Granite Lake & Maggie's Peaks

MODERATE 13 reviews
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Granite Lake & Maggie's Peaks is a 3.7 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Tahoma, CA that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is accessible from March until November.

3.7 miles 1706 feet Out & Back

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Maggies Peaks overlook the rapturous blue waters of Emerald Bay, Lake Tahoe, Granite Lake and Desolation Wilderness. Maggies Peaks are gateway pillars to Desolation Wilderness overlooking Emerald Bay, Lake Tahoe. There are two prominences: the north peak is 8,499' and south peak is 8,699'. The trail starts from Bayview trailhead and offers sweeping panoramic views on the way up to Granite Lake, and from the top of either peak. Allow 3 or more hours roundtrip. At the trailhead, make a right at the sign to Desolation. The first mile delivers steep elevation gains and the best views of the bay in comparison to points along the road. From there, the trail flattens out briefly where Granite Lake is tucked away in alpine forest. The southern peak of Maggies Peaks stands about 1000 feet above. After Granite Lake, the trail continues up a saddle in between Maggie's two peaks. At the top, you can choose which peak you'd like to summit; either will offer an amazing view. There is not a trail that goes to the top of either peak, but there is very little low lying vegetation, and it is easy to navigate. The trail begins to even out once you've reached the saddle, at this point, you'll head off trail up the slope to your left. You will also be able to see deeper into Desolation Wilderness, Middle Velma Lake and Azure Lake to the west. We had an impressive balcony that granted us limitless views of the surrounding lakes and of Desolation Wilderness. After returning to the trail, you can continue farther and take a right at the first fork. This will take you past Eagle Lake and Eagle Falls and terminates on the road just a short distance from the Bayview trailhead, or you can backtrack. Backtracking is a bit shorter and what we chose to do based on the amount of time we had. The Bayview trailhead also offers campsites for $15 a night and is managed by the USDA. Emerald Bay State Park Campground offers more amenities such as showers, sites with a view, potable water, and beach access for $35 a night.


9 days ago

hiking

Steep start but nice to have shade on the climbing. Worth the views, great half day hike.


14 days ago

hiking

Make sure to climb to the top of Maggie's Peak. The final 0.5 mile is steep, but it is worth it. On one side you have views of Desolate Wilderness and on the other side you have views of Lake Tahoe, Cascade Lake, Fallen Leaf Lake, and Granite Lake. On a cloudless day, this is a special hike.


22 days ago


6 months ago

hiking

I couldn't find Maggies Peaks on here, so I think is the closest to it. If you are in Tahoe during nice weather, I would highly recommend this hike! If you have lots of strength, climb all the way to Maggies Southern Peak (the higher one) and you will get stunning views. Granite Lake is a nice stop where we swam and cooled off before we continued onto to higher climbing! Enjoy :)


9 months ago

hiking

Steady, upward climb. Had lunch at Granite Lake and continued upward to Maggie's Peak. Definitely worth the upward climb. Spectacular views await..
Recommend trekking poles for the descent for those with weak knees though..


11 months ago

hiking

A lovely hike, moderate incline. Hardest part is at the beginning. If you're open to it, the tadpoles will bite the dead skin off your feet which is super fun :) Definite recommendation, and hike the extra 0.5 miles up to Maggie's Peak for some killer views.


11 months ago

hiking

It's a great little trail. You get a nice overlook of Emerald Bay around the half way point. Continue up to Granite lake, take a swim, have lunch and hike out. Parking at Vista Point is the hard part.


1 year ago

hiking

Medium steep. Beautiful views.


1 year ago

Great trail! Definitely a climb to get to the lake but it's a beautiful high altitude lake! Totally worth it, you even get to see a cool view of emerald bay. Did this trail right after the cascade falls trail and it made for a great work out! Make sure to bring lots of water.


1 year ago

hiking


2 years ago

camping

I camped at Granite Lake on the last night of a trip in Desolation. When I left there I was glad to be walking down the hill towards Tahoe as it is a long series of switchbacks down a steep grade. The lake is a nice place for a swim and great views.


3 years ago

hiking

Great hike! Granite lake is a secret spot not for fishing but for sun bathing and taking a cool refreshing dip after a long hike. The incline is steep to the top, but well worth the views and is well away from the main crowds of weekend warriors of hikers. Parking at inspiration point is hard to find on the weekends. Hence, weekend warriors....


4 years ago

hiking

What a climb! I would not rate this hike as easy at all. You are on a steep incline for a good hour from the trail head to Ganite Lake. Gorgeous views along the way make it worth while. After stopping at the lake for lunch we continued on to Maggie's Peak, which was approx. another hour of steep inclines. The views from the top are breathtaking. You can see 3 or 4 lakes to the east and overlook Desolation Wilderness to the west as well as look down on Eagle Lake.