Vikingsholm Trail

MODERATE 67 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.

walking
2 days 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
7 days 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!

hiking
8 days ago

hiking
11 days ago

Trail isn't much, a few views but worth the steady downhill to see Vikingsholm and the lake views. Steady uphill on the way back.

hiking
12 days ago

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hiking
19 days ago

Parking lot is small. We got there early. Fills up fast on a Sat. Steep incline down, then follows the lake. Continue on .4 for Eagle Falls.

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walking
29 days ago

I love this trail. Fantastic for all seasons, snow or not!
Today there was a nice thunderstorm rolling through, really added to the mild temperature!

29 days ago

By British standards, this is just a walk (sorry, a mile each way is not a Hike) down then up a moderately steep hill, but nice enough scenery with an impressive house at the bottom.

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1 month ago

Ok. Really just a graded road. Sort of steep

hiking
1 month ago

We took our 2 toddler children. It was great going down to the lake. Really adventurous for them. Not so great on the way back up. And since it's the holiday weekend traffic was horrendous and people were brutal with parking spots. But the scenery was great and the kids made it through. Lots of people with children as well.