DL Bliss and Emerald Bay State Parks include more than six miles of magnificent Lake Tahoe’s west shore, covering 1,830 acres in California’s Sierra Nevada. From the scenic overlook on Highway 89, you can see a brilliant panorama of Emerald Bay, Fannette Island, Lake Tahoe and the distant Nevada shore. Nearby Eagle Creek cascades over three falls and disappears into the lake. The grandeur of the parks and their setting is a product of successive upheavals of the mountain-building processes that raised the Sierra Nevada. 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. On 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. DL Bliss State Park is named for a pioneering lumberman, railroad owner and banker from the region. The Bliss family donated 744 acres to the California State Park System in 1929. The nucleus of Emerald Bay State Park, including Vikingsholm, was sold to the state for half the appraised value by Placerville lumberman Harvey West in 1953. The Savethe-Redwoods League helped raise funds to acquire the land. The park is located 17 miles south of Tahoe City on Highway 89, a couple of miles north of Emerald Bay. The Day Use Annual Pass is accepted at this park. Summer temperatures range from about 75 degrees during the day to the low 40s at night, and winter temperatures average from a high of 40 to a low of 20 degrees; during extremely cold winters Emerald Bay freezes over. The park is closed during the winter. Dogs are not permitted on the trails, on beaches or in the Vikingsholm area.
I'm actually going to review the hike to RUBICON PEAK, but cannot find the hike listed.
This is an aggressive but amazing hike from the Rubicon Properties neighborhood, Trailhead at the end of Highland Ave. It is approximately 2.4 miles each way. You will climb 2100 feet in a very short time. Bring water, snacks (we brought luch). The last 40 feet to get to the peak is hand over hand but the views are spectacular!!! Not a lot of room at the top, so your dogs need to wait about 40 feet before the last push. Look for trail markings, especially when the terrain comes out of the woods into the rocky area. We began around 10:00am so not too cold and we had good cloud cover so did not get too hot.
The rubicon trail was beautiful. The trail is along the lake shore and very well shaded too! It cuts across a few camp grounds when starting from the emerald bay entrance ( vikingsholm parking lot ). This is NOT a loop. The trail starts at vikingsholm parking lot and ends at rubicon point. Its nearly 4.5 miles one way. The intensity level is moderate. Lot of openings to the lake shore from the trail which makes it a perfect picture spot!