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.

Great trail. Ran this November 10th at sunrise

hiking
1 month ago

Cute little lighthouse, really pretty hike with great lake views.

hiking
1 month ago

I hiked this from Vikingsholm a few miles down towards DL Bliss and back. It was a bright sunny walk along the edge of a beautiful mountain lake. Despite that I saw no other hikers on the trail. This was an amazing break between days of driving. So peaceful!

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

hiking
2 months ago

The road to the trailhead at DL Bliss is closed for the winter but you can park and walk a mile down the road to the Rubicon trailhead. I hiked from DL Bliss past Vikingsholm almost to Eagle Point Campground and back. It was a long hike but not difficult. The views are out of this world! So beautiful, it's hard to describe. Fall leaf colors are bright yellow, and the lake in the morning has a surreal green/blue tinge. Don't miss this one during your next visit to Tahoe!

hiking
2 months ago

easy, accessible, rewarding hike around emerald bay; not terribly crowded on a fall weekday with nice fall foliage around the bay
parking/trailhead: dl bliss entrance closed at entrance, could park and walk down to trail but we parked at the other end of emerald bay on the road and didn't pay; $10 at vikingsholm
trail: wilderness highway, well maintained, mostly packed dirt
scenery: beautiful views of the bay and surrounding area, fall colors

Hiked from DL Bliss to Vikingsholm. Very pretty hike! We completed this section in 2 hours.

2 months ago

One of my favorites, a gorgeous hike! We started out at the trailhead at D. L. Bliss, the campground was closed and the parking at the front was full, but we found parking along the street. We only hiked to Vikingsholm and then turned around, next time we’ll continue the hike into Emerald Bay , with stopping to eat our lunch, and taking pictures, it took us 5 Hrs. Next time and that’s if we get an early start because of parking, we might try starting at Vikingsholm, hike into Emerald Bay, back to Vikingsholm, and continue towards D. L. Bliss for a ways, and back to Vikingsholm, it is a long hike , and my husband and I are feeling the soreness the next day, but it’s a good soreness! Love this hike, I highly recommend, especially in October when the crowds were minimal and the aspens scattered randomly along the hike were so beautiful.

hiking
2 months ago

The best Fall hike! Bring the family.

hiking
2 months ago

Great views and fun to check out the old lighthouse - tho it looks more like an outhouse :D

hiking
2 months ago

Beautiful views! $10 parking fee cash or credit.

3 months ago

10-13-18 we started in DL Bliss at the north end of the trail. The Park Ranger and signage stated this trail / campground would close 10-15-18 for the season. The Ranger indicated the trail could still be hiked, but the closest you could park to the trailhead would be just over a mile. There was a $10 fee (1 car, 2 people).

Outstanding hike, but we were time limited and only made it 3.5 miles out before turning around.

Saw many Steller’s Jays and large woodpeckers, not certain on type.

walking
3 months ago

Awesome trail, worth the effort. It’s not too hard in terms of elevation, definitely recommend it!

Beautiful views. Lots of trees and views of lake

hiking
3 months ago

Beautiful gem of a trail!! Hiked to Emerald Cove, took us just under two hours with stopping for exploration to get there-an hour and 20 on the way back. Trail meanders up and down along little coves of the Lake. A fair amount of other hikers passing through. Wonderful trail!

on Lighthouse Trail

hiking
3 months ago

Beautiful trail, well maintained!!!! The views are breathtaking! Would definitely do this one again....

hiking
3 months ago

Beautiful hike along Lake Tahoe. Hard part was walking the mile up to the car from Vikingsholm

3 months ago

the views are spectacular! a nice gradual up and down trail along the lake up on the hillside. we never tire of this view. we did it in the morning Sept 8 to 9ish in the morning with the sun warming our hike to take the chill off.

hiking
3 months ago

Beautiful hike! Parked at DL Bliss State Park and arrived very early to get parking. Did not record it here but I think I did about 9 to 11 miles.

hiking
3 months ago

We loved this hike, loved the variety of terrain, and it was the highlight of our hiking in Tahoe. It's a steep start but hang in there. I was very glad to have my hiking sticks for both the steep up and steep down on the return. The longer gentle uphill return was very easy. There are so many beautiful views, one more gorgeous than the rest. For a slow time of year, it was pretty busy. I don't think this would be very enjoyable during high season. It's 10.5 miles r/t to Vikingsholm according to FitBit and Google Maps. Definitely recommend!

Best hike my wife and I have ever taken. Breathtaking views, shade, well marked, not a lot of traffic. Inspires us to continue getting in better shape so we can hike the full length out and back! Highlight of our Tahoe vacation so far!

hiking
3 months ago

best to drop 1 car at viking Holm, and drive another car to bliss state park, lester beach and start from there. then you only go one way. or have some one pick you up by boat.

on Rubicon Trail

hiking
4 months ago

This is the most beautiful trail I’ve ever hiked in Northern California! Absolutely recommend & will definitely be doing again!

4 months ago

Did it today. Good Lakeviews and well maintained one. You have to pay to enter the park. There are places where you can get into the lake near emerald bay.

on Rubicon Trail

4 months ago

Awesome trail. One of my favorite hikes.

Did this yesterday with family. Spectacular!!! Everything about it. Up and down, rocky, flat, gorgeous views. We parked at Eagle Point campground and stopped at Calawee Cove beach. Out and back trail. about 7 miles there and back. Would definitely do again.

Great trail!

Okay rear

started at the rubicon trail in eagle point campground, went to calwee cove
and back. . beautiful views of the lake, cool rock formations, several water access points along the way. dont let the relatively flat terrain fool you. the distance and elevation change make this a worthwhile effort even for the avid fit hiker. our trek total was 15 miles due to some misnavigation. the swimming and rocks at calwee cove were a perfect mid hike refreshment. total time for us was 6 hours.

Great day... yeah, baby, yeah...!!

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