Granite Lake

#7 of 15 trails in Emerald Bay State Park

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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.

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Paul Honatke (1648)

39 Completed31 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 (180)

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 (294)

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.