Back to index Bayview to South Maggie's Peak Hike
Trip Date:  11/02/2013

: 5.0 Miles

Vertical Gain: 1700'

Group Size: 14

Hike Rating:  Easy   Moderate    Hard    Strenuous
S Maggies Peak Route
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S Maggies Peak Elevation Profile
Start Coordinates:   N 38 56.768  W 120 05.883     End Coordinates:   Same as Start Coordinates  
Car Shuttle Req'd:   No Parking Directions:   Take Highway 89 to Emerald Bay on the west side of Lake Tahoe to the Bayview Campground parking area.
Hazards of Note:   Most of this hike is a very steady uphill climb, with a nice break point at Granite Lake about halfway to the top of the peak.  
Crowd Factor:   Busy, especially on weekends.  
General Notes:
Heading 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 a nice resting point and you can look above it to the west and see your destination towering high above you.
The last section to the top of South Maggie's Peak is easy cross country and there is a use trail that will lead you to the top.

Since this is a hike into Desolation Wilderness, you will need a day permit (free at the trailhead) and the group size limit is 12.

The group at Inspiration Point before setting out on the hike. Group at the start
Overlook vista of Emerald Bay. Emerald Bay
Kids taking a break on the trail. Taking a break
Dragging themselves up the trail. Heading up the trail
Granite Lake and our destination high above. Granite Lake
Heading up past Granite Lake. The group on the trail
Taking a quick break in the snow along the trail. Taking a break in the snow
The group closing in on the saddle between the two Maggies Peaks. Nearing the top
Checking out Eagle Lake far below the saddle. Eagle Lake far below
Taking a quick break before the final climb to the peak.
Resting up before the final assault
The group at the top of South Maggie's Peak. Group at the top
Many of the kids stumbling back down the trail in the snow. Stumbling back down
GPS Track of the full hike. GPS Track of Hike