||Trip Date: 09/02/2016
Distance: 16.0 Miles
Vertical Gain: 4100'
Group Size: 3
Hike Rating: Easy
||N 38 56.768 W 120 05.883
||Same as Start Coordinates
Highway 89 to Emerald Bay on the west side of Lake Tahoe to the Bayview
Campground parking area, directly across from the Emerald Bay
Inspiration Point turnout.
uphill climb during the entire hike, a long distance to the peak and
some class 3 climbing involved heading up to the peak.
||Moderate to High.
This is a popular entrance into Desolation Wilderness and
many of its most popular destinations. Get there early on a
weekend to find parking near the trailhead.
up from Bayview Campground trailhead, be sure to take the correct trail
on Bayview and not toward Cascade Lake. There are many
switchbacks along the way, and at one point less than a mile up there
is a magnificent overlook of Emerald Bay from just a little off the
trail. Granite Lake is just a little over a mile and a half up,
nestled into a little bowl at the base of the two Maggie's Peaks.
The trail eventually hits the saddle between the North and South
Maggie's Peaks a little over 2 miles in, levelling off for a short
time. The trail then bends west, and will intersect with the
Eagle Lake trail in another mile. Continue on the Bayview trail,
and take the junction to Dick's Pass around 4 miles into the trip.
From here the trail heads across open granite, climbing up
toward Dick's Lake before joining with the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) at
around mile 5. Turn left (north,) and switchbacks will lead you
up the ridge on the east side of Dick's Lake, offering views of the
summit you will be climbing to as you head up toward Dick's Pass.
At the pass is a small wood marker, and the trail continues on up
and over and then down for a short way before it then bends sharply to
the right (north) once again. At this point you will leave the
main trail and follow the use trail to the west which is obvious and
climbs up toward the false Dick's Peak summit.
To attain the
peak, stay to the left of the false summit, or you will be faced with a
dangerous rocky climb of more than 50 feet that is nearly vertical.
The summit is another 3/10 of a mile to the west.
this is a hike into Desolation Wilderness, you will need a day permit
(free at the trailhead) and the group size limit is 12.
||Our group at the trailhead, making sure we go the right way into Desolation and NOT to Cascade Falls.
a mile up the Bayview Trail, there is a memorable viewpoint just off
the trail to the right overlooking Emerald Bay.
||A view of Granite Lake from a little earlier in the summer, with South Maggie's peak high above.
junction to be sure to take to head up to Dick's Pass. Missing
this one will take you to the wonderful Velma Lakes basin.
||Lake Aloha with Mt. Price and
Little Pyramid in the background.
further up the switchbacks on the eastern side of Dick's Lake you go,
the better view you have of both the lake and the destination peak
||The climb up to Dick's Pass covers about 3500' of elevation gain from the trailhead, and there is still a good amount to go.
the crest of the pass you will suddenly be graced with an amazing view
to the south, of Susie Lake in the nearest foreground and Lake Aloha in
the back tucked at the base of the Crystal Range and pointed Pyramid
|Views to the north of Dick's Lake and Lake Tahoe in the far distance are just as amazing as those the other direction.|
the use trail toward the top of Dick's Peak, you have a view of the
false summit as well as Jack's Peak in the distance to the left.|
climbing up to a spot which we ended up stopping at for lunch.
The trail to the summit should skirt around this area to the
south (left side of this picture,) as the rocky terrain her is too
dangerous for climbing without equipment.|
Tallac is clearly visible nearly due east from the summit, and with a
telephoto you can see some of the many peak baggers who attain that
peak each day.|
the north, also with telephoto you can clearly make out the distinctive
Rubicon Peak, a scenic location where many Lake Tahoe tourist brochure
pictures have been taken from.|
the southern base of Dick's Peak are the (hidden) Alta Morris Lake as
well as the visible Half Moon Lake seen below. This is a
rarely-visited lake due to the access trail being relatively long and
only and in and out destination.|
||GPS track of the hike.