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.

hiking
2 months ago

We hiked this today and it was beautiful! Cool on the trail so dress in layers. Not too many people but enough to make it fun! The only bummer is you have to park at the top of the park and hike down to the trail head. Not bad when you are heading out but an uphill trek at the end.

Closed right now for controlled burning, but a beautiful trail to take when it's open!

hiking
3 months ago

Great views

hiking
3 months ago

The gorgeous views that are the destination of many hikes are with you the entire time!

walking
3 months ago

Beautiful views, we loved the stop at the cove. Easy and short.

hiking
4 months ago

Fantastic hike! Took about 3hrs with lots of breaks to enjoy the views. Totally loved it

4 months ago

Did the whole trail today and loved it! Perfect weather and amazing views! Tahoe my ❤️

It was amazing views of Lake Tahoe the entire hike! I was constantly stopping to admire nature and was completely enthralled with the experience! I would do it again!

4 months ago

Nice peaceful. Pretty easy for the most part

4 months ago

Fantastic - and if it's warm don't forget to take your swimming gear as lots of places along emerald bay to have a dip

hiking
4 months ago

Hiked from DL bliss to eagle falls, took the Vikings trail back to emerald Bay parking lot and got a ride back to DL bliss entrance station, then took the lighthouse trail back to the car, what a day, amazing views and saw a lot. start EARLY, we got to the park at 8am and had vista point emerald bay and the park practically to ourselves on a Sunday.

hiking
4 months ago

Great views pretty steep incline for my in-laws in their early 70's. Great views but make sure you can do inclines.

One of my favorite hikes! You are along the lake for most of the hike, and the hike gets low enough at points where you could easily go for a swim (though water was very cold when we went in late September). The trail is mostly flat so hike is not very strenuous (I saw a few kids in it). There is a $10 fee to get in the state park and there is limited parking. The state park also has access to the beach (calawee cove) so you can make a full day of it.

4 months ago

Great up and down on lake

hiking
5 months ago

Beautiful views, interesting paths. Very enjoyable

This trail boasts beautiful views of Lake Tahoe and involves fairly easy walking. It took me a little over two hours from the Vikingsholm trailhead to D.L. Bliss.

Short but beautiful hike! Great views of the lake!

hiking
5 months ago

Went about 6a all the way to Eagles Point. Easy to find parking that early, caught a beautiful sunrise. Not much elevation compared to most hikes in the area. Great places to swim along the way. Catch a tour of Vikingsholm if you can, or take a kayak out to Fannette. Plus the view of lower Eagle falls.

Breathtaking views the entire hike. We took it starting at the Rubicon trailhead, stopped in Vikingsholm to take a tour and swim, and finally went to Eagle Point. Around 6 miles one way, and pretty tiring if you do go all the way to Eagle Point. We got there around 830 on a Sunday and there was still plenty of parking and the trail was empty, but it did get pretty crowded at mid-afternoon on the way back.

hiking
5 months ago

Such beautiful views along the northern portion past the visitor's center. The woman working there gave us tips on rock formations and osprey sightings too! One hiker warned us of a bear near the trail to the old lighthouse.

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