The drive alone is breathtaking. The secret trail however — rocks.
TAHOE EAGLE CAMPGROUND
After parking at the entrance to Eagle Campground, which is just less than a mile from the Emerald Bay Lookout Point, my companion and I walked through the green gate and took the road to the right and admired all the boulders that seem to grow out of the mountain. These are perfect sites for families to enjoy during their stay at the campground … enough to provide shade, climbing adventures and games of hide-and-seek.
A little less than a half-mile, I took a newly-rolled gravel road to the right and followed it through the forest. I was presented with panoramic views of Emerald Bay and Lake Tahoe. This trail is about a quarter-mile long and I could see Lady Blue in all her glory, the sun dancing on the water and making the snow-capped mountains appear to be mirror images of fun to be had.
I turned around and hit the paved road again, continuing to the right about an eighth of a mile and found the trailhead at the outdoor amphitheater. This trail is 1.7 miles to Vikingsholm beach, but there is a more spectacular beach 1.5 miles down the trail. One mile into the hike I saw osprey and their nest in a tall, dead tree that overlooked the lake and more rocks. It’s the magical boulders and rocks that make this hike so special.
I looked down and saw the special beach with the many shapes and sizes of rocks, from the size of a melon to ones that could have a boat quaking in its own wake. I picked one up and tossed it into Lady Blue. It seemed quite content to be given a drink of water. The reflections of grey and slate rocks danced along the water’s edge. I had to climb one. This was the perfect lunch spot. I reflected on how lucky I was to have this haven to enjoy and share. You could say it rocked.
Lisa Woodstock contributed this article and is a Tahoe resident and outdoor enthusiast. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Heavenly Mountain Resort will continue Friday-through-Sunday operations until Memorial Day, reported 8 inches of new snow in 48 hours Friday morning. Squaw Valley which plans to move to weekend-only operations after Memorial Day, reported 18 inches in 48 hours Friday morning.
The eighth annual SnowGlobe will get underway Saturday. The three-day electronic music festival brings more than 40 acts and thousands of event-goers to South Lake Tahoe each year.
The event is held at the community ball fields near Lake Tahoe Community College. Al Tahoe Boulevard will be closed to through traffic starting one hour before the start of the festival and finishing one hour after the festival each evening.
The annual SnowGlobe Music Festival was acquired by MTV last month. “SnowGlobe stands out with a unique mix of music, sports, and art that makes it a favorite among artists and its growing audience,” Chris McCarthy, president of MTV, said in a statement.
This year’s lineup includes Above & Beyond, Diplo, Eric Prydz, Rezz and RL Grime headlining among more than 40 artists. SnowGlobe will also showcase extreme winter sports demonstrations.
LimeBike electric scooter controversy last summer should be diminished in 2019. Those 18 or older are no longer required to wear bicycle helmets while riding motorized scooters. Passage of AB 2989, Flora allows motorized scooters to operate in California within a Class IV and Class II bikeway. Local jurisdictions may pass ordinances to allow motorized scooters on highways with speed limits up to 35 miles per hour. It is still illegal to operate a motorized scooter on a sidewalk.
Tom Cruise is in South Lake Tahoe filming the “Top Gun” sequel “Top Gun: Maverick.” Cruise is reportedly there for two weeks of filming with the film slated to hit theaters in the U.S. on June 26, 2020.
Heavenly Mountain Resort opened the Stagecoach lift on Thursday and opened the California side on Saturday. The tram at the California Lodge will be operating which will add an additional 60 acres for skiers and riders. 500 acres are open on the Nevada side.