In 1969, Emerald Bay was designated a National Natural Landmark for its brilliant panorama of mountain-building processes and glacier carved granite. The natural beauty, geology and history of this unique island make it one of the highlights of any visit to the Lake Tahoe area. The park features Vikingsholm, one of the finest examples of Scandinavian architecture in the western hemisphere. The "Tea House" on Fannette Island, the only island to be found in all of Lake Tahoe. Emerald Bay was designated an underwater state park in 1994. It is the resting place for many boats, launches and barges used in the lake before the turn of the century, during the heyday of Emerald Bay Resort and used in the construction of Vikingsholm. 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. Dogs are allowed in the park, but they are not permitted on the trails, on beaches, or in the Vikingsholm area.
Steep walking at times. Not recommended for anyone without physical stamina. Lots of people had to stop and rest and catch their breath going back to the top to finish. Emerald Bay itself is beautiful and picturesque. Lots and lots of people. Good luck finding a parking spot.
If you are looking for a shortish hike that delivers a huge variety of landscape then look no further. Superb views of Lake Tahoe and Desolation Wilderness from the top, takes about an hour to hike up there and it is mostly uphill but not too difficult if yu are in reasonable shape.
This is the first trail I've hiked in the mountains so it felt moderate to me. It starts out with a dirt path and then gets rocky the rest of the way. The views were stunning as you have cascade lake to your left and the mountain to your right. I hiked this trail in Columbus Day weekend so the waterfall was just like a stream but still, it was quite peaceful to hear the water running and have yet another beautiful view of the lake in front of the waterfall.
Did this trail with our 2and 4 yo. While the first part is really easy going the kids have to listen to you in the second part. It gets rocky and here and there some "dangerous" (for kids) parts.
All in all a nice family trail if the kids have quite safe hiking skills
Beautiful views with little effort. Went on an afternoon that promised rain and snow showers so crowds were non-existent. Excellent views of Lake Tahoe and Cascade Lake down below. Lovely granite trails. Good for athletic dogs; not so good for small, older dogs. Magical during an afternoon snow shower!
Nice short hike. It was steep enough to get me sweating but not a tough climb for in shape people. There are very small waterfalls as you move down the trail. There are picnic tables near the beach. I had lunch on a drift wood tree that washed up. The view of emerald bay is beautiful as you hike down.
Quite hard first couple miles, be prepared! If you go early morning, make sure you have proper wind protection, it might be windy and really really cool on the top (as of end of September).
Overall, amazing views, nature and mountains! Worth every minute spent.