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.

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8 hours ago

One of my favorites trails ,perfect for family trips. The trail is along the lake,there are beautiful spots to stop for lunch. And at the end you get a private cove.

Great hike! Very easy, just a little long.

hiking
2 days ago

Super dope

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Get there early if you want to park! We intended to park two cars (one at DL Bliss and one at Vikingsholm) so that we only had to hike one way but ended up doing an out and back from the DL Bliss Visitor Station. Nevertheless, it was an awesome day and the hike was a good challenge and manageable. We rented kayaks at Vikingsholm to explore the island in Emerald Bay. Views were gorgeous, water was stunning, highly recommended. Pack lunch or lots of snacks.

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13 days ago

Awesome trail, very easy! Kid friendly also.

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13 days ago

This is a beautiful trail. We parked ($10) at the southern end, above Vikingsholm, and walked the steep decline down before getting on the Rubicon trail. It's very well maintained, and the views are breathtaking. We'd gotten a later start than we'd hoped, so we were only able to walk halfway in before turning around, but this is a trail we'll definitely come back to.

hiking
13 days ago

Gorgeous trail! We saw a bear and two cubs. Another hiker got a great pic which she shared with me. Thank you Justine from Chicago!

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14 days ago