Vikingsholm Trail

MODERATE 122 reviews
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Vikingsholm Trail is a 1.7 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Tahoma, California that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and walking and is best used from April until November.

DISTANCE
1.7 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
360 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

wheelchair friendly

kid friendly

hiking

walking

beach

forest

lake

views

waterfall

no dogs

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 hike (with about a 400-foot elevation change) from the parking lot to bottom of Emerald Bay, but be prepared to hike back up. At the end of the trail you can take the Vikingsholm Castle tour available 7 days a week from mid-June until the end of September from 10am to 4pm. All tours are guided and take approximately one-half hour. You can also hike the short trail to Lower Eagle Falls which begins directly across from the castle or relax at Emerald Bay Beach. The authentic replica of the Viking castle is part of Emerald Bay State Park which was designated an underwater California state park in 1994. 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. A nominal fee is charged. Bring a lunch and enjoy the fabulous view of Emerald Bay and Fannette Island from the shoreline picnic area. Pets are not allowed. Swimming, camping and boating are also popular Tahoe activities at the park. Visitors can access nearby hiking trails including the Rubicon Trail in D.L. Bliss State Park and Cascade Falls and Eagle Lake in Desolation Wilderness.

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11 days 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.

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22 days ago

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

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1 month ago

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

hiking
1 month 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.

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2 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.

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2 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.