Explore the most popular beach trails near South Lake Tahoe with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

hiking
3 days ago

Nice hike with beautiful views! I’m decently fit in my mid-20s and found this hike to be on the easier end of moderate. We started the hike at Vikingsholm and did an out and back to the end of the trail. The hardest part of the trek is the walk up the Vikingsholm access trail. Emerald Bay is easily accessible off trail and made for a refreshing dip at the end of the hike!

A perfect hike with popsicles at the end! We started up at the day parking area near the campgrounds. Loved the varying terrain and vegetation. Absolutely gorgeous views of Emerald Bay. It was warm so we stopped to swim on the way down and back up from Vikingsholm. We saw at least four Osprey nests throughout the hike as well.
And for the bonus round...once we got down to the Vikingsholm park center they had snacks and popsicles for sale! Sweet. After our snacks we took the extra .2 mile hop up to see Lower Eagle Falls, do not miss it!

hiking
7 days ago

Great hike. Lots of interval climbing, super fun...super exhausting.

A very pretty walk through the edge of the forest along the lake, and through the once-Summer-estate now museum. An added bonus is the giant Sequoia trees in the arboretum around the historic sites!

hiking
12 days ago

Vues magnifiques sur le lac Tahoe. Plages le long du chemin pour se baigner.

Gorgeous for a short walk to hang out at the water’s edge but not a good loop trip hike and not moderate (you have to climb huge boulders at one point and traverse a waterfall in another). If you want great views of the lake, do the difficult and shorter Tallahassee trail. The trail is not well marked as others mention so download the map ahead of time. About 1/3 is on paved roads, you have to walk on private property and walk through a camp (although they didn’t seem to mind).

Pros: gorgeous views & a nice public beach for lunch 1/2 way through

Cons: trail not well marked, some difficult and steep areas & not a trail for over 1-2 the way

Super fun hike. Hit the waterfall first and then a few of the buildings from the old resort. We found more spots to check out the river and swim as we went up. Good times.

A large portion of this is paved road. It was good exercise walking around the lake but that's about it.

hiked with my dog june 21 18. weather was perfect, lake was beautiful.

One of my all time favorite Tahoe hikes. Perfect for a little off boat excursion, and dont forget to jump off round rock.

26 days ago

long trail. beautiful views of lake. highly recommend.

hiking
27 days ago

Hiked this today. Many opportunities for beautiful pics. Hike was pretty easy, just long. Not too many people on the trail which was great. Weather was perfect and trail was easy to find thanks to this All Trails App. Would do this hike again.

off road driving
1 month ago

The Rubicon Trail is a 22-mile-long route, part road and part 4x4 trail, located in the Sierra Nevada of the western United States, due west of Lake Tahoe and about 80 miles (130 km) east of Sacramento.

The western maintained portion of the route is called the Wentworth Springs Road; it begins in Georgetown, California, a hamlet in California's Gold Country. The road continues from its intersection with State Route 193 toward Wentworth Springs, where the trailhead for the unmaintained portion of the route exists adjacent to Loon Lake. The trail portion of the route is about 12 miles (19 km) long and passes in part through the El Dorado National Forest as well as the Tahoe National Forest and the Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit. The eastern maintained portion of the trail is called the McKinney Rubicon Springs Road, and leads to Lake Tahoe.

walking
1 month ago

Awesome long walk along the water with small waterfalls, and a walk around Emerald Bay. Nice that you can decide to turn back whenever you want

hiking
1 month ago

You can’t beat the lake views. We just finished this trail (a little over 12m round trip per our FitBits). We wanted to take pictures every 5 minutes. It ended up taking us about 4.5 hours. The trail was mostly easy to follow. It gets a little confusing through the campgrounds and in the waterfall area, but just keep going and it connects. There are signs. Because it goes through the D L Bliss state park and campgrounds, you’ll see people throughout your hike. Inclines and declines were moderate. You get a break with flat areas throughout. Lots of shade provided by the trees. Perfect hike for our 1 day in this area.

hiking
1 month ago

Great trail. It was a cold day so there wasn’t another person on the trail. Quite an elevation gain. Arriving at Dardanelles was so beautiful! Great spots for camping too.

hiking
1 month ago

This trail has tons to see. Long, but very worthwhile.

Beautiful views but this not a “trail” per se. West side of lake is hardly marked and in some spots pretty treacherous. Had to shimmy down a trail near a small water fall and trail was hardly marked. Most of the trail follows or is on paved roads through neighborhoods so if you’re looking to get away, this isn’t the spot. West side of the lake is not moderate...the difficulty of the trail in that spot coupled with the altitude makes it tough. An out and back to either side for a couple of miles is moderate, after that, good luck.

2 months ago

Did this trail today. Camp group was closed so that added 1 mike each way to get to and from the trailhead. It’s tough coming back up but worth it! It rained during the hike and parts of the trail were slick. Overall beautiful trail.

Beautiful, long but worth it. You walk along the lake and there is a portion of the trail that it goes into wilderness .start early because to many people during summer..

hiking
2 months ago

Excellent trail with amazing views of the lake!! Runs along the cliffs overlooking the water and through some forested areas. Spotted many ospreys in the nests along the way! Will do again if I come back!

trail running
2 months ago

Great for trail running. No snow on the trails.

So this is definitely an awesome spot for about a mile in each direction from the trailhead. But it’s extremely hard to hike around the entire lake. I did it but following the trail to the left landed me trespassing. I walked about 2 miles on a paved road in a neighborhood. Someone stopped to ask me how I got there. Then I had to walk through a summer camp to get back to the trail. It was clearly marked from that point until about the 6 mile range in where it became overgrown and difficult to navigate. I wouldn’t recommend this as an all the way around the lake hike due to the trespassing, paved road, poorly marked trails and frankly in the summer it will be too overgrown to complete. But it was a super beautiful lake!

hiking
2 months ago

wonderful hike along emerald bay. we started with the lighthouse trail and then headed to vikingsholm. no snow on the trail, it was in excellent condition and after the clouds blew away the mountain peaks were on full display. A ton of wild life were active and the pileated woodpeckers let us get within 5 feet to get some fabulous photos. the water was greenish blue and Crystal clear. A fantastic hike before the crowds show up.

hiking
2 months ago

Hiked 10 mi on the Rubicon Trail! Sights are to die for.

Lovey easy walk with a bit of historic information about early estates on the land. It made me wish I got to visit the summer lake home with the Pope, family! Great views of the mountains that surround the lake. Also, nice stretch of beach for som sun.

hiking
2 months ago

Great trail for any visit to Tahoe. Beautiful lake views through the trees and some beaches along the way.

hiking
2 months ago

Since it is still early in the season, Vikingsholm is not yet open for tours. So for those who want to extend their visit to this part of lakefront Lake Tahoe, I would recommend this 1 mile out-and-back trek. Even though the Rubicon trail extends for miles in either direction, you don’t need to hike the whole thing to give yourself a different vista from where all the tourists gather. You can leave the crowds behind the well-paved section and breathe some hiking bliss into your system for not a whole lot of additional time or effort. The terrain is flat, and would have been categorized as an easy hike if not for some parts of the single track that you hike on are still slippery with snow (as of 4/22). But the views are so worth it. We got good weather so the aquamarine hues really showed through the clear lake water.

Awesome views of the lake on the whole trail. Leads down to a beach.

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