Hike Date: September 10, 2010
Distance: ~ 5 miles
Trail(s): Rubicon Trail to Vikingsholm via Eagle Point Campground
Where’s it at? Off Hwy 89 in Emerald Bay South Lake Tahoe, CA


This was a great late summer hike and my first time down to Vikingsholm. We did plan to take the “normal” trail down, with a parking lot just above Vikingsholm for $5/vehicle, but it was packed. Rich and I also didn’t mind taking a longer hike, and I’m really glad we did.

We hiked from Eagle Point Campgrounds which is southeast of the normal lot and hiked in through the campgrounds, which were closed for the winter, meeting up with the Rubicon / Emerald Bay Trail.

Very scenic trail with a number of great north-facing views over Emerald Bay and the trail was a decent distance with a very gentle grade. I suppose it was a little rougher terrain than the tourist trail, but it was pretty fun.

We took a paid tour on this trip with a docent who lived there for the summer, which I highly recommend. The building is definitely coolest from the outside, but on the inside it was pretty well decorated as well. We also had lunch at the beach which has a number of nice picnic tables and took a quick hike up to the lower Eagle Falls. All in all a great thing to do while in Tahoe.

Photos from Hiking Vikingsholm (click to enlarge)

Hiking Vikingsholm via Eagle Point Campground Hiking Vikingsholm via Eagle Point Campground Hiking Vikingsholm via Eagle Point Campground
Hiking Vikingsholm via Eagle Point Campground Hiking Vikingsholm via Eagle Point Campground Hiking Vikingsholm via Eagle Point Campground
Hiking Vikingsholm via Eagle Point Campground Hiking Vikingsholm via Eagle Point Campground Hiking Vikingsholm via Eagle Point Campground
Hiking Vikingsholm via Eagle Point Campground Hiking Vikingsholm via Eagle Point Campground Hiking Vikingsholm via Eagle Point Campground
Hiking Vikingsholm via Eagle Point Campground Hiking Vikingsholm via Eagle Point Campground Hiking Vikingsholm via Eagle Point Campground

Check out a snowshoeing trip along this same trail in early winter 2011.

Directions to Eagle Point Campground


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