A pleasant surprise was the dazzling display of wildflowers not far from Granite Lake. The trailhead serves the Granite Lake route and the Cascade Falls trail. In some sections, the trail can become momentarily unclear, just look for human markers (e.g. Granite Lake Trail—up to the junction with Maggie's Peak Summit Spur—is steep yet entirely doable. The trail is covered by snow. Had to keep an eye on the trail to make sure we are on the trail. The granite slabs are off camber but are an easier and much quicker route to take. Did it with microspikes, but it was painful. After the first 2 miles you will reach the top of the climbing section and be rewarded with an amazing view with Eagle Lake below and to the right. Granite Lake to Maggie’s Peaks gives you a bird’s eye view of the dramatic granite-topped mountains this region is famous for. Granite Lake and Maggie’s Peaks. parking lot was empty ish at 9:30am, but at 2pm it was full with families sledding and laying at the start of the trail. I hiked it today and had to jump up on the guard rail at one point, lots of boozed up people on vacation not used to driving these twisty roads. Did this trail clockwise as an overnight backpacking trip, and had an incredible time! Parking is hard during the day. At the top of Maggie’s Peak take in the views of Desolation Wilderness, Lake Tahoe and Eagle Lake. I honestly don’t think this should be billed as a loop trail, bearing the road section in mind. It does suck that for the last mile it was on the side of the road in the blazing heat so I recommend to leave early as possible. Trail icy in patches, clockwise descent is more gradual. The Granite Chief Trail is a popular hike located northwest of Lake Tahoe. Soon you will reach another split in the trail. The trail is a steep climb, and offers several beautiful views. So cool! Be warned for people with sensitive airways... the thinner air + fire smog did in fact make things slightly harder on the initial climb and the smaller climbs after. Numerous lodges dot the beginning of the trail. Sometimes I would be snowshoeing and my pole would completely fall into the snow. Offering up awe-inspiring views of Lake Tahoe’s Emerald Bay, this trail is considered one of the most awesome short hikes in Tahoe. cut trees, stacked rocks, rock arrangements, noticeable trail work, footprints, etc.) No Showers. I think I've hiked trails rated "hard" that were easier than this "moderate" but very manageable and fun. hike itself was pretty nice, but lost the trail towards the end there on the last half mile or so of switchbacks to get to the peak, so do watch the GPS on Google maps or the AllTrails map. Take a journey on several beautiful Lake Tahoe hiking trails as we head into the backcountry. Length 7.5 miElevation gain 2,158 ftRoute type Loop Backpacking Camping Hiking Forest Lake Views Wildlife Rocky Among the foothills of the Granite Chief Wilderness sprawls the Five Lakes Trail – an absolutely stunning and contemplative hike featuring five beautiful alpine lakes.Although this is a … Along the way, the trail will contour along part of Upper Velma Lake. You will come down a pretty steep trail to get down there but the view coming down is jaw dropping. Just before the end of the trail you will cross a bridge over eagle fall. You can continue to the right where you will hike back down towards Granite Lake and the parking lot, or hike to the left to visit Eagle lake and eagle falls. There being the trail to Granite Lake. Enjoy huge views of Mt. Posts about Granite Lake written by TahoeMarmot. Tucked away in the bay and not visible from this angle is Incline Village, NV. It’s not technically in the Lake Tahoe basin but is still part of the family. Thankfully, the weather wasn’t too bad, and although there weren’t any clouds in the sky, much of the start of the trail is shaded. Beyond that I wasn't impressed with the condition of the Eagle Falls trail above Eagle Lake and don't necessarily plan to go up or down that trail again. The first lake you see after Granite is an unnamed little hole, not Dick’s Lake. Unbelievable views of Granite Lake and 360 degree views of the entire valley (Eagle Lake and Eagle Falls). It is also the largest campground of the three along this stretch of the Truckee River. Going on a November weekday was incredible. Get there early!! I highly recommend camping there, only about 5 1/2 miles. Elevation gain and length made this a very challenging hike for us. The lake lies around 7,100 feet above sea level and there are several benches for open lake views and a quick rest if you might need one. There