• Activities:

    Running, Fitness

  • Skill Level:

    Beginner

  • Season:

    Spring, Summer, Autumn

  • Trail Type:

    Loop

  • RT Distance:

    10 Miles

Bathrooms
Easy Parking
Lake

10mi loopIt can be run at a shorter out-and-back, but is suited for trail runners of all levelsThe run can begin at either the Vikingsholm parking lot at Emerald Bay State Park or near the entrance to the D. L. Bliss State Park Campground, both along State Route 89

If starting at the Vikingsholm Parking lot, then run north along State Route 89 for two miles to the entrance to the D. L. Bliss State Park Campground. (Please use caution while running the 2-mile stretch along State Route 89 between the Vikingsholm parking lot and D. L. Bliss State Park Campground).

Once you reach the entrance to the campground, or if starting at that point, then run down the campground road towards the Lake. At the end of the road (bathrooms available) runners will find the northern end of the Rubicon Trail. This single-track trail parallels the edge of Lake Tahoe’s west shore. Runners will pass Tahoe’s deepest known depth (1645 feet) at a stone’s throw from the shoreline and several Osprey nests and a Bald Eagle Nest (all normally occupied in the late spring, early summer) and the highest (elevation-wise) lighthouse in the United States. Eventually you’ll find yourself running along the north side of Emerald Bay with Fanette Island as its centerpiece. Just as you reach Vikingsholm at the west end of Emerald Bay, you’ll take the Vikingsholm Trail back to the parking lot at SR89. Source

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  • Sun block
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Running or walking this is such an excellent trail. Beautiful vistas views from the South West Shore lake. Definite a must see.

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Tahoe Mountain Milers

It is our goal to provide a wide cross-section of running opportunities for residents and visitors of Lake Tahoe and Western Nevada. TMMRC membership is open to all - slow, fast, beginners, veterans, low mileage, ultra runners, walkers or anyone who is interested in running and related health activities. The Tahoe Mountain Milers Running Club invites you to run with us in beautiful Lake Tahoe and Carson City, Nevada USA. We are a proud member of the Road Runners Club of America (RRCA) and we sponsor running events and races year round. In the winter most of our club runs are held in the valleys of Western Nevada. In the summer, most of our weekend runs are held in the mountains surrounding Lake Tahoe. Lake Tahoe and Carson Valley offer hundreds of miles of trail running with some of the most spectacular views on earth.

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