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Hike to Maggie's Peak, Tahoe

  • Bayview Trailhead (map)

-Hike to Maggie's Peak, Tahoe-


Carpool Policy


DISTANCE: 6.5 miles



TRAILHEAD: Bayview Trailhead (Emerald Bay rd, South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150)

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. We will be connecting this with a portion of the Azure Lake hike via Eagle Lake Trail to add an additional 3 miles. You may choose to go back the same way to keep the hike at 3.7 miles.

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 4 or more hour’s roundtrip.

The first mile delivers steep elevation gains and the best views of the bay. 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. We will summit Maggies Peak South, which is said to have the better 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. There may be some remaining snow left at this point. After returning to the trail, we will continue farther and take a right at the first fork. This will take us past Eagle Lake and Eagle Falls and terminates on the road just ¾ miles from the Bayview trailhead.

Dogs are able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Please don't forget your sunscreen, water, and your sense of adventure!


After the hike has concluded, we can find a spot nearby to grab some food before heading back


• $20 for gas for the driver (if you're carpooling; Exact change is appreciated)

• Comfortable shoes 

• Sunscreen 

• Weather can be unpredictable, so have layers that you can shed. Light weight pants are recommended.

• Plenty of water

• Snacks/Lunch

Earlier Event: July 14
Lassen National Park Hiking & Camping
Later Event: July 22
South Fork Rafting