is so much to see on this trail I have no idea why anyone would go back thru Eagle lake and walk along an extremely busy road. It traverses Desolation Wilderness on the western flank, arguably one of the most beautiful wilderness areas in the entire Sierra, and completes its loop over Echo Pass and Relay Peak. Main Trail Summit. From short, two-mile jaunts to 11-mile treks, here are 10 great hikes to try. This hike provides a great tour of some of the best features of Desolation Wilderness. Someone ice skating on it. The Velma lakes have more camping choices, so it may be nice to hike straight there and continue the rest of the loop the next day. You are right next to the lake, the only downside is the bugs so do bring your mosquito repellent. It’s a much quicker pitstop. The snow after granite lake is definitely deeper, but as long as you stay on trail you shouldn’t have a problem. However, both GPS and the trail markers indicate it is 5.6 miles to the summit. Granite Lake, Dick's Lake, Velma Lake, and Eagle Lake Loop. All lakes along this hike are spectacular and are great for swimming. only saw about 5 skiers, and 3 hikers. The main drawback is the walk on the highway back to the Bayview trailhead and parking lot. this is one of my favorite trails. Bringing the skates next time! There are a number of small rock islands in the middle of the lake that you can hop between and rest to recover from the cold. Mental cobwebs cleared. On a clear day, you can see Lake Tahoe going off the horizon and the deep, radiant blue water of Emerald Bay. Nice trail. Great weather, well marked trail, barely any mosquitoes, and incredible views to top it all off. Granite lake is frozen and people were ice skating, so awesome. I'm going to agree with the sentiment that the last mile on the road is nothing short of a death trap. The trail from the junction to Eagle Falls was not very scenic relative to the rest of the trail. Beautiful winter day! All in all, we did 7 miles flat that day. The southern peak of Maggies Peaks stands about 1000 feet above. Lots of day hikers and a good number of backpackers. You can camp near this lake but if you do you will have more to hike the next day. Maggie's Peak, Eagle Lake, Granite Lake Loop is a 7.5 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Tahoma, California that features a lake and is rated as moderate. You can book permits here: Day 2/2: Tahoe Flume Trail, Lake Tahoe, NV. Stopped at Granite lake. Overnight permits are subject to a quota from the Friday of Memorial Day weekend to September 30, and must be carried with you. Granite Lake at 1 mile is small but beautiful. Be prepared. After reading all the reviews describing the final highway mile as hell, we decided not to go to Eagle Lake and instead go the way we came. From the trail we could see the backside of Round Top. Took us 4 hours, 2 hr 15 min up and the rest down. The trail itself begins from Bayview trailhead and is a trail of a modest length of about 3.5 miles. We started around 11am and reached the saddle around 2:30. The Bayview trail starts at the end of the Bayview Campground opposite … Overall, this was a very easy backpacking trip to me and was absolutely stunning. Granite Lake is a quick 1.5 miles. This is the Bayview trailhead board. We were on the trail for about 8 hours, clocking in at 14 miles. It’s much easier in the early morning, 89 is mobbed by noon. First 2 miles is pretty brutal elevation gain, but then it mellows out nicely. After about 1 mile of uphill hiking you will be rewarded with your first view of Emerald Bay and Lake Tahoe below. Once at the top the rest of the ups and downs were easy to moderate. It is great for a 2-day, 1-night backpacking trip on a weekend or for a long day hike. Micro spikes recommended. If you follow the first sign post, you’ll take a long detour. Used snowshoes from the beginning to the summit & back to the lake. Granite Lake was totally frozen and views were wonderful on top of Maggie's Peaks. 15 Best Lake Tahoe Hikes 1. After a climb, we reached Granite Lake and stopped for lunch. In some sections, the trail can become momentarily unclear, just look for human markers (e.g. One of the more difficult Lake Tahoe hiking trails, this a hike in South Lake Tahoe. Maggies Peaks overlook the rapturous blue waters of Emerald Bay, Lake Tahoe, Granite Lake, and Desolation Wilderness. Enjoy a brief stop at Granite Lake, approximately ½ mile in, and continue up until you reach the intersection with the Eagle Falls trailhead, 2.8 miles from where you began. You will walk by this lake near the end of the hike. Potable water. