Hike Date: January 8, 2011
Distance: ~ 5 miles
Trail(s): Rucion Trail via Eagle Point Campground
Where’s it at? Off Hwy 89 in Emerald Bay South Lake Tahoe, CA
Got to dust off my snowshoes for a short hike while in Tahoe in early Winter 2011. I had been to Vikingsholm once before along this same trail but during the late summer/early fall. It was such a good hike I had to go back.
I wasn’t really expecting to be trailblazing. You couldn’t see the trail and nobody had hiked it at all recently. In fact we thought we were following someone’s tracks until it led us in a circle almost back to the car where we’d parked it! I guess i’m not familiar with “easy” snowshoeing, it’s always been quite a bit more challenging than a regular hike to me, but I’ve never had the luxury of snowshoeing an area that already had a trail blazed either.
We did make one bad decision on the way in. You see Vikingsholm as you start getting close but I’d forgotten that there was a large inlet between the trail and the ‘castle’ on this trip and we just about broke through some ice and got wet. Finding our way around wasn’t too easy. I know we missed at least one of the few bridges that you cross on the way in this journey.
Tired and soaked (my partner didn’t have waterproof pants!), we ended up taking a different trail back this time. We took the Lower Eagle Falls trail which is fairly steep and was very snowed over this time. I’m pretty sure we deviated from the trail and were just climbing up what would’ve probably scared us had we seen it while dry…it was pretty steep.
Photos from Snowshoe to Vikingsholm (click to enlarge)
Check out this same hike to Vikingsholm along the Rubicon during a less snowy time.