG from the Big Blue Adventure and/or our great sponsors
  • T-shirt and/or finishing medal


  • Age Group/Gender, 5-year (14-19, 20-24, etc.) based on age as of 12/31 in the race year
    • Must be a minimum of 5 participants in the Age Group by Gender to receive award

The Emerald Bay Trail Run starts at Eagle Point and then takes you around Emerald Bay and up the Rubicon Trail to D.L. Bliss State Park to finish at Lester Beach. The course is a 7 mile point to point route. The course features mostly single track, natural granite steps, and moderate climbing and descending.

California State 10K Championship


Parking is located at Eagle Point Campground. A shuttle service is provided after the event from D.L. Bliss State Park/Lester Beach (finish) to Eagle Point Campground (start).  You may also park at D.L. Bliss, $10, and make your own arrangements to make it to the start on time. If you have to leave quickly after the finish, we recommend you make your own shuttle arrangements as the shuttle vans carry 20 people per trip. Final shuttle departs Lester Beach (finish) at 1:15 PM. The parking lot at Eagle Point Campground closes at 2:00PM. Make sure your vehicle doesn’t get locked in as if it does it has to sleep over.

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