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Maggie's Peak

 4 votes

Length

4.0 Miles 6.4 Kilometers


Elevation

1,657' 505 m

Ascent

-1,656' -505 m

Descent

16%

Avg Grade (9°)

53%

Max Grade (28°)

8,477' 2,584 m

High

6,820' 2,079 m

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A short hike with a lake, optional swimming, and superb view.

Nick Wilder

Overview

With a combination of an alpine lake, swimming option, and the superb views from Maggie's Peak, this hike packs a lot of bang for your buck!
Features: Lake — Views
Family Friendly: Though somewhat steep, you get a lot of rewards for your efforts.

Description

From the Bayview trailhead, take a right (left is Cascade Falls Trail) and start up steep switchbacks. Before long - about a mile - you'll reach the wilderness boundary and then a ridge with big views of Lake Tahoe. You'll soon hit Granite Lake. The trail stays above the water, but you can trivially hop down to the lake for a swim, or this could be your destination if you're looking for a short hike. Continuing on the far side of the lake, more switchbacks take you up to a saddle.

From the saddle on the Granite Lake Trail, take a left on the Maggie's Peak Summit Spur and wander through open forest and boulders to the summit. Enjoy huge views of Mt. Tallac, the Crystal Range, and of course Granite Lake, Emerald Bay, and Lake Tahoe.

Once you've taken your time to appreciate your gorgeous surroundings, turn around, and head back down the Granite Lake Trail to return to the trailhead and your vehicle.

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May 13, 2018
J D
Apr 14, 2018
Aaron V
4.5mi
Aug 27, 2017
Angela Schneider
Elevation gain begins right at trailhead. Heart rate elevates quickly & stays elevated. 4.8mi
Aug 24, 2017
David Celichowski
4.6mi
Aug 22, 2017
Kelly Beskin
Aug 14, 2017
Dustin Major
Great hike! Amazing views to reward a steep, though short, hike. 4mi
Jul 29, 2017
Geoff Russell
Mar 8, 2017
Hannah Kornfeld

Trail Ratings

  4.0 from 4 votes

#6

in Lake Tahoe

#2173

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#6

in Lake Tahoe

#336

in California

#2,173

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