Inspiration Point

El Dorado National Forest

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  • Inspiration Point.- Inspiration Point
  • Inspiration Point sits 600 feet above Emerald Bay's southern shore.- Inspiration Point
  • The vista is a popular tourist stop during summer months.- Inspiration Point
  • Walkways, intrepretive signs, and a viewing deck are included.- Inspiration Point
  • Morning view over Lake Tahoe.- Inspiration Point
  • Fannette Island rises out of the middle of Emerald Bay.- Inspiration Point
  • Sugar pines frame views of Emerald Bay at Inspiration Point.- Inspiration Point
  • Looking toward Jake's Peak rising above Emerald Bay from Inspiration Point.- Inspiration Point
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Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Breathtaking views of Lake Tahoe and Emeral Bay. Nearby hiking and camping.
Cons: 
Summer draws big crowds.
Region:
Lake Tahoe + Northern Sierra, CA
Congestion: 
High
Preferable Season(s):
Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
Day-Use/Parking Pass Required:
Not Required
Points of Interest:
Viewpoint
Dogs allowed: 
Yes

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Adventure Description

Adventure Description

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Inspiration Point is one of Lake Tahoe’s famed vista points for good reason; it’s view over Emerald Bay is nothing short of spectacular. A popular stop on the Tahoe tourist lap, you’re unlikely to find solitude here on a summer or weekend day. Visit during midweek in fall or winter, however, and you very well may have this stunning vista to yourself.

Located at the southwestern corner of the lake, Inspiration Point looks out over the tranquil and aptly named waters of Emerald Bay State Park. A nice viewing deck and walkway augmented with interpretive signage gives visitors fantastic views of the mountainous terrain surrounding the bay, as well the notable landmarks of Emerald Point and Fannette Island (and the remnants of its summit-perched tea house), and beyond to Lake Tahoe proper.

Inspiration Point is located across Highway 89 from the Bayview Trailhead Campground, the access point for both the Bayview and Granite Lake Trails. Restrooms are provided.

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