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 is best used from March until November.
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. We had an impressive balcony that granted us limitless views of the surrounding lakes and of Desolation Wilderness. 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. Backtracking is a bit shorter and what we chose to do based on the amount of time we had. 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.
Fabulous views, and although a bit of a steep incline not too challenging and totally worth it. Definitely a must do. There weren't many people when we went but I can see it being busy at times
Great views, variety of terrain, and nice short hike. Only downside is that it is a VERY popular hike so you will be passing lots of other hikers during the busy season
If you are looking for a shortish hike that delivers a huge variety of landscape then look no further. Superb views of Lake Tahoe and Desolation Wilderness from the top, takes about an hour to hike up there and it is mostly uphill but not too difficult if yu are in reasonable shape.
Great workout. The top is worth every step.
Spectacular views! Great cardio uphill climb! And worth every huff and puff.
What a view!
Excellent hike! Stunning views from the Maggie's Peak and from the trail to Emerald bay, Granite lake, Cascade and Fallen leaf lakes and Eagle lake . Be ready for a rather steep uphill - 1700ft. Perfect hike for afternoon - the trail was mostly shady. Granite lake halfway to the peak was beautiful too. Worth uphill efforts. Downhill is very easy and quick.