Vikingsholm Trail

MODERATE 86 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
396 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. 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 a Viking castle is part of Emerald Bay State Park. A nominal fee is charged. Bring a picnic lunch and enjoy the fabulous view of Emerald Bay and Fannette Island from the shoreline. Pets are not allowed.

hiking
5 hours ago

hiking
10 days ago

hiking
11 days ago

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.

12 days ago

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

13 days ago

13 days ago

fun hike

hiking
23 days 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.

hiking
25 days ago

25 days ago

Beautiful view of emerald bay

hiking
28 days ago

hiking
28 days 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.

hiking
28 days ago

29 days ago

Tough walk up but interesting castle

hiking
30 days ago

hiking
1 month ago

1 month ago

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

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

walking
1 month ago

Very nice afternoon walk,the way up the like from to the parking lot is a challenge.no matter how many times,the walk up still a challenge.!

hiking
2 months 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!