Bayview Trailhead and Day-Use Area

Area Status: Closed

The Bayview Campground at Emerald Bay is temporarily closed for conversion to a day-use area, and parking in other nearby lots is in high demand. Please consider visiting Emerald Bay in the early morning or late afternoon for a more relaxing experience. The trailhead remains open.

Bayview Trailhead and Day-Use area is located near Emerald Bay on the South Shore of beautiful Lake Tahoe and sits at approximately 7,100 feet in elevation. Opening and closing dates are dependent on weather, but the area is typically open from mid-May through mid-October. Bayview serves as a trailhead for Desolation Wilderness.

  • Wood and charcoal fires are not permitted at the trailhead or in Desolation Wilderness.
  • Portable propane stoves are allowed with a valid permit.
  • A wilderness permit is required to enter Desolation Wilderness.
  • Day hikers may pick up day-use permits at the self serve kiosk.
  • Overnight hikers must obtain an overnight permit before arriving.
  • Bear canisters are required for all overnight visits.
  • Lake Tahoe is Bear Country. Before heading out on the trail, be sure to remove all scented items from vehicles and lock doors and windows. 

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Opening Date TBA; Currently Closed, No Restrooms or Trash Service; No Campfires (Wood or Charcoal)
Usage: Heavy
Restrictions: Wood and charcoal fires are not permitted. Portable stoves with an on/off valve are allowed with a valid permit. Bear canisters are required for all overnight visits.
Closest Towns: South Lake Tahoe, California.
Water: None
Restroom: Vault
Operated By: Bayview Trailhead is located on National Forest land and is managed by Tahoe Recreation.

General Information


Take Hwy 89 north from South Lake Tahoe approximately eight miles to the Bayview Trailhead and Day-Use area located across from Inspiration Point.

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