Granite Lake & Maggie's Peaks

MODERATE 96 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

dogs on leash

hiking

trail running

lake

views

rocky

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.

hiking
1 day ago

Ascent is a little rough but worth the views. Bring lots of water. Amazing scenery all around. Swim at Granite Lake on your way down!

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2 days ago

If there was a category for Moderate/Hard, I think the ascent on this hike would fit in that category. Great views throughout. Was surprised to have a cell signal at the top.

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10 days ago

Quick high incline hike to granite lake. Set up camp and did a day hike to Maggie's Peak and Azul Lake. We were there 2 weeks ago and there was still some snow on the way to Maggie's Peak from Granite Lake but you can navigate around it. Really nice flat camping spots on the west side of the lake.

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21 days ago

Phenomenal views! A work out to get all the way. Still a little snow in places at the top.

hiking
22 days ago

Quite a trip up but well worth it as you rewarded with breathtaking views of Lake Tahoe and Cascade and Fallen Leaf lakes. Last third is still covered with patches of snow so finding that last trail to Maggie's Peaks is pretty much impossible. Use your judgement and just head up. Way back continue clockwise to complete the loop via Granite lake trail. It will be all down from the peak. Strongly suggest doing it clockwise.

24 days ago

There was still snow about 1/2 mile past the lake.

24 days ago

There was still snow about 1/2 mile past lake.

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