Maggie’s Peak, which consists of two peaks North and South, is an easy peak to overlook in Desolation National Forest, near Lake Tahoe. But once you’ve seen the views from Maggie’s peak, Lake Tahoe to the east and the Pacific Crest Trail and Velma lakes to the west you’ll be glad you summited.
Trailhead: Bayview Trailhead on the southwest side of Lake Tahoe is the starting point for Maggie’s as well as one entry point for the Desolation Wilderness. The trailhead is about eight miles north from South Lake Tahoe on Highway 89, and parking is at the far end of Bayview Campground.
Trail Type: Out and back.
Distance: 4 miles
Duration: 3 hours
The Hike: The trail heads out from the parking area wide, and steep, but shortly after you begin, it rewards you with spectacular views of Emerald Bay. As you continue the trail will level out taking you past Granite Lake. In the summer, Granite lake is a great place to cool off (in the winter I wouldn’t recommend it).
After passing Granite Lake, will start up the switchbacks and arrive at the saddle between the North and South peaks. The south peak sits 200’ higher than the north. To reach the South peak you will climb 500’ in about half a mile.
Best Time to Go: Year-round! Each time of year has benefits and challenges.
What to Pack: Your basic essentials, lots of water.
Level of Difficulty: Medium, but don’t underestimate the steep sections!
Trail Highlights: The views of Emerald Bay, Lake Tahoe and Desolation National Forest are incredible. This hike holds a lot of bang for your buck.
Refuel: Sugar Pine Cakery in Tahoe City. As you leave Tahoe this family-owned bakery is the best place to satisfy your sweet tooth after a day of hiking. Or go beforehand and enjoy a tasty treat on the summit.
Carissa Logan loves her 9-5 job but lives for the outdoors. She is happiest when she is up on a mountain or deep in a canyon. She is the creator of Weekend Impossible where she encourages herself and others find the adventure in everyday life. Follow her adventure on instagram at https://www.instagram.com/carissa_adventurings/