Granite Lake

#5 of 15 trails in Emerald Bay State Park
Granite Lake is a 2.4 mile out and back trail located near Tahoma, California. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is accessible from March until November.

6.46 miles Out & Back 800 feet
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64 Completed15 Reviews

Steady, upward climb. Had lunch at Granite Lake and continued upward to Maggie's Peak. Definitely worth the upward climb. Spectacular views await..
Recommend trekking poles for the descent for those with weak knees though..

Nick Wilders

2 Completed2 Reviews

A lovely hike, moderate incline. Hardest part is at the beginning. If you're open to it, the tadpoles will bite the dead skin off your feet which is super fun :) Definite recommendation, and hike the extra 0.5 miles up to Maggie's Peak for some killer views.

Russell Gruber

12 Completed5 Reviews

It's a great little trail. You get a nice overlook of Emerald Bay around the half way point. Continue up to Granite lake, take a swim, have lunch and hike out. Parking at Vista Point is the hard part.

Matt H.

Medium steep. Beautiful views.

Nicole Leonel

20 Completed14 Reviews

Great trail! Definitely a climb to get to the lake but it's a beautiful high altitude lake! Totally worth it, you even get to see a cool view of emerald bay. Did this trail right after the cascade falls trail and it made for a great work out! Make sure to bring lots of water.

Ale Dominguez

2 Completed1 Reviews

Paul Honatke

40 Completed32 Reviews

I camped at Granite Lake on the last night of a trip in Desolation. When I left there I was glad to be walking down the hill towards Tahoe as it is a long series of switchbacks down a steep grade. The lake is a nice place for a swim and great views.

Johnny Walker

5 Completed3 Reviews

Great hike! Granite lake is a secret spot not for fishing but for sun bathing and taking a cool refreshing dip after a long hike. The incline is steep to the top, but well worth the views and is well away from the main crowds of weekend warriors of hikers. Parking at inspiration point is hard to find on the weekends. Hence, weekend warriors....

Tammy Katuin

10 Completed5 Reviews

What a climb! I would not rate this hike as easy at all. You are on a steep incline for a good hour from the trail head to Ganite Lake. Gorgeous views along the way make it worth while. After stopping at the lake for lunch we continued on to Maggie's Peak, which was approx. another hour of steep inclines. The views from the top are breathtaking. You can see 3 or 4 lakes to the east and overlook Desolation Wilderness to the west as well as look down on Eagle Lake.