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Tough hike, but the views along the way are breathtaking.

Such a beautiful and amazing hike. Great incline.

Loved this trail and would be an excellent place to backpack and set up camp! Beautiful views... experienced all this area has to offer weather wise. It rained, snowed, hailed and then it was like it never happened! Incline is pretty hefty first part of the trail. Coming down got to experience the sound of Bear. Never saw it though. Started at sunrise at finished at noon which was perfect because it was very busy then.

Awesome trail! Well worth the effort! My wife and I hiked it with our 3 daughters, 4, 8, and 10. Took just a hair over 2 hours to get to the peak. Absolutely breathtaking views. And the girls loved it. Best hike ever.

*signed well.
* it was $10.00 for me to park in the day use area to explore the biathlon trails.
*options to go to lily pond (+1.3 miles)& lost lake(+4.5 miles).
* water on the trails for the dogs.
* nice tahoe access if you cross the highway on the paved trail & see the mansion estate.
*easy, easy pleasant stroll.

Only saw one other person hiking in on this gorgeous September Sunday morning--very light traffic, especially compared to the much busier Five Lakes Trail at Alpine Meadows yesterday. Meeks Bay Trail is uphill and flat, uphill and flat. Five miles later you are sitting at a gorgeous alpine lake that we pretty much had all to ourselves. Lush, fern-lined paths interspersed with rocky steps made for maybe my new favorite hike! Ten miles round trip from where you park.

Beautiful hike! Elevation gain from the start all the way up! View from the top is spectacular!

Amazing hike. My Garmin clocked it at 4.5mi and about 1,400ft elevation gain...took us 3 hours round trip. Be prepared to climb - no rock scrambling but a lot of vertical starting at the trail head and going all the way up. Totally worth the work

This trail is great for overnight backpacking. Permits required. It climbs at a steady pace. Some parts are strenuous, for me at least. It was the boulder steps that got me huffing and puffing. I have little legs. I’m not all that athletic, 5’1”, and hiked with a 20lb pack. The scenery is absolutely gorgeous!! Lime green moss cover the trees, as well as lime green berry leaves cover the ground. Several running water sitings. Wild flowers. And of course, the lakes are stunning and peaceful! Great for swimming, if you can stand the chilly water. It feels great after a tough hike.

hiking
23 days ago

WARNING !!! THIS IS NOT A TRAIL!!! There is literally no trail here and the gps route actually cuts through posted property, its a complete bushwack route intended for skiing, following the gps there is absolutely no trail and the hiking is terrible, this route should honestly be deleted there is nothing there and its totally impractical for hiking period.

This was definitely a hard hike going up... It is very steep almost the whole way. My asthma wasn’t having any of it. But we made it to granite lake and it was totally worth it. Gorgeous lake, and amazing views on the way up.

Hard incline (for an inexperienced hiker), but worth it for all of the views. The trailhead is through the campground, and there is parking for it there, but it fills up fast. You can also park across the highway at Inspiration Point, and a lot of people park along the highway.

Granite Lake is a great place to stop and cool down (I saw people swimming too). A lot of switchbacks before an awesome view of Maggie’s Peaks, but the way back is all downhill.

Make sure to wear good hiking shoes with good tread, I was slipping and sliding in my sneakers (not well prepared).

Really enjoyed this hike. we started at 9am to beat the heat and traffic. The views are amazing.

Granite lake is such a beautiful lake. The reflection of surrounding trees on the green-blue water was spectacular. The extra hour or so hike from granite lake to Maggie's peaks was also totally worth it because from the top, I could see Lake Tahoe, Emerald Bay, Granite Lake, and two other lakes. We also saw an eagle fly upwards what we hiked for 2 hours in 10 seconds. This was overall a very impressive hike. Definitely elevation gain involved.

Beautiful bay views. Steady up and down so not difficult. Arriving on Emerald bay area, several spots for a swim on the lakeside. Worthy !

1 month ago

We’re from Texas. Elevation nothing. It was a gorgeous hike! We only hiked up to the lake, about 1.25 miles. However, we hiked around the lake to the other side over the little ridge there. Offers stunning views of Lake Tahoe. Worth the hike around the lake and up a little further.

backpacking
1 month ago

Beautiful, but there's a 600+ lb California Brown bear that's way to comfortable with people and knows how to bring down a properly hung bear bag.

backpacking
1 month ago

The hike itself is moderate and the trails are well kept. There was a bit more traffic than expected but the scenery is as advertised, beautiful. What did disappoint was the fishing at the lakes, specifically Stoney Ridge Lake. We saw a few decent fish cruising the shoreline early and late in the day, but we only caught a single fish. It was a very nice 23” German Brown on a fly rod but we threw everything at this lake, spinning rods with flys, spinners, we caught minnows and used those as bait (0 caught) and even power bait and worms. Very disappointing considering we had our 8-yr old sons with us on their 1st backpacking trip ever. Fishing was much better at the smaller lakes with Rubicon Lake being loaded with Brookies (8-12”). Overall, if you don’t mind seeing other hikers and if fishing is not your thing, this is a good hike. 4/5 stars for worse than expected fishing

Park down by the campground to avoid walking on the road... great views. Bring your suit for little beach swim.

Excellent trail with lots of varied scenery ending at a great little uncrowded beach

Absolutely wonderful mix of sun and shade and smells of pine with a swim in stony ridge lake to top it off. Mellow up and down. A new favorite.

Gorgeous views. Granite Lake is pristine and well worth the stop to swim and relax before continuing the climb. Definitely worth the push at the end for the panoramic views!

Brilliant hike. Did it with 3 kids (9, 12 and 15). My gps says 8km all in all.

hiking
2 months ago

Did this as a day hike with a stutdy 9 year old and a daypack from Eagle Falls starting at 8am in mid July. Steady climb for about 2 miles with great landscapes. As you descend towards the Velma lakes the trail crosses a stream, which I could imagine being easy to miss or inaccessible with higher flows. The trail gets within 200-300 yds of Middle Velma, you have to scramble through boulders to get to the shore which isnt too tough. Tried to fly fish the lake in a few spots but saw nothing. Heard the park service is clearing fish from these lakes to restore Yellow Legged Frogs, fwiw. Bring insect repellant. Passed many backpackers who had overnighted at Dicks, Fontanellis and elsewhere.

Great hike we have older children they loved it beautiful views

This trail is excellent.. We are not expert hikers neither do we hike often but it very doable. It starts off with a climb up so don’t take off at great speed pace yourself.. My husband has a bad knee but was able to do the whole hike., he did wear a strap. The views are wonderful. It was a Friday morning we started off at 10.30am got to Emerald bay for lunch walked up to Eagle Falls just behind the beach and we returned back to DLBliss at 5.30 pm after a short stop to dip our feet in the lake. I would highly recommend this hike....it is arduous and probably longer than I anticipated when we set out but so worth it. A great day.

this is not a trail for every one

backpacking
2 months ago

This was a great first trip of the year!! We hiked all the way to Hidden Lake, more peeps at lower lakes. The wind was crazy a couple nites, but it kept the relentless mosquitoes away. As we hiked out on the 6th we passed at least 30+ peeps hiking up. We did pass several dogs OFF leash and a couple on leash. Great family hike, backpacking trip

I started my hike were the Glen Alpine trail intersects. I was day Hiking. It was challenging. I usually do 2 miles per hour, but I found myself doing 1/2 mile per hour especially through the snow. The beautiful terrain deserves 10 stars but the Tahoe Basin management could help non-local hikers a bit on the Bayview trail. It was very difficult to follow. Be safe Everyone!

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