After the beach, this route loops south toward the visitor center and makes a 15-minute, 0.5-mile out-and-back detour to the rocky base of Lower Eagle Falls. Follow the road behind the castle, heading north to retrace the uphill back toward the parking area.
This is a family-friendly hike, but save some energy for the uphill slog and, though there is drinking water in the park, consider bringing a bottle if you’ll be heading uphill in the afternoon sun. There is also a $7 fee for the parking area.
-Mapped by Kristy Holland
Trailhead: From South Lake Tahoe drive 2 miles south on US-50 to CA-89. Turn right onto CA-89 and drive 8.7 miles to the Vikingsholm Trailhead on the right.