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Hiking & Walking: California > Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit

Quick Facts

Bayview Trail

Difficulty: Difficult
Elevation: Varies
High Point: 8,440 Feet (2630.9 Meters)
Length, One-way: 1 Mile (1.67 Kilometers) to Granite
Length, One-way: 4 Miles (6.67 Kilometers) to Azure
Length, One-way: 5 Miles (8.33 Kilometers) to Dicks
Low Point: 6,910 Feet (2154.0 Meters)

Satellite and Topo Map

General Description

This trail is located on the southwest shore of Lake Tahoe. Offering magnificent views of Emerald Bay and Lake Tahoe, this steep trail leads you up the side of Maggie's Peak into Desolation Wilderness. Stop at Granite Lake for a short rest along the way. In 2.7 miles this trail intersects with the Eagle Falls Trail. Corral and watering facilities for horses are available at the trailhead.

A wilderness permit is required for this trail. Day hikers can obtain a permit at the self-service stations located at the trailheads. Overnight users must obtain a permit and pay fees in person from a Forest Service office or the Forest Service Visitor Center.

Directions from South Lake Tahoe: Take Highway 89 north approximately 8 miles to the Bayview Campground across from Inspiration Point. Parking is located at the far end of the campground.

Seasonal Information:
Recommended Season: Spring through Fall .

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Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Backpacking Overnight permits from Forest Service required.
ICON Hiking & Walking Bayview Trail
ICON Horseback Riding Corral and watering facilities for horses are available at the trailhead.
ICON Viewing Scenery Emerald Bay, Lake Tahoe
ICON Viewing Wildlife Lake Tahoe Basin

Related Activities
Cascade Creek Falls Trail - This trail is located near the southwest shore of Lake Tahoe. Spectacular views of the 200-foot-high falls and Cascade Lake can be seen from this short trail.

Eagle Falls Trail - This trail is located on the southwest shore of Lake Tahoe. Leading into the heart of Desolation Wilderness, this steep trail offers majestic views of the Sierra high country.

More Information

Visitor Information:

Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit, 870 Emerald Bay Road, Suite 1 , South Lake Tahoe, CA, 96150, Phone: 530-573-2674


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