Granite Lake & Maggie's Peaks

MODERATE 123 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.

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16 hours 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!!

17 hours 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.

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17 days ago

Fairly steep climb which only takes about 40-50 minutes to the saddle section. If you go left up the hill, around boulders (there is no marked path), you'll get to the top of Maggie's Peak in 5 minutes. The view looking over Cascade Lake out to Lake Tahoe is incredible!

18 days ago

18 days ago

Steep climb indeed. Only slightly over a mile to get to Granite Lake.

19 days ago

Killer climb right out the gate, views are amazing and a quick dip in Granite Lake made the rest of the hike perfect

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22 days ago

It's a difficult, consistently steep hike to the top but it is a great hike and workout with amazing views throughout.

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22 days ago

Superb. Incline is intense at points, wouldn't recommend bringing the dog unless it's used to pretty steep hikes with some points off trail

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29 days 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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30 days ago