This first section is the only steep part of the tour and might test
the stopping ability of novice skiers. Once down, however, the effort
is well rewarded. Vikingsholm is an interesting side attraction and
worth a little time in its own right. From the mansion, find the trail
heading along the north shore of Emerald Bay. You'll enjoy views of
Fanett Island (Tahoe's only island) along the way. After you pass the
boat camp, the trail passes close to Emerald Point, giving a fine view
back towards Emerald Bay as well as across Lake Tahoe. The trail then
heads north moving away from the shoreline for a bit. The trail climbs
some as it heads over a small ridge then continues along the shoreline
of Lake Tahoe a hundred feet or so above the lake. All along this section,
views of Tahoe are worthy of John Muir's description of The Lake as
the "Jewel of the Sierra."
you near the end of the trail, it passes along an intimidating section
with overhanging rock on one side and a steep drop to The Lake on the
other. This area is best avoided during the winter as the snow may be
above the level of the railings installed by the park service.
Concerns: During the summer this area is inundated with people,
but the winter is a peaceful time where you might even find some solitude
along the trail.
Be aware of avalanche conditions above the the road when parking in the