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Northern California - Vikingsholm Castle Hike

Hi ladies!!! My name is Miriam and I’m an ambassador for GWH SF/NorCal and I’ll be leading this hike! 

If you are a registered member of GWH and have your punch card, don’t forget to bring it so I can initial it! If you’re not a registered member, you can find out more about how to become one and get a punch card of your own here:

As summer comes to an end please join me on this short but scenic trail to the national and California landmark, Vikingsholm castle in Emerald Bay! This is a short trail down to the castle where we can have lunch and mingle. There is also an OPTIONAL tour of the inside of the castle once an hour for $10 per adult, $8 per child (7-17 years old) and free for children under 7 or with valid college ID. From the bottom of this trail, there are many other trails (cascade falls, eagle falls, rubicon trail) within a short walk. There is also Fannette Island which can be accessed thru kayak or paddle boards which can be rented at emerald bay beach. So although our hike will be short I hope we can enjoy many of the activities Emarald Bay has to offer at one of South Lake Tahoes most scenic locations.

Trail name: Vikingsholm Trail
Location: Emerald Bay State Park in South Lake Tahoe, CA
Trail Rating: This is a GREEN hike on the GWH scale- It is a mellow hike and well-signed. It is rated as moderate on AllTrails
Vikingsholm castle site:
Date: September 30th
Time: 11am- 3:30pm
Distance: 2 miles
Route type: Out & Back
EG: 400 feet
Parking: Parking is $10 per vehicle, please park at the Vikingsholm Parking lot and remember that this parking permit is good for the entire day at any other California state parking area (in case you want to check out other areas of South Lake Tahoe) and carpooling is recommended
Carpool link :
Dogs: Not allowed on any trails in Emerald Bay State Park
Children: Yes (Know your child’s limits and take the distance and elevation gain into account, only you know what your child can handle)
Men: Yes this is a CO-ED hike
This hike is open to all hikers of all skill levels. We’ll be hiking as a group and nobody will be left behind.

As with all GWH events, you must sign the GWH waiver before attending – it takes less than a minute to sign, and once you’ve signed it once you’re good to go for all future meetups. 
GWH Liability Waiver:

Please bring at least 1L of water, appropriate footwear, sunscreen and snacks. We will be spending time by the lake so feel free to bring lunch and snacks as well as extra clothing and towels if you plan on getting into the lake.