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.
Loved this hike! Beautiful views, lunch on the lake and Vikingsholm were just a few of our activities. We did it late autumn and the weather was warm and only a couple other people were out and about. The hike was fairly easy tho' the distance got a bit long and we were ready to get back and watch the Cubbies win the series!
My bride and I conquered this one today. It was honestly very easy as the only challenge is the distance but it's a gorgeous view from step one to the very last one. We started at Bliss state park and ended at vikingsholm and had lunch there; recommended. There are bathrooms on both ends which my wife raves about :)
A good portion of the trail is shaded and the climb is very forgiving.
Highly, highly recommend!