Lake Tahoe is beautiful, so are pine trees, birds, etc., but this campground left a lot to be desired. I booked late so I got a teeny tiny site with the firepit on a slope surrounded by rocks...it was really difficult sitting around the fire. I walked the whole campground to see what else was there, and I can say that I really only found about 5 sites I thought might be worthy of the price. Most sites were small, rocky, too close to your neighbor and the road, unlevel, and did NOT have a bearproof food box. All that was left was a shoddy wooden bear box that was broken into long ago and never fixed (you can't keep a bear out of a flimsy wooden box). They managed to put metal boxes on some sites, but they should be on each site. Instead, they tell you to put your food in the trunk of your car. Most of the bathrooms (except for the nice new accessible one) were cramped and the sink's water faucet didn't work in the one closest to me (I figured out that I had to turn it off and on at the valve under the sink). Chipmunks and squirrels aren't too bad, but the blue jays will wake you up at the crack of dawn, and keep yelling at you all day until dark.
Here are the good points: The Rubicon trail to Vikingsholm was the best part, the hike was great and Vikingsholm was interesting. Water was close to every site and you could drink it.
I must say that I really expected more.
- Also Known As:
- Emerald Bay Campground Hotel Lake Tahoe (California)
- Emerald Bay Campground CA