At the top you will climb on some giant boulders to see the view. I counted 4 lakes in my site. It was a clear day, so the water was bright blue. Kinda turns your tummy a little when you look down from standing on the giant boulders, but definitely worth the lookout…just don't fall :-O We all had some good laughs at the top and took some pictures (it was nice to get a legit pic of me and not just a selfie :) ). Then I left them since I had to get to my journey back home (it was already 3pm and I had a looooong drive). Going down was much easier. There were almost too many trails down to choose. It is very steep so if you have bad knees, I recommend walking poles on this hike. It's always nice to get pictures on the way down since you have a better view. There were a few spots I noticed on my way down that were great for picture taking, that I hadn't noticed on my up. If you like climbing holders, this is a playground for you.
The trail had a decent amount of people on it, but most just went to Granite Lake. There is camping past Maggie's, incase you want to make it a backpack trip. Finally got back to the car. There were no bathrooms there for me to rinse off in, so thank goodness for baby wipes :) However, there are porta potties there incase you need them. Cascade Falls is great if you have the energy to check it out. That trail is a tourist trap though, but the path is pretty wide to accommodate everyone.
I was so grateful to have stumbled upon this hike. I highly recommend it. It was very short, but gave me a good little workout. Bring water though as you will probably be taking a few stops to hydrate. Bring a swimsuit if you want cuz that lake will be very inviting :)
(I only have a few pics right now, but I'll try to post more soon)
3.5 miles total
1,750 ft elevation gain (that's in just 1.75 miles)
1 hour 7 minutes
moderate to difficult (short enough to make it moderate, but steep enough incline to make it advanced)
3 miles total
1,900 ft. elevation gain
moderate to advance level
|View of Tallac from Maggie's. It kept hollering for me, |
but I had to deny it my presence this time ;)
|Don't fall off the boulder. Those of you with vertigo, I don't|
recommend this ;)
|View of Granite Lake|
|View of Maggie's Peak from Granite.|
|View of Eagle Lake from the turnoff from main trail to Maggie's.|
|I could only fit 3 of the 4 lakes in the one shot. This is the main|
lake, then directly below it is Cascade, then to the right I am not
actually sure and I can't find out what that lake is called. Anyone know???
|Here's the shot of Lake Tahoe (and Emerald Bay), Granite (the smallest one)|
and Cascade. In person this view was breathtaking. To the right was that other lake.