Try Margaret Lake Hike! At a mediocre distance and not too much elevation gain your destination will be a very pretty lake. It’s quite popular to camp or fish at the lake as well, but my last experience was just a nice hike. The hike is only about 650 feet of elevation gain and about 2.5 miles each way. It’s a soothing trek with fun views throughout.
So, after camping at Silver Lake Mariel, Jillian and I decided to hike to Margaret Lake. It was about 8:30am when we started the hike from Margaret Lake Trailhead. There weren’t many cars parked there yet, so we did not have any problems parking in the free lot. We hooked Jill into her collar and were on our way. Of course I did not forget my Granite Rocx backpack! The hike starts down through sub-alpine forest over a rocky path. We continued along the path with clear signs marking the trail. While semi-following Caples Creek, we reached a point at which we crossed a log over it. We continued along the trail to then reach a section of pretty dense green. Once you emerge from there you will continue on a short path, climb up and over some flat rocks. The lake comes into view at that point. It’s elongated with a few areas to take a dip, and of course that’s what we did as it was great to cool off! On our way back to the car we passed several hikers, so try to get out there early to avoid the crowds. Overall, the hike is pretty flat, but there are some short, steep sections. Below are some pictures.
As I mentioned in my previous post, after the hike it was time for some food at the Kirkwood Inn. Once again, if you have not been there, make your way over there for some delicious breakfast or lunch. It’s one of my favorite places to fill up! Below is an old picture.
Margaret Lake Trailhead is easy to get to. It’s literally on the right just past Caples Lake. From South Lake Tahoe, drive towards the “Y”. Make a left at the “Y” and go towards Meyers. Make a left on Highway 89 or Luther Pass Highway. Continue until you reach the “T” and make a right onto Highway 88 or Carson Pass Highway. Follow this over the spillway at Caples Lake and just after passing the lake you will see the trailhead on your right.
The hike is not super strenuous and great for the family. The lake is not too big and surrounded by gorgeous mountains. We all really enjoyed the short hike. If that’s what you’re looking for, then Margaret Lake is a great place to cut up the trail. Have you hiked, camped or fished Margaret Lake? Leave a comment below! Also, follow me on twitter @sberei!