Vikingsholm Trail

MODERATE 112 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.

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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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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.

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26 days 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.

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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!

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

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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.