Granite Lake

Emerald Bay, California 96156

Granite Lake

Granite Lake Professional Review and Guide

"Granite Lake sits in a bowl surrounded by mountains. Maggies Peaks, at over 8,500 feet, tower above the lake. Granite Boulders are scattered along the forested shoreline. Granite Lake is a great spot for picnicking, fishing, and swimming. The hike to the lake offers a postcard perfect view of Emerald Bay, Fannette Island, and Lake Tahoe, 2,000 feet below. Obtain a wilderness permit at the trailhead self-service station."

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"The 1.1-mile hike to Granite Lake gains a significant amount of elevation along the way, but the effort is well rewarded once you arrive at the forest-rimmed lake. Towered over by the twin summits of Maggies Peaks, Granite Lake is a picturesque spot for swimming in the chilly waters, angling for the resident trout, or for simply relaxing along the lakeshore."

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My daughter and I used this route as the beginning of our through-hike into Desolation Wilderness via the Velma Lakes and Dick's Pass and out to Fallen Leaf Lake. It is indeed a moderate trail for the average hiker. Switchbacks begin immediately on the trail, but it is a short hike. Granite Lake is a beautiful spot, but watch out for the chipmunks that want to share your lunch. Pick up a map and info at the Tahoe Visitor Center near Camp Richardson Resort on highway 89 in South Tahoe. If you're up to it, hike on up between Maggie's Peaks at 8400 feet to glimpse the granite expanses of Desolation Wilderness. Better yet,plan a hike into never regret the experience!

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Trail Information

Emerald Bay
Nearby City
Dog-friendly, Kid-friendly
800 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Skill Level
1.5 hours
Spring through Fall
USGS Emerald Bay; South Lake Tahoe Basin Recreation Map
Local Maps

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Nov 2018