Granite Lake & Maggie's Peaks

MODERATE 141 reviews
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Granite Lake & Maggie's Peaks is a 3.7 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Tahoma, California that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and trail running and is best used from March until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
3.7 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1774 feet
ROUTE TYPE
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. 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. 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.

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1 day ago

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2 days ago

Did this day hike recently and enjoyed every minute of it. Easy to follow and convenient parking at the trail head. Be prepared for solid elevation climb with relatively no flat spots until you reach Granite Lake where you can take a moment to stare up the lake towards Maggie's peak (south). Proceeded further up again to amazing 360 degree views of Tahoe side and deeper into the Desolation Wilderness side.

Would recommend. After returning and feeling like I could go a bit further I bypassed the parking lot and kept going the left at the trailhead to Cascade Falls. Worth the additional views for the relatively easy short hike.

hiking
6 days ago

For views of Emerald Bay, this has got to be one of the best lookouts. It is a steep but relatively short climb up to the top of Maggie's Peak. The small alpine lake is a great halfway point of the hike that offers a place to sit, cool off, or snack. Once to the top, you have great views of desolation wilderness, emerald bay, fall leaf lake, etc. great views!

Parking can be tough on weekends, go early!

hiking
7 days ago

Trail starts with some part walking in through the campground. There is a sign at the trailhead which says cascade falls and desolation. If you are planning to go for Maggie's peak, take desolation side. It's pretty streneous hike. Uphill all the time. We reached the top in about 2.5 hrs, we took our time through the trail. Coming down is very easy. Takes about 3 to 4 hrs. You get to see many lakes during the hike. Granite lake is so cool. Its really steep hike but rewarding views at the top. I would recommend it to anyone interested in good afternoon hike, lots of shade. Bring lots of water. Totally worth it! you will not regret.

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18 days ago

This is such a challenging yet awesome hike! It's totally worth getting to 8600 ft and get the views you'll see.

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19 days ago

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20 days ago

Epic views

hiking
21 days ago

Pretty tough trail but it's so worth the trek. Went to the very top and I am confident in saying it's one of the best views I've ever seen. It's pretty steep the whole time but nothing you can't handle if you take your time. Would recommend to anyone visiting and want to get an amazing view of a few surrounding lakes. Took a quick dip in the lake on the way up as well. You won't regret the hike.

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22 days ago

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29 days ago

You must be very fit to get all the way to the peak but it is well worth it. Took us about two and a half hours to get to the top and an hour to get down. SPECTACULAR views!

hiking
1 month ago

Straight up, the lungs burn, but its beautiful!

hiking
1 month ago

This trail is hard. Probably didn't help that I am 20 weeks pregnant. Lol It had incredible views and I highly recommend it!!

1 month ago

I didn't go all the way to Maggie's Peak but ended turning back where you turn from the trail to get to the peak. Steep hike but was rewarded with great views.

hiking
1 month ago