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#20 of 90 state parks in California

Best trails in Emerald Bay State Park

1,229 Reviews
Looking for a great trail in Emerald Bay State Park, California? AllTrails has 5 great hiking trails, walking trails, forest trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Ready for some activity? There are 3 moderate trails in Emerald Bay State Park ranging from 1.7 to 4.4 miles and from 6,620 to 6,637 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
Description

Emerald Bay State Park is a great park to kayak, SUP, boat, and hike. Dogs are allowed in the park, but they are not allowed on trails, sandy beaches, or in the Vikingsholm area. The park is open sunrise to sunset. Fees for parking are $5 per vehicle for the day, or $2 per vehicle for 1 hour (winter rate).

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Map of trails in Emerald Bay State Park
Park information
Acreage:
1,533 acres
Park hours
Monday
dawn - dusk
Tuesday
dawn - dusk
Wednesday
dawn - dusk
Thursday
dawn - dusk
Friday
dawn - dusk
Saturday
dawn - dusk
Sunday
dawn - dusk
Contact
530-541-3030
Helpful links
Top trails (5)
#1 - Vikingsholm Trail
Emerald Bay State Park
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Length: 1.7 mi • Est. 56 m
Vikingsholm Trail starts from the stone observation area above Emerald Bay on Lake Tahoe, about 9 miles north of South Lake Tahoe in the northern Sierra Nevada. This is a moderate dirt and paved road Show more
#2 - Emerald Point Trail
Emerald Bay State Park
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Length: 4.4 mi • Est. 2 h 7 m
Emerald Point Trail is a 4.4 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near South Lake Tahoe, California that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking,Show more
#3 - Eagle Bay Vikingsholm Loop
Emerald Bay State Park
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Length: 2.5 mi • Est. 1 h 20 m
Eagle Bay Vikingsholm Loop is a 2.5 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near South Lake Tahoe, California that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for Show more
#4 - Eagle Falls Vista Point Loop
Emerald Bay State Park
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Length: 0.7 mi • Est. 23 m
Eagle Falls Vista Point Loop is a 0.7 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Tahoma, California that features a great forest setting and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily uShow more
#5 - Eagles Lake to Fontanillis Lake Loop
Emerald Bay State Park
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Length: 10 mi • Est. 5 h 41 m
Eagles Lake to Fontanillis Lake Loop is a 10 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near South Lake Tahoe, California that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a Show more