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash. Rose to enjoy rushing waterfalls and 360-degree views of the surrounding landscape, including the peaks that make up the northern Lake Tahoe skyline. :). You will approach 2 or 3 other lakes as you are going around the loop as well, absolutely stunning. Make sure to start early if you want to complete the entire trail. EXPLORE LAKE TAHOE AT FIRESIDE LODGE . I took off a star for the leg of the trail that follows Hwy 89. We went on a Saturday. A bit long. Added Maggie’s Peak and was worth the steep climb per another rec.... as well as parked at Eagle Falls (thank you!). The Bayview trailhead also offers campsites for $15 a night and is managed by the USDA. Granite is a charismatic rock that composes the majority of the Sierra Nevada, including, of course, the Lake Tahoe area. Trail is well marked. Also, the winter route is 5 miles roundtrip. Between Tahoe City and Brockway Summit, the Tahoe Rim Trail meanders through groves of fir, cedar and aspen and across open hillsides covered with manzanita. There are several websites and even books that claim this hike is only 9 miles round trip. After dicks lake, you come across fontanillis lake, which is huge and there is a little waterfall, so gorgeous. 4. By integrating values of social responsibility, environmental stewardship, and economic prosperity, Granite has built infrastructure that improves the quality of life at Lake Tahoe. With six lakes along the route, you don’t need to decide in advance how far you want to go, just start hiking from the Bayview Trailhead and see how you feel as you go.! Go right toward Desolation. Continuing on the far side of the lake, more switchbacks take you up to a saddle. A trek through Lake Tahoe's Desolation Wilderness past several lakes including Granite Lake, Dick's Lake, Velma Lake, Fontanillis Lake, and Eagle Lake. but you absolutely might need them for the rest of the trail. Best visited after the snow has retreated in the summer, the Five Lakes Trail is one of the easiest and most accessible hikes in the Granite Chief Wilderness so you're unlikely to have this trail to yourself. However, if you do this trail in reverse, you will have the toughest time and it won't be easy, so make sure you don't start at Eagle Lake and try and do the full loop. views from the saddle were gorgeous, with clear sight of desolation wilderness and a frozen Eagle Lake. The SR-28 Trail involved constructing a three-mile, shared use path enhancing safety and mobility along Lake Tahoe's pristine east shore. Snow is still knee deep after Granite Lake, would recommend snowshoes. Had an issue with my position but updating on All Trails, it grayed out the position icon, but worked when I jumped out of the trail and then selected the trail map again. Amazing views and several awesome alpine lakes. Snow is knee deep after Granite Lake. Snow was everywhere! Opposite shore of Granite Lake. Granite’s (NYSE:GVA) SR-28 Lake Tahoe East Shore Trail (SR-28 Trail) project in Incline Village, Nevada has received the 2020 Construction Risk Partners Build America Award in Construction Management from the Associated General … Permit required but we couldn’t find out how to get one. The three-mile, 10-foot-wide paved trail takes cyclists from Incline Village south to Sand Harbor State Park, one of four Lake Tahoe Nevada state parks. For anyone reading the other reviews and are concerned about the hike up highway 89 when you exit the Eagle Falls trail head your concerns are justified: the Eagle Falls/Eagle Lake area is very congested by mid-morning through dusk making the walk up the road dangerous at best. The hike itself is beautiful and a great workout without being overly challenging. This gives you a little warm-up walk to the Bayview trail head before the relatively steep walk up to Granite Lake and at the end of the hike you don't need to walk on highway 89 to get back to your vehicle. None of them overlap the trail map on All trails. Granite Chief Trail, Olympic Valley, CA 96146, USA. If this lot is full you may be able to find some parking along the Hwy 89. The Granite Flat Campground is the furthest campground from Lake Tahoe, just a few minutes from Truckee. 