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Bayview and Eagle Lake Trail Loop

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Desolation Wilderness

Bayview and Eagle Lake Trail Loop is a 6.8 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Tahoma, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from May until October.

Distance: 6.8 miles Elevation Gain: 1,929 feet Route Type: Loop

backpacking

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nature trips

bird watching

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wild flowers

13 days ago

This trail made me want to keep going deeper into the wilderness. The views are spectacular and for an hour or so I was completely alone. One thing, the distance and altitude on Google says 5.8 and under 1900' elevation gain.

Wow. Beast of a day hike! We hiked in early June and there was still too much snow to pass the second loop. We hiked 10 miles in total. I’d suggest leaving a second car at the lower parking lot so you don’t have to hike on the edge of the highway back to your car. It’s a very dangerous walk back up on the highway. Also suggest recording this trail as you won’t have cell service and the trail gets lost a lot with the amount of water coming down the mountain this time of year.

Went clockwise from bayview trailhead. First two miles good steep terrain and great workout with 1680 ft gain in 2 miles. Granite Lake at 1 mile is small but beautiful. Maggie’s peak offers beautiful vista of Tahoe and desolation wilderness with eagle lake below. Trail icy in patches, clockwise descent is more gradual . 7.12miles recorded, 3:40 moving time. Love the quiet of the wilderness

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10 months ago

Stunning vistas all along the trail. Lots of elevation but well worth it. Added on Maggie’s peak as well- highly recommend!!

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10 months ago

Parked on 89 halfway between the 2 trailheads. Walked down to Eagle Falls trailhead. It goes up and up and up! We saw snow not too far off. The two lakes are charming and the final descent has stunning views but is steep. The trail is easy to follow and well maintained. I wore Skechers designed for working in a restaurant. I was fine and glad to have lightweight shoes on. Just a tiny slip on the final way down. Hiking poles would have been great.

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Sat Jun 29 2019

Was an absolutely gorgeous hike. I did from Eagle Falls up and down to bay view. The upper stretches of this trail (near Velma Lake off shoot to Maggie's Peak) is very difficult to follow. There was still a lot of snow cover so the trail was lost a few times.

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Fri Jun 07 2019

June 7, 2019... The trail is really only open up until Eagle Lake from the trail head, unless you have crampons and maybe an ice axe. We talked to some hikers we met near Eagle Lake who went the opposite direction, staring at Emerald Bay View Point who said they had no idea there was so much snow, and that is was very difficult to pass. The section we hiked has varied conditions and occasional large steps. Overall, it is stunning. Hoping next month will be clear to do the whole loop. Note, Emerald Bay View Point to Eagle Creek trailhead is on a narrow section of highway 89.

Mon Sep 10 2018

greate trail!

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