trail running


no dogs


nature trips

kid friendly

In 1969, Emerald Bay was designated a National Natural Landmark for its brilliant panorama of mountain-building processes and glacier carved granite. The natural beauty, geology and history of this unique island make it one of the highlights of any visit to the Lake Tahoe area. The park features Vikingsholm, one of the finest examples of Scandinavian architecture in the western hemisphere. The "Tea House" on Fannette Island, the only island to be found in all of Lake Tahoe. Emerald Bay was designated an underwater state park in 1994. It is the resting place for many boats, launches and barges used in the lake before the turn of the century, during the heyday of Emerald Bay Resort and used in the construction of Vikingsholm. 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. Dogs are allowed in the park, but they are not permitted on the trails, on beaches, or in the Vikingsholm area.

What an amazing view. Brought hammock up and loved it.

Beautiful views of Emerald Bay.

As of 6/23 there was no snow heading to the lake. But, once you passed the lake to head onto Maggie Peak there was snow. We lost the trail and worked around (some areas without snow) and through the snow to the summit (not Maggie's peak) overlooking Eagle Lake. It was a beautiful hike! Not too crowded either for a 85 degree blue sky day!

mountain biking
2 days ago

3 days ago

Amazing trail. incredible views. only reason I gave this a 4 star is because of the biting flies that got both us and the dogs. We must have pulled 10 flies off of each dog.


4 days ago

Great hike with an amazing castle home at the bottom! We did the tour of the home and it was really cool! Beautiful views of Emerald Bay on the way down. Go early and beat the crowds, after 10 parking becomes difficult!

5 days ago

Took our two dogs. Stopped at the top of the falls for the dogs to splash. The trail was more narrow and rocky than expected but beautiful and the falls were spectacular. Started hike at 2:30. Saw probably 8 pairs of people on the trail not crowded.

Another great hike.

stunning views. easy access and well marked. elevation gains were gradual.

Great hike to Granite Lake. Wonderful view of the Emerald Bay where we stopped for a snack. The amount of snow near the lake is very passable. We had the whole lake to ourselves maybe around 10 AM, there was nice reflection with snow mountain backdrop. This is a great destination even if you do not go further. We did go beyond the lake but turned back when it became too difficult to keep on trail.

Started off by 8 AM and the trail was lightly trafficked. But it was crowded on the way back by 9:30 AM so we really enjoyed our time early. Best part was at the top, where you can explore close to the falls and rushing stream. Also, the same trailhead has Granite Lake so plan to spend a 4+ hours and do both.

on Cascade Falls Trail

7 days ago

7 days ago