Bayview Trail 17E041

Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit, California

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Bayview Trail (17E04.1) is a hiking and horse trail in El Dorado County, California. It is within Desolation Wilderness and Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit. It is 3.3 miles long and begins at 6,881 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 6.7 miles with a total elevation gain of 2,315 feet.
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Bayview Trail (17E04.1) is a hiking and horse trail in El Dorado County, California. It is within Desolation Wilderness and Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit. It is 3.3 miles long and begins at 6,881 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 6.7 miles with a total elevation gain of 2,315 feet. This trail connects with the following: Eagle Falls Trail (17E03) and Cascade Falls Trails (17E04A).
Activity Type: Backpacking, Hiking, Horseback Riding, Trail Running, Walking
Nearby City: Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit
Distance: 3.3
Elevation Gain: 2,315 feet
Trailhead Elevation: 6,881 feet
Top Elevation: 8,423 feet
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Driving Directions: Directions to Bayview Trail (17E04.1)
Parks: Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit
Elevation Min/Max: 6881/8423 ft
Elevation Start/End: 6881/6881 ft
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Recent Trail Reviews

9/5/2010
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We actually hiked from the Eagle Falls picnic area on the Eagle Lake Trail and then turned around on the Bayview trail back to the highway. It was a 3-4 hour hike for us, the ascend towards the top of the maintain was a bit difficult, but on descend onthe Bayview trail we had a magnificent view over Tahoe.


7/25/2000
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We did this trail as a three day pack, making camp on Upper Velma Lake. The initial ascent is rather steep (6,600 ft to 8,200 ft elevation change), and some of the first timers in our group found it rather challenging. Once you reach the crest though, you are rewarded with incredible vistas of Lake Tahoe. The trail then is a series of moderate ups and downs. The second day of our trip was spent exploring Dick's Lake, and hiking along the Pacific Rim trail. A couple members of our group hiked up Maggie's Peak. The views were magnificent, with panaoramic vistas of the Desolation Wilderness, beautiful Mountain Lakes, and some snow still on the ground, in late July! I wish I could attach a picture - we had a sunset on the lake that had all 18 of us mesmorized for a half hour. Day three, we made the return route - hard on the knees, but great for the soul!



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