We have so many favorite hikes in Lake Tahoe, but this hike to Emerald Bay is an especially nice one in the shoulder seasons of spring and fall. I will never tire of this approach and view overlooking Fannette Island at the center of Emerald Bay, the only island in all of Lake Tahoe. You can just barely make out the small “castle” structure a top the island where ladies in the late 1920’s would be shuttled out to for tea. Even though today, it’s mostly a shell of an old stone building, I love imagining life back then on Lake Tahoe.
The hike from the highway above Emerald Bay to Vikingsholm Castle is a great one for families. It’s short, has stunning views and the turn around point is on the gorgeous shores of Lake Tahoe. The roundtrip is 2 miles and certainly doable for any age. We like to bring along beach toys and lunch for picnicking on the lake. You can add to this hike with a tour of the Vikingsholm Castle from June to September or continue up the path past the castle for a short hike to Lower Eagle Falls.
This hike is least crowded in Spring and Fall and heavily traveled throughout the summer. There are restrooms and picnic tables at the lake. Be sure to remember towels and swimsuits for this hike. Read on for more Family Hikes in Lake Tahoe.
ps. anyone else’s kids act like taking a family pic is the most annoying request ever! jeez.