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Granite Lake and Maggie's Peaks is a 3.6 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Tahoma, California that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, running, and rock climbing and is best used from March until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 3.6 mi Elevation gain 1,761 ft Route type Out & Back
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Note: as of June 2020, Bayview trail head is closed to cars - restrooms and camping are also closed. The trail is rated hard because it is steep all the way up. Pack lots of water, sunscreen, and bug spray. 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.

All visitors to the Desolation Wilderness require a permit, including day hikers, which are provided at designated trailheads like Bayview. Backpackers should obtain a permit at the Taylor Creek Visitor Center, $5 a night.

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Matt Monnig
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Nick Weeks
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Heart thumping lung buster

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Christina Vandivier
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So worth it! The trail is easy in the sense that it’s not super rocky or unstable, but the incline was rough! It’s ok though, you’ll just have hamstrings, calves, and glutes of steel. I I do think the trail is longer than 3.6 miles, but the view at the top is breathtaking and definitely worth the climb. Just keep going! am 2.5 months postpartum and out of shape, and could do this.

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Amanda Noice
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Beautiful trail with breathtaking view! The trail itself wasn’t hard, but the incline was challenging. Lots of scenic places to stop and rest. Highly recommend!

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Troy Coulombe
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connor farrell
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Hiked this back in August with the fires and things were still beautiful. I mapped it with my watch and it’s more like 5ish miles. Absolutely stunning though. You get great views of emerald bay on the way up, and then the four lakes at the top. Beautiful panoramic opportunity at the peak. Shameless plug: @cjfarrellphotography for the pano from the peak and many other adventure pics!

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Desiree Travels
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Jack Bray
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Great trail super pretty, lots of photo stops, didn’t quite make it to the peak due to lack of sunlight but got a beautiful sunset and many pretty views. Be prepared though this is a hard climb all the way up never really flattens out but I encourage you to at least get to the ridge where you can see the other side of what you’ve been climbing, well worth it

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Marilou AK
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Steph User
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Chris Lol
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Gustavo Prado Longo
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Nice and easy trail with a marvelous view. The top worthy the effort walking in high altitude

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Peter Mamola
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The hike up to the summit was challenging. However, there are several places to stop to catch your breathe, and enjoy a great view. I would grade this out on the easier side of hard. Would totally recommend!! Make sure you follow a map because it’s easy to veer off.

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Stewart Carnes
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Very beautiful hike. Drive through the campground to get to the trailhead / parking area. There are two trails at the trailhead. Take the right trail marked Desolation Wilderness. It’s a little over a mile to Granite lake. The trail climbs moderately through nice woods with view points of Emerald Bay and the lake. The lake is beautiful. The trail from the lake to the peak is a bit steeper and more rugged. When you reach the ridgeline, our trail takes a sharp left off the main trail. Recommend going forward another 30-40 yards to get amazing views of the valley, lake and mountains behind Maggie’s Peaks. Great views from Maggie’s Peaks.

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Lonnie Saechao
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I thought I had posted a review already. However I was at the top of Maggie’s south peak so it might’ve not gone through. Maggie’s peak does not disappoint. Sure during the hike you’d maybe regret or think about all the incline you’re doing or will continue to do. But,.... the views along the way to the top are amazing!!! Slowly Lake Tahoe opens up as you climb up and get closer to the peak. Views of the beach line, cascade lake, fallen leaf, Mount tallac and more! Sure this trail offers a great workout, but every inch on this hike is worth it when you reach the peak. I’m planning on this hike again and again when I’m in gorgeous Tahoe.

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K P
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Spectacular views, plenty of lakes, especially for a relatively shorter hike. It is steep up, but makes for a quick return. GPS said 2.4 miles on the way up, but we really walked around for some photography. No stops on the way down, and it was 1.8 miles.

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Sam Sansudsavat
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Steady incline, loose sand/gravels. Worth it. Took me 1hr exactly without any pack.

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Taylor McNutt
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Amazing. Get yourself up to Maggie’s peak- it’s so worth it. Pretty straight up the whole way with some switch backs and then down back. Quick ish hike for how beautiful

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Adele Bidet
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Katie Baumgartel
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One of my new favorite Tahoe hikes! Short and steep (though my gps clocked us at 5 miles RT). Beautiful the whole way up, with lookout points to emerald bay. Beautiful lighting first thing in the morning, though desolation wilderness was still shaded. Expansive views of Velma lakes, dicks. Trail was somewhat crowded for first thing in the morning. Don’t miss this hike! Great little workout and amazing 360 degree views.

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Aeron Hall
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Description was pretty accurate - short but steep, and very worth it for the views. Got a bit confused where to turn off the trail for the peak but eventually found the path other hikers have made. I’d agree with other reviews it’s longer than 3.6 out and back overall.

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Gina Brendley
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Amazing views but a very hard climb once you pass the lake

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Sarah Woodward
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Beautiful 360 views at the top. Steep climb all the way, but plenty of scenic spots if you want to take a breather!

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Amelia Rose
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Worth every step! Bring water.

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Sharon Johnson
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All up then all down! Beautiful

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Sandra Smith
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Matthew Collison
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Elena Filippenko
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Nicole Goodson
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