Lake Tahoe offers some of the finest hiking trails in the country, hundreds of hikers and ramblers make a trip to the area every year so they can enjoy the picturesque scenery of the lake and the surrounding area while enjoying their hobby. If you are interested in a hiking trip to Lake Tahoe then you should consider staying at one of the many Lake Tahoe hotels. Many of the hotels are situated within easy walking distance of some of the lakes hiking, biking and horseback trails. Below you will find details of 3 of the best hiking trails that Lake Tahoe has to offer.
Emerald bay is the home to the historic Vikingsholm, a totally authentic reproduction of the 800 A.D castle that was built in the area in 1929. The trail down is paved which is great for walkers but parents with pushchairs should be warned you will also be pushing the pushchair back up the steep hillside. The two mile round trip offers plenty of opportunities to enjoy plenty of wonderful views and there are also benches along the trail where you can stop for a well-earned rest or to take a picnic. When you reach Vikingsholm you can take one of the castle tours that are available during the summer. Prices are $5 for adults and $3 for children, there is no charge for kids under the age of 6.
You will find the trail head for Eagle Falls just across the way from the parking area at Emerald bay. There are two trails in Eagle falls one for the upper and lower falls respectively; the trails also cover both the Velma lakes and Eagle Lake. You will be able to see the lower falls from the trail head, a relatively easy one mile hike to the base below allows the opportunity to view a waterfall up close. The trail has some awkward stone steps so pushchairs are not really advised. If you are looking for a longer hike then you can continue along the trail for a further mile to spend the day at Eagle Lake, which offers water play and plenty of places for taking a picnic.
Rubicon Point and Lighthouse
Making the trip along this trail will give you the opportunity to explore a disused lighthouse which is located at the top of the trail. The trail is only a 2.5 mile loop and a relatively small 200 foot elevation. Steps that lead up the trail are carved into the naturally forming granite; the steps may be tiring for smaller children. The hike offers some spectacular views, however parents with children should be warned there are a number of places along the trail where the rock overlooks a steep drop so keeping the kids close is advised.
These are just 3 of the many great hiking trails that are available in the area; if you are staying at a Lake Tahoe hotel you should ask the staff about hiking trails in the local area, they will be more than happy to point you in the right direction.