Bayview Trailhead Campground

El Dorado National Forest

Lake Tahoe + Northern Sierra, California

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  • Bayview Trailhead Campground.- Bayview Trailhead Campground
  • Bayview Trailhead Campground is just across the highway from Emerald Bay and Inspiration Point.- Bayview Trailhead Campground
  • Sites are nestled in a fir and pine forest.- Bayview Trailhead Campground
  • Typical campsite.- Bayview Trailhead Campground
  • Serving as a trailhead into Desolation Wilderness, Bayview Trailhead Campground is popular with both backpackers and dayhiikers.- Bayview Trailhead Campground
  • Campground horse corrals.- Bayview Trailhead Campground
  • Facitlies at Bayview Trailhead Campground.- Bayview Trailhead Campground
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Pros: 
Adjacent to some of Tahoe's finest hiking
Cons: 
Seasonal campground. Noise from Highway 89 traffic.
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Region:
Lake Tahoe + Northern Sierra, CA
Managed by: 
California Land Management
Pets allowed: 
Yes
Parking Pass: 
Not Required
Preferable Season(s):
Summer, Fall
Reservations possible: 
No
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Campground Description

Campground Description

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Bayview Trailhead Campground is an easy campground to miss because it is surrounded by many better-known state park camping options. Yet this campground offers an affordable first-come, first-serve option that offers direct access to a beautiful area of Desolation Wilderness above Lake Tahoe’s Emerald Bay, so it shouldn’t be overlooked.

With 13 cozy sites located across Highway 89 from Inspiration Point, the campground sees quite a few visitors during summer, most accessing the Bayview Trailhead. The Bayview Trail leads up to fantastic views of Emerald Bay, passing by Granite Lake and into the mountains of Desolation (the trail eventually meets up with the Eagle Falls/Eagle Lake Trail). Another trail from the campground leads to Cascade Falls.

Bayview Campground houses horse corrals near the trailhead (water for horses comes from the local creek, which typically runs dry by mid July, so plan accordingly).

As is the case with most campgrounds in the area, Bayview Trailhead Campground is seasonal. The campground is typically open from late May through October.

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