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Emerald Bay State Park

Hwy 89, CA 96145
+1 530-541-3030
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This spectacular bay in Lake Tahoe is best approached by hiking trails.
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  • Very good14%
  • Average1%
  • Poor1%
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Hwy 89, CA 96145
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"great hike"
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Reviewed yesterday

Most beautiful snow water Lake with blue and green water surrounded by pine trees. Multiple points offer majestic views, but do stop in the official view points. During rush parking at a nearby convenient location might get tough, but roadside parking is available. During winter...More

Thank AbhishekBharadwaj
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Reviewed 2 days ago

The overlook was crowded during the day and parking almost impossible, but early in the morning for the sunrise there was only one other car in the parking lot. The view was gorgeous, even when the smoke from the fires back in the Sonoma and...More

Thank wnterhawk
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

The drive in was gorgeous. The smell of the forest is calming. The sound of the falls is invigorating. So happy we did half a day here hiking upper falls, lower falls, touring Vikingsholm. One of my all time favorite places.

Thank BatchFam
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Reviewed 1 week ago

It is one of the most famous and beautiful place to visit in South Lake Tahoe. We went there around afternoon. Even though a bit crowded, it was worth a visit.

Thank pratikramdasi1
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Reviewed 1 week ago

There's beautiful views from the road, or you can walk down a long hike to get closer to the water. You can rent kayaks, walk around, and visit the castle.

Thank Mamateach760
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We hiked down to the Lake level and thoroughly enjoyed the views of the area. We were there to kayak. We had to wait for kayak availability so the kids rented a couple SUPs to keep busy in the mean time. They LOVED it! Seems...More

1  Thank John x
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Reviewed 1 week ago

But coming back up is more challenging. The whole route was a consistent grade and a road more than a trail, and we found a space at 9:30 that we paid our $10 and some of us used the portapotty before the trip down to...More

Thank 5inavan
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Beautiful spot for hiking and photography. Excellent at sunrise. Has parking near their scenic stops.

Thank Delmon G
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Emerald Bay is always scenic. Parking is difficult on weekends but on the weekday, Monday, there was plenty. Worth taking the hike down to the lake.

Thank Fin Y
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We like to take the lesser-known Vikingsholm trail (past the Eagle Falls trail) to get down to Emerald Bay. It's a beautiful 2ish mile hike down the mountainside with tons of tiny waterfalls (we counted 14) and gorgeous flora to admire on the way. We...More

6  Thank Jamie W
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Beeancs
July 2, 2018|
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Response from harrellshouse | Reviewed this property |
September is perfect. If water is too cold, I'm sure they will rent a wetsuit.
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tiffanieroach
October 8, 2017|
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Response from RKWh2o | Reviewed this property |
It is about a mile each way, but the slope is manageable if you take your time. The road is crushed stone, so you might even be able to use a stroller if it has large wheels. There were some mini water fall cascades along... More
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VidhyaKarthik
August 2, 2017|
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Response from Lisa S | Reviewed this property |
The lake water is cold. The weather at Lake Tahoe has been in the 80's BUT if you are on the lake and it gets windy it can become quite cold. We took a boat ride and it was 85 degrees but the wind kicked up and became very... More
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