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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My 13 yr old son and I parked inside DL Bliss State park, right past the pay entrance, in a small parking lot, on the left. Right across from our spot was entrance to Rubicon Trail. Left was to the lighthouse trail (north), right was to emerald Bay (south). We did the southern trail and walked along the shoreline for 1.5 hrs out and 1.5 hrs back. Ended up being about 6 miles round trip. We did stop and take pictures, climbed down to the water a few times. We made it to Parson's rock past Emerald Point and then had to turn around because we had a rafting reservation. The trail is dirt, rocks, easy to walk on. Mostly shaded. The most beautiful, scenic views of the Lake. I probably took 50 amazing photographs. There are a few subtle hills, but not strenuous. This would be a great trail to run on.

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Lighthouse trail is tough but scenic. Not much to see in the middle of this trail though. Great overlooks of the beach on the Bliss side! Took our 8-year-old and did fine.

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Spectacular views! You'll want to stop every 100 feet to take a photo! The path is shaded and soft (for most of the trail). I ran from D.L. Bliss park to Vikingsholm -- 1.5 hours round trip.

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This was a beautiful hike that most all skill levels can complete. I saw people from 7 to 70 on the trail. There are some granite steps and ups and downs so be prepared for some minor elevation changes. Very scenic as you hike along the shore of Lake Tahoe. We started at the DL Bliss State Park parking lot at Rubicon Point and hiked toward Vikingsholm. At a leisurely pace with time for a few pictures it took us 2.5 hrs. both ways for a total of 5 hrs. We packed a lunch and took an hour break at Vikingsholm to enjoy the scenery. Great hike! The only issue is parking. We arrived at 8:45 on a Saturday morning and the parking was almost full. Plan on getting there early or you will have to park much further adding to the distance of this hike.

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