Vikingsholm Trail is a 1.7 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Tahoma, CA that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and walking and is accessible from April until November.
Vikingsholm Trail starts from the stone observation area above Emerald Bay on Lake Tahoe, about 9 miles north of South Lake Tahoe. this is a moderate one-mile dirt and paved road hike (with about a 450-foot elevation change) from the parking lot to bottom of Emerald Bay, but be prepared to hike back up. When at the end of the trail you can take the Vikingsholm Castle tour available 7 days a week from mid-June until the end of September from 10am to 4pm. All tours are guided and take approximately one-half hour. You can also hike the short trail to Lower Eagle Falls which begins directly across from the castle or relax at Emerald Bay Beach. The authentic replica of a Viking castle is part of Emerald Bay State Park. A nominal fee is charged. Bring a picnic lunch and enjoy the fabulous view of Emerald Bay and Fannette Island from the shoreline. Pets are not allowed. Reference: http://www.tahoeactivities.com/vikingsholm-hiking-trail/#sthash.tQCEnyQw.dpuf
Nice trail with small waterfalls on the way. Beautiful trees. Beautiful home on the exterior with fairytale like wood carved door. Was closed for winter. Nice views of Emerald Bay Cove.
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.
Stunning views, very well maintained trail. Great to have bathroom facilities at the bottom! Would definitely do it again!
Bring your swimsuit and try to time the hike back up later in the day when it's cooler.
A beautiful short hike to Vinkingholm and Eagle Falls. Very well maintained and clean. The traffic on the trail was moderate.
I thought this was a great trail. We hiked this today with our two year old riding in my backpack. Super easy walk down and a relatively easy ascent back to the top. We didn't realize that Vikingsholm castle is right on the beach. It's beautiful. We should have brought our bathing suits and a picnic along with us. Once we reached the bottom there were restrooms and a small store with a few souvenirs and ice cream. We enjoyed the tour of Vikingsholm and then took the 0.3 mile trek up to Eagle Falls as well. It was a lovely day and a relatively easy hike. I think this is marked as moderate simply b/c of the walk back to the top, which was not trying at all. We didn't really need to stop on our way back to the top but there was plenty of shade and cool spots to stop as a small stream runs along the path. This is a very popular and manicured trail. The write-up lists this as a 1.7 mile trek. It's actually one mile down to Vikingsholm, 0.3 miles from Vikingsholm to Eagle Falls and of course, 1.3 miles from Eagle Falls back to the parking lot.
Easy path to hike, see the beautiful home at the lake, picnic, swim, and boat! I sat on the beach and enjoyed the view of the rising mountains on either side!
Pretty easy and not too bad coming back up. Recommend the tour of the home. Also, the hike to Eagle Falls was worth it. Come early (before 9 am) to get decent parking and to avoid the crowds - very packed today.
Now this is the way to enjoy Tahoe. We did the castle tour at the bottom, a must! Then hiked to the bay point for picnic lunch just past the boat camp. That was an easy flat hike.
The trail was nice and wide so it made it easy to pass others. Also had a great view at the top. Going Dow was easy on the way out is a little steep in places
We hiked this after Eagle Lake and Eagle Falls, the 1 mile stroll down to the bottom at Emerald Bay was easy; it was a beautiful day and crowded. We walked out on the dock, enjoyed the beach a bit, and walked around the castle. Then we hiked back up, a bit more of a workout than coming down, but still a fairly easy walk. The views at the observation area are awesome and were not crowded. Enjoy just hanging out on the rocks. You must do this hike if you are visiting Tahoe.
Every trip to Tahoe should include a hike to this amazing location! Look for the Vikingsholm trailhead off of 89, you cant miss it. Its a short but sweet hike down to the bay and the water is sparkling clear that glows faintly turquoise, in fact its called Emerald bay,in the center of the bay there is a island with what looks like a miniature stone tower on it.The most surprising feature of this area however is the Scandinavian, medieval- era inspired Castle/mansion that has been preserved here! You can easily get caught up in observing the fine craftsmanship put into this structure for hours, the mansion interior may even be explored if you wish too.The only thing else they could add here is maybe a Drakkar gliding over the shining waters in the bay. ;). Not only do you get to see this incredible structure but the surrounding environ is intense as well.A huge Ponderosa towers nearby, water cascades down the back of the mountain and into the bay,decomposing granite makes for a white sand type shoreline, the whole area is very impressive, be sure to check it all out..This place is really fantastic, my only complaint is- crowds are heavy, parking can be a huge problem,in fact expect that you may not even be able to find a place to park...-and- the fee to enter Vikingsholm mansion proper is way overpriced.. this place would receive 5 stars if not for the populace problem. Many people there were not even hikers or outdoor enthusiasts of any sort and did not appreciate the steep hike.Veteran hikers should consider taking one of the outlying trails that lead to the castle for a more serene experience and a chance to explore more.
This was a beautiful hike. I was easy for the whole family. This is a great place to take the family for the day to have a nice picnic. While you are there explore the house.