7 hours out on a beautiful fall day in one of the most popular places in Northern CA and I had it to myself! Just head uphill. Parts of the trail are exposed and hot! Take a detour off trail to either of Maggies Peaks. There are a few trails and some off-the-beaten-path-routes that offer superb panoramic views of a wide and beautiful region. Views of the flank of Mailbox open to the right at 2.8 miles from the trailhead. We skipped Eagle lake/hike along 89, so we did a “lasso”. In the summertime, people gather at Granite Lake to rest and sun themselves. Granite Lake, Dick's Lake, Velma Lake, and Eagle Lake Loop is a 11.7 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near South Lake Tahoe, California that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail... 2. The trail is primarily used for hiking, running, downhill skiing, and snowshoeing. It has 51 total sites that can accommodate a few large motorhomes. the small lake in the middle of the trail looked frozen though or covered in snow. Love the trail. North Lake Tahoe Hiking Trails. it got pretty steep there for a bit and I should have doubled back to find the trail again but instead pushed through to cut back on trail. Getting to Dick’s lake is less clear. Dogs are welcome, but need to be under control. From the top of South Maggies Peak you will be rewarded with a 260 degree views of Tahoe, Cascade, Emerald Bay, and the Desolation Wilderness. The forest does not require wilderness permits for the Granite Chief Wilderness Area. Recommend looping around the lake on the Rubicon trail - there's some really tough riding there, and a good bit of hike-a-bike, but some incredible granite slabs to play on. Continue your upward progress until reaching a second junction and fork in the trail, 3.5 miles from your starting point. Along the way, the trail will contour along part of Upper Velma Lake. I was probably one of the only few hiked Maggie's Peaks after the snow storm last week. The lake is ringed by forest pretty much all the way around. Dicks and Fontanillis Lake were beautiful and the highlights of this loop. Situated in North Lake Tahoe nearest Incline Village, the Lake Tahoe Flume trail is carved into a steep granite spire overlooking Lake Tahoe, that follows the same path where wooden square-box flumes once delivered water to Virginia City in the late 1800s. After that was another strenuous climb up to Maggie’s Peak (technically not the peak but close enough). don't think you need permit. Not for the faint of heart. Almost kind of scary, so watch your step and have fun! we couldn't do all the loop so didn't do the Eagle Falls part, we'll have to come back. Offering up awe-inspiring views of Lake Tahoe’s Emerald Bay, this trail is considered one of the most awesome short hikes in Tahoe. There are a number steep sections, particularly near the beginning and end of the hike, but the views make up for it. The trail is public, but Cascade Lake itself is a private lake. After Granite Lake, the trail continues up a saddle in between Maggie's two peaks. The PCT also passes through the Granite Chief Wilderness in the north near Truckee and Tahoe … Beyond Granite Lake, there is a brief slog up Maggies Saddle. Aside from this, great hike, lots of vert and views. Very thankful to those that made the trail easy to follow and added steps in the harder parts. Temperature was good the entire way, shielded by forest, no wind. My wife and I found our limits. The views, the opportunities for swimming, and the ability to spread out away from other campers make this a weekend worthy trip you will love. Allow 3 or more hours roundtrip. Spikes are fine from trailhead to Granite as it’s mostly packed down & ice. Granite Lake is a hike in South Lake Tahoe and is in an alpine forest and is surrounded by flat terrain. Spikes would have been better between the lake & the trailhead but it was fine either way. The trail passes through a wind-sculpted landscape of trees and stone, and portions of the trail are carved straight out of the granite boulders lodged into the mountainside. Went for a dip in Dicks lake! The trail is very straight forward up to the lake however there are numerous paths leading up to the top. tahoemarmot Adventures in the Tahoe Wilderness Menu. cut trees, stacked rocks, rock arrangements, noticeable trail work, footprints, etc.) I think the phone recordings don’t pick up on the trail nuances and constant twists and turns. She convinced us to walk out in the frozen lake. The Tahoe Rim Trail circles all of Lake Tahoe, so there are plenty of opportunities to hike sections with varying types of terrain and views. Amazing riding and scenery. Mount Tallac Trail. Parking is located at the far end of the campground where you also have the option to hike to Cascade Falls. After climbing about 400 feet in elevation, the first view of Emerald Bay from the trail rewards you with the satisfaction of being above all the tourists and drivers below on 89. Soon you will pass by the side of Upper Velma Lake. Don't be disheartened if the trail is busy however, as the lakes themselves allow for plenty of chances for quiet and solitude. Granite Lake to Maggie’s Peaks gives you a bird’s eye view of the dramatic granite-topped mountains this region is famous for. The trail climbs steadily from Tahoe City into a mixed forest. first 1.5mi the ground was packed in so could do it without the snowshoes. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until September. Five Lakes Trail; moderate. After the first mile it gets significantly easier, and the views at the top and a swim in the lakes will make it all worthwhile. All in all, 10/10. The 10 Best Hikes in Lake Tahoe. Between Echo Lake and Barker Pass, the trail leads deep into the granite heart of the Desolation Wilderness, where cool blue lakes lie cradled in ice-polished basins. There were sections where we would take a few seconds to locate which is the right path. The trail passes through a wind-sculpted landscape of trees and stone, and portions of the trail are carved straight out of the granite boulders lodged into the mountainside. All in all it was just shy of 14 miles on my Strava and took most of the day. I took Jill, my brindle pitbull, on this hike in early November. of course, there's a big snow fall coming tomorrow, so you might need snowshoes for the full trail until the ground gets packed in. The first part of the hike is a very steep climb to the first view point. Although there's no formal trail leading to the top, the view is spectacular and one of the finest in Lake Tahoe. Lakes and rock mountains were beautiful with a variety of rocky and woodsy trails. Definitely park at eagle falls trailhead and begin your hike by walking up to Bayview trailhead. There are plenty of more or less secluded spots to take a rest on the lake coast. 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. Beautiful hike. Distance: 3 miles roundtrip. Incredible winter hiking experience. The forest setting is stunning with boulders, tall pine and random wildflowers along the trail. There are two prominences: the north peak is 8,499' and south peak is 8,699'. If you choose to continue to eagle falls (recommended), you will need to walk about 0.5 miles along the shoulder of Hwy 89 to each your car, but don't worry, there is plenty of room to hike there. For the more ambitious, the trail continues steeply up from Granite Lake to the ridge along Maggies Peak. The loop can be accessed from anywhere around the lake or surrounding cities. Continue another mile to a junction, and follow the trail right towards Middle Velma Lake. Granite Lake, Dick's Lake, Velma Lake, and Eagle Lake Loop is a 18.8 kilometer heavily trafficked loop trail located near South Lake Tahoe, California that features a lake and is rated as moderate. 1. This can barely be summited without snowshoes as of Dec 12, 2020. Mt. Microspikes were sufficient from trailhead to Granite Lake, after which it was snowshoe territory. Get there early to ensure that you get a parking spot, and print out your free permit in advance. To reach Granite Lake in Desolation Wilderness, start at the Bayview trailhead near Emerald Bay at Lake Tahoe. Be careful about parking, they tow cars left and right. Definitely take detours up to Maggie’s if you can. Would recommend snowshoes, not crampons. Beautiful day today. First 2.5 miles was a nice path with lots of switch backs but was 99% up hill. Love the quiet of the wilderness It’s 22 miles of dirt Nirvana through some of the most amazing scenery of the Sierra Nevada Mountains just outside of Lake Tahoe. You can go either way because you will eventually loop back to this point. Scenery at the peak could have been better if it weren't so cloudy. To your left you can see Lake Tahoe in the distance. From the trail we could see the backside of Round Top. - Make sure to get a wilderness permit for overnight camping from the ranger station before hiking. The Tahoe National Forest does not issue wilderness permits for the Pacific Crest Trail. It was a beautiful trail loved it, took my grandkids they managed well I highly recommend it. If you wind up getting tired early, there will be a lake nearby waiting to raise your spirits and the trail is easy to navigate. Granite Lake. West of Lake Tahoe, The trail traverses 17 miles of the wilderness, located west of Lake Tahoe and north of Highway 50 on the southern end of the lake. The hike up was pretty icy, I recommend some type of traction. Starting from the popular Bayview Trail, this route takes you past Granite Lake and Maggie's Peak before winding through the less-trafficked Tahoe backcountry. The walk passes quickly as you will have great views of Emerald Bay below. Arrived at Dick's lake around noon and did not see another person as I hiked to Fontanillis and Velma lakes, up to Maggie's Peak for sunset and back to Bayview trailhead by headlamp. Side trails and open slopes offer opportunities to explore cinder cones and ancient lava flows. Great hike, took about 5 hours total. It is pretty much packed down the whole way up. All visitors to the Desolation Wilderness require a permit, including day hikers, which are provided at designated trailheads like Bayview. Discover The Flume Trail in Incline Village, Nevada: A breathtaking 19th-century trail overlooking Lake Tahoe. After the peak is some much-needed downhill and a couple more miles to the junction. From here, you can continue on Granite Lake Trail on a mostly straight and flat trail for a bit until it starts to go downhill. Offices. Maggie’s peak offers beautiful vista of Tahoe and desolation wilderness with eagle lake below. There is little underlying vegetation or brush, so navigating this is relatively easy. But as long as you are hiking up the mountain, you're going in the right direction. At the trailhead, make a right at the sign to Desolation. Round-Trip Distance: 8.4 miles Elevation (Start/Destination/Gain): 6,800/8,699/1,899 ft Dates: 4/20/2013, 5/26/2013 Difficulty Rating (1-10): 7 Scenery Rating (1-10): 7 Directions: Emerald Bay is located a few miles north of South Lake Tahoe on Highway 89, also known as Emerald Bay Road.The Bayview trail starts at the end of the Bayview Campground opposite … We had yaktrax but micro spikes would probably work best. Sadly, many visitors don't venture beyond Granite, but a bit more effort will reveal infinitely more and a capstone view. But this trail is beautiful, the first two miles is quite steep(hardest part of whole trip) but after that its pretty smooth sailing. Few notes on the experience: – mark the lake edge and views of the long narrow lake surrounded by the textured peaks of Desolation Wilderness become increasingly incredible as you hike on. Completed Jan 11, 2021. highly recommend! Minus the area from Bayview to Maggie’s, there’s a lot of rocks and steps and stumps. Saw only 4 other people; 2 hikers and 2 skaters on the lake. After hiking down you will arrive at eagle lake, which is a popular day hike destination. Definitely stop at Maggies Peaks if you are going to do this trail, it's a nice morning break spot with a great view. Offices Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit Forest Supervisor's Office 35 College Drive South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150 530-543-2600 (It was freezing!) Though the immediate views on sections of this trail are lacking, the picturesque, reflective waters of Dicks and Fontanillis Lake render the overall sights stunning. In a hike of just an hour or so, there's a place at north Tahoe where you can reach a series of five wilderness lakes nestled in granite amid a … Night 2, we camped at Eagle lake, which is a bit more crowded but really pretty as well and bigger. That climb was definitely the hardest part of the trip. Granite constructed three miles of shared use path adjacent to State Route 28 (SR-28) along the shoreline of Lake Tahoe, from the Ponderosa Ranch to Sand Harbor State Park, including six bridges spanning 1,500 feet above tributary creeks, coves, and the lake shoreline. It’s far less “circular” than the map shows, especially on the back loop. The climb was mostly on or near the trail. The trail splits again about a half mile past this point, the lower trail continuing on the granite slabs (aka Indian Trail) or the upper trail through the Old Sluice. Snow was 2 to 3 feet deep near the top and not packed down. 5. Experience mountain streams, waterfalls, alpine lakes and stunning vistas as we travel through glacier carved granite mountains. Many people did not make it to the top. like they said, the view really opens up at the very top. But it was worth the effort. Trail was well marked and easy to follow. Beautiful hike! The trailhead is at the back of the campground parking area, the furthest point from Hwy 89. - After wet seasons there can be a lot of mosquitos in this area, so come prepared with deet and quick reflexes. It is downright dangerous. On the east shore of Lake Tahoe, the Chimney Beach to Secret Cove trail is a favorite among locals for its low difficulty and seclusion, with the ultimate pay off of beachfront access. 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