The half mile trail led down 400 feet from the parking lot to Vikingsholm which is situated at the back of Emerald Cove. It was a beautiful 2-story stone and wood mansion overlooking a white sand beach and emerald-colored water of the cove. Today, it is owned and maintained by the California State Parks and is open for tours (in season). Since this is not the season, we just peeked in the windows.
|Rubicon trail followed the shoreline|
|Boat camp about a mile from the house|
If you continue on around the beach past the boat dock area, you come to the Rubicon Trail which leads along the shoreline past Emerald Point and on to the next state park—D.L. Bliss. We followed the trail as far as Emerald Point (about 2 miles) and stopped there for a lunch break before heading back to the truck.
|Emerald Point, our destination|
Everything about today was fabulous—the weather, the hike, the views. I have a feeling every hiking day here will be just as rewarding.
|Emerald Bay, house is to the right in the trees|
Tomorrow will be chore day for me and Gene is taking the truck for regular scheduled service. It’s hard to say who will have more fun.
|The only island in Lake Tahoe is in Emerald Bay|