Emerald Bay State Park, a National Natural Landmark in renowned for it's natural beauty and geology, making it a great stop during any visit to the Lake Tahoe's lakefront. Emerald Bay was designated an underwater state park in 1994. It is a fantastic place for kayaking, riding a standup paddleboard, or scuba diving, where you will be able to see the remains of many boats in addition to plants and fish. Emerald Bay offers amazing architecture, like the Vikingsholm, one of the states finest examples of Scandinavian architecture, and The "Tea House" on Fannette Island, Lake Tahoe's only island and a great place for afternoon tea. Summer temperatures range from the mid 70's in the daytime 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 allowed on trails, sandy beaches, or in the Vikingsholm area.

hiking
12 hours ago

Fantastic and unique landmark!!! Loved seeing the architecture and beach views and the island!! Also had immediate access to Eagle falls and the Rubicon trail!!!

walking
15 days ago

Great weather when we visited, great views of emerald lake
Going back up is steep

Great trip,
Limited parking, a must see castle! Thanks

I was huffing and puffing on my way back up (I blame it on the altitude) but it was worth the views!! Lots of kids, being carried, and plenty of dogs.

hiking
3 months ago

Beautiful views of Emerald Bay! My husband and I were able to complete it with our 2.5 year old in his pack and our 2 month old in my front carrier. It was a little tougher on the way up because it’s pretty steep, but definitely doable. You can continue on the trail down to emerald bay and see Vikingsholm castle. We brought lunch and ate at one of the picnic tables. Vikingsholm is only open to tour in the summer, but it’s still beautiful to see.

walking
4 months ago

Hiking down pavement isn't my forte- lots of non hikers on this one. The view and being right on Lake Tahoe is awesome and gets you right up to the shoreline. We continued to Emerald point which is more of a trail with minimal elevation change. Back tracked up to parking lot. The elevation going back up to the parking lot is the challenge and can get you out of breath if your not physically fit.

hiking
4 months ago

Beautiful hike all along the shore line!

hiking
5 months ago

Beautiful views of Lake Tahoe, Emerald Bay, and Vikingsholm. Easy hike down; slightly more strenuous going back up, but well worth it!

hiking
5 months ago

Very pretty hike. Easy. Great views of Lake Tahoe and several waterfalls. Great for all ages and skill levels.

Nice trail along Emerald Bay! Kind of just ends randomly

hiking
5 months ago

Nice short and relatively easy hike. Fairly steep trail with nice views of Emerald Bay and takes you to the coastline where you can check out a beautiful mansion once owned by a wealthy landowner and now by the parks service (There are tours available in the summer every half hour.). Parking is $10.

hiking
6 months ago

Parking is difficult at this time due to one row of the parking lot being worked on, so arrive early if you can in order to get a spot.
If you are someone whom doesn't like the heat, the return hike is better done in the morning because there is very little shade on upper part of the trail.
The trail is nice and wide and is definitely down all the way and UP all the way back.
The view of the bay at the bottom.of the trail is very nice.
We did the home tour and it was a nice, simple tour. You pay $10 to park & $10/person to do the tour.
The $10 is worth it for the tour.
Make sure to take the time to do the .5 mile hike to Lower Eagle Falls.
It's a beautiful little waterfall.

hiking
6 months ago

about 1 Mike each way from the parking lot, the uphill on the way back is a pretty good workout. be sure to hike eagle falls which is another quarter mile past the vikingsholm.

hiking
6 months ago

Though labeled as "caution, steep" this trail is Easy-Moderate. A wide, well groomed path leads down 1.0 miles to the castle, a dock and paths around the bay. Absolutely worth the return trip uphill (a solid incline walk that'll warm you right back up if it's chilly out).

Great trail to take to admire the beauty of the bay up close.

hiking
7 months ago

Parking is a fiasco, but it is absolutely worth it! Emerald Bay is stunningly beautiful. Vikingsholm is incredibly unique and something to see. The hill to get down to it may be a bit steep for some on the way back up, but just keep putting one foot in front of the other!

hiking
7 months ago

Scenic walk ... parking hardest thing ... not enough spaces.

hiking
7 months ago

This is a beautiful easy down hill hike to the beach and Rubicon Trail and Vikingholm. Hike back up trail is strenuous for a 71 year old. Took one hour to go .8 miles, with stops to rest back and hips. But overall this a good hike and worth the pain.

hiking
7 months ago

Steep one-mile climb down and back. The top of the trail provides some striking views of the bay and other features.

Vikingsholm itself is nicely preserved and has been well maintained by California State Parks. The tour is just the right length, and the history discussed is very intriguing.

hiking
7 months ago

This was the first time my family and I decided to do a hike on July 26, 2017. The walk was easy to get to the castle, but it was closed and didn't open until 10:30a.m so we decided to walk about 5-10 more minutes to check out Eagle falls and it was so worth it. The waterfalls were beautiful! We started the trail at 8:15a.m and it was not crowded, but by the time we were heading back around 9:30a.m people were arriving and parking was getting hectic so I recommend arriving before 9:00a.m. The walk back had some uphills, but was manageable. I saw people of all ages and there are plenty of benches to stop and rest when needed. I recommend this trail to any beginner hiker. Definitely check out Eagle Falls!

hiking
7 months ago

Easy 1 mile hike down to Emerald Bay Vikingsholm and beach. Very chill.

hiking
8 months ago

This trail has gotten a bit crowded but we had a ton of fun!

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.

8 months ago

fun hike

hiking
8 months ago

For a more interesting hike to Vikingsholm, I recommend starting at the eagle point campground. There is plenty of parking, the trail is more scenic, and less steep. The trail to Vikingsholm from eagle point is 2 miles each way and includes eagle falls. I thought the tour was overpriced. For $10 each, it's 20 minutes guided and 10 minutes wandering around.

Beautiful view of emerald bay

hiking
8 months ago

It's a beautiful hike. There are many great views along the way. There is an extra hike up to Eagle Falls that is worth it.

Tough walk up but interesting castle

We were disappointed in the "castle" home, but it was still a beautiful walk.

hiking
9 months ago

easy, good views, good smells, and maybe avoid on weekends:)

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