Bay View Campground

Bay View Campground is located near Emerald Bay and sits at an elevation of 7,100 feet. Opening and closing dates are dependant on the weather. Bayview Campground serves as a Trailhead for Desolation Wilderness making this campground an ideal place to set up a base camp.

Day hikers may pick up a day-use permit at the self serve area at the trailhead. Corral and seasonal watering facilities for horses are available at the trailhead. Water for the watering facilities is taken from the creek which usually runs dry by the latter part of July, August and September.

Make arrangements to provide your