no dogs


nature trips

trail running


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.

I didn't go all the way to Maggie's Peak but ended turning back where you turn from the trail to get to the peak. Steep hike but was rewarded with great views.

Beautiful hike. Early morning is least populated.

4 days ago

Tough trail but the views are worth it. And you can find spots to get in the water.

I was there last week. Stunning at every turn. Moderate-light or Easy + is what i rate it. Found great place for lunch at waters edge just before the boat-only campground. Look for the steps leading to the water.

Nice trail above Cascade Lake with great views of Emerald Bay and Cascade Lake. Fun exploring for kids at the top of the falls. Kid and dog friendly.

Very moderate trail. Best to do it morning as there is no shade. Falls still good this time of year but best late spring.

Beautiful easy hike to the falls, once you get to the top it's a lot of walking over rocks and creating your own path. The falls are beautiful this time of year.

More than expected

The sign at the start that says "steep trail" was a little bit misleading, at least for me. A very fast, easy hike down to a beautiful grass-covered castle and popular beach area. If you're looking for a quiet and solitary hike this one is not for you. But if you don't mind a lot of people then this hike is fast, easy, kid friendly, and fun! Definitely recommend for the scenery at least.

Nice wide paths make this an easy trail. lots of foot traffic and grassy beach area at the bottom. kayaks available for rent.

11 days ago