Note: posted 19 days post-outing.
Twice now we’ve gone to the Emerald Bay trailheads on lake Tahoe to hike or climb and instead found ourselves fleeing crowds, mayhem, and full parking lots. A visit from our friend Peter prompts us to get up early on a chilly day to beat the rush and explore the area unmolested. Of course we also get an icy trail to contend with.
We brave the ice as far as Eagle Lake, a pretty spot.
The descent is made even more treacherous by distracting views.
I learn that trees can be huggers too.
If you find a tree with a portal to another dimension, you’ll have nothing but trouble until you seal it off.
We look out at Fannette Island in Emerald Bay with a little stone tea house on top.
There’s an old Scandinavian-inspired summer mansion known as Vikingsholm here, built in 1929 and now part of Emerald Bay State Park. It’s full of interesting details. There is sod roofing, intricate masonry, stained glass, and detailed wood carving to admire.
4 responses to “Eagle Lake and Vikingsholm”
Hey, I’ve been to Emerald Bay State Park! I visited a friend at Lake Tahoe many years ago and he brought me there. I remember the huge Jeffrey Pines especially.
I keep wondering why the trees are so big here, but the best answer I’ve been able to find is an attribution to cool, wet winters and warm, dry summers.
There’s a fun site that registers biggest trees by species. Quite a few are nearby, especially conifers.
Fantastic. I have got to do that hike some day. Beautiful scenery and Vikingsholm looks delightful.
So what is really up with the blocked tree? Were they trying to support it to keep it alive?
Get there early when you go!
Really I have no clue what’s going on with that tree. You’re probably right, maybe it was rotting out and they didn’t want to cut it down.