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I think we might have done a different trail when we got to the trailhead lol. We followed the trail that leads east. Nonetheless, it was BEAUTIFUL and there was no one else there on a Tuesday at about noon! Perfect hike weather for us in November.

Beautiful hike and views. Did an amazing sunrise hike and the whole way up to the peak we got beautiful views of the sun coming over the mountains with the lake in front. Little steep at times but definitely a consistent incline. Top has a well worth it view.

Relatively easy hike for a group of four. None of us were in the best shape of our lives but the stop at Picnic Rock was well worth the journey.

hiking
9 days ago

Hiked to Grass Lake. Quiet trail - only saw a few other hikers on the path. Extremely rocky which can slow the pace. Definitely recommend keep the map with you because the trail can be a little hard to follow at times. Grass Lake was peaceful - light breeze but relaxing.

hiking
9 days ago

Love the history of the mansion. Be sure to read the info plates. Amazing views.

hiking
10 days ago

Easy trail. The water is crystal clear, and the scenery is beautiful.

Beautiful and easy quick walk. However, the signage is pretty atrocious and actually doesn’t make sense. I was unable to find a purple path! Just bronze and silver. Worth some quick fall beauty though :)

hiking
17 days ago

Great trail. Rocky and flat in the beginning. Beautiful views at Grass Lake. Quick easy hike that one can finish within a few hours.

Great hike. Good for kids and beautiful views at the end!

hiking
20 days ago

Absolutely wonderful hike. Great fall colors and views of Donner Lake.

Very serene walk through the forest in very well defined trail. Some beatiful views of the lake.

I don’t know if I’d rate this a ‘3’ in terms of difficulty. It is much easier than other 3’s as rated by this app. It feels more like a 1.5 or 2.

It’s a very beautiful hike with lots of lake views. We stopped by at Granite Lake for lunch and since it was end of fall, it wasn’t very crowded. The trail is well maintained. The views at various vistas are spectacular. I’d rate it between moderate and difficult.

off road driving
22 days ago

I drove about 2 miles up, I was short for time and wanted to hike a little. I hiked the road from then around summit lake about 1.8 miles.

Very serene hike in the forest . Moderate elevation in the beginning and then it's an easy hike. We went in mid October late morning and only saw 2 people the entire time.

Dusty but easy family and dog friendly trail with nice viewpoint of Lake Tahoe at top and on descent.

Not too difficult. Took 2 hours even though we stopped for some photos. The toilets in the parking area are extremely dodgy... Bring your own toilet paper!

10-15-18 Parking lot is closed, but it is only 1/4 mile to the trailhead. Cascade Falls is to the left and this trail (to the right) appeared to be labeled Desolation Wilderness. The notice posted at the trailhead stated that from 8-29-18 until 12-31-20 the Desolation Wilderness is closed unless you have a permit (see photo). THERE ARE NO PERMITS IN THE BOX. Cascade Falls was awesome!

I have mixed feelings about this hike.
The trailhead is somewhat easy to access (located at the very back of bay view campground). Limited parking especially on busy weekends.
You get incredible views of Emerald Bay from several view points on your way up.
There are lots of switchbacks on your way up. LOTS of elevation gain!
Granite Lake is lovely and a very nice place to take a breather.
There are two peaks:
The northern peak has better views of emerald bay. I did not see a clear trail to this peak.
The southern peak is about 200ft higher in elevation, has better views of desolation wilderness. The trail to this peak is very clear.
Dog friendly!

hiking
1 month ago

It was a pretty easy trail to take and the views at the bottom on the lake are amazing. I went on a Friday and I only came across 5 people the whole time

A little steep at some points, but views at the end make it worth it

The view from top is great!!!! Good hike for anybody

Great view from the top!

This is an amazing hike! Anyone with some hiking experience can do it w/o a problem! It drizzled all the time but we still enjoy it very much! On a clear day the views must be breathtaking as they were on a rainy day! I totally recommend it!

Great hike. Nice elevation climb but not too hard for kids. Amazing views and cool rock formations at the top. I carried by 3 month old in a carrier.

*easy easy.shady.
*beautiful views at top.
*nice get away when you have only a few hours.
*bring water for your dogs.

Spectacular views on this well groomed trail!

hiking
1 month ago

Great trail.. breathtaking views.. good for solo hikers as there is just the right amount of foot traffic.

hiking
1 month ago

This is my favorite trail that we hiked this year! I would definately do it again! It was strenuous but not to hard and so beautiful.

Great hike.

Lovely 4 mile loop trail. well marked. Closer to easy side of moderate. Entire trail on dirt forest road. Easy footing, mostly hard packed dirt and some rocks. Heavily treed, occasional views of Lake Tahoe. Make sure to sidetrack to creek edge on ascent to catch some lake views. Hiked week day mid-Sept. no other hikers; couple of bikers passed us, and saw others crossing ahead on a mtn bike path. Entrance road NOT MARKED off Highway 28. Turn in at Tamarack Lodge and stay to left, passing a right fork to a ranch. then easy parking at trailhead.

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