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1 hour ago

Beautiful, one of my favourite lakes in the basin. Steep climb up but fantastic views

Boring walk, but worth it when you get the beach at the end.

on Vikingsholm Trail

walking
2 days ago

A great trail to go with kids. Really nice views of Emerald Bay. We went with a 1.5 and 3.5 year old and they really enjoyed it, especially the beach at the end! It’s very easy on the way down, and steep on the way up (for just about a mile, so totally doable!) Arrive early for parking! Parking area is $10.

One of the most beautiful trails in Tahoe area.. Easy with beautiful scenery along the lake— the lighthouse trail side good for short/time constraint hikes

super super steep but so pretty... it really is worth the hike back up

on Crystal Lake Trail

hiking
18 days ago

hiking
18 days ago

I am a seasoned hiker for sure, having hiked much longer and harder trails than this one, down into the Grand Canyon, up to Wheeler Peak, as well as Grinnell Glacier and other tough hikes, so this hike wasn't very hard on me as far as switchbacks were concerned. But what got me was that the trail wasn't in good of shape as I would have liked it to be, up towards the 3/4 mile point. The trail is very narrow there and right by a very steep drop off. If you weren't careful and made a wrong move or slipped on the loose sandy terrain, you could potentially fall to your death right there. Way too narrow for my taste. Not for people afraid of heights.

We planned to hike up to Crystal Lake but saw a sign up to the crest so we had to do it. It was well worth it. You can see many lakes in the area from the top. When you get toward the top you will see a trail to the left and onward to the top. A couple told us to keep going up to the crest and it loops at the top. You can see the back of half dome at the top. Beautiful hike!

Awesome hike to a beautiful lake. A must do hike- we continued up to the crest overlooking so many lakes.

Great hike with panoramic views and fall colors.

Amazing walk among all the beauties of fall colors and amazing reflections

hiking
28 days ago

Great hike with spectacular views of several lakes! The crystal lake by itself has amazing reflections!

Hiked this up from Vikingsholm after completing Rubicon Trail. Ascent very steep.

Gorgeous views especially in fall with all the colors.
Great easy hike for dogs

Fun & easy hike! I even saw families with little ones (ranging ages 4-10ish), so good for family fun. It’s currently off season right now, but during season (I wanna day it’s Memorial Day to Labor Day? Ish?) you can take a tour of the Vikingsholm Estate. Definitely planning on going back for that! Beautiful views!

walking
1 month ago

I loved the history and melancholy this place brought, to spend a summer in the forest nestled between majestic mountains and the gorgeous blue Tahoe, what could be more relaxing from our hectic lives! I hope you can find close by parking outside the fee area and ready yourself to descend down into history. The tour was simple and short with quick photo ops but your $10 goes to a good cause to protect history as well as the beauty of the area. the missing 5th Star is for the crazy crowds! timing is everything to avoid the worst of it. I hike because I love solitude in creation which this does not provide, so go for the history and not the adventure of the hike. it was a nice little work out to push yourself at 90 to 100% of your effort back up the hill and then you'll feel you've accomplished it all, just don't run over the other tourists struggling up the hill, they deserve a great experience too!

hiking
1 month ago

Wonderful trail. Did Lake Mary loop, went to Lake George and than continued to Cristal Lake. All in all, 10km of amazing views. Physical not to much demanding but not very easy as well.

hiking
1 month ago

good hike, go to mammoth Crest for great views, then finish up at crystal lake for lunch

hiking
1 month ago

Snow topped crest and fall colors, gorgeous combo. Trail is easy for the fit, moderate for us moderately fit and difficult for the unfit. Lake was blustery today but the views coming down of Horseshoe Lake, Twin Lakes, Lake George, Lake Mary and possibly Lake Maime were awesome, the vistas incredible. Trail is well marked and in great shape. If headed to Mammoth Crest the view was obstructed by clouds and 3-4 inches of snow.

one of the most amazing breathtaking hikes ive been on. short but worth every step.

hiking
1 month ago

Great short hike with amazing views. Trail crew was working on the trail. The trail was in good shape except the part the were working on.

backpacking
1 month ago

Nice, easy to walk trail, a little steep, but well worth it when you see the Vikingholm mansion, beautiful architecture, and spectacular views. Very nice little beach out front (bring your swim suites)

Easy hike with beautiful views!
But you do not really need to go anywhere from the parking lot to see the most beautiful view

Easy and enjoyable trail along the lake. Parked at the Marina and took the walk around the lake as I waited for sunset. Small stream at the back of the lake where you take a boardwalk over it. I started on the right of the Marina and went counter clockwise. Be sure to stop and look back every now and again because the views really look differently from a different angle.

hiking
2 months ago

Short hike, but with a steady uphill climb. The trail itself wasn't terribly challenging, but the higher elevation made breathing a little more of a struggle. Fantastic hike to start off your day, with great views of the lakes below and Crystal Lake did not disappoint. Most of the hikers I saw stopped at the beginning of the lake, but the trail around to the back was easy, pretty and leads to a big sandy beach which was a great stop to relax and take in the views.

Nice easy walk around the lake. We didn't run into too many people. It was nice and peaceful.

Such a fun trail. Beautiful mountains. Depending how far you go, neat rocks and waterfalls. Not very well marked.

beautiful walk around Convict Lake...the altitude makes it a bit harder to do but take your time and enjoy the spectacular scenery and you'll not regret choosing this trail...

A good family hike on a gorgeous day in Tahoe. Reliable shoes a must as the gravel trail was easy to slip. Our 5&7 yr olds held up well. Took the Vikingsholm tour and walked along the beach before ascending.

hiking
2 months ago

I would not call this an easy hike like others mention. My Garmin 5X Plus had me at 10,759 feet above sea level at the highest, so the elevation makes this a moderate hike for sure. I ran into several people that turned around. Hike begins at Lake George and you go up and up to the destination to the side of the peak above Lake George called Crystal Crag. Lots of switchbacks and shade help the trip up until you descend down to beautiful Crystal lake. Nice views of lake George and lake Mary from above. Great hike that will get your heart pumping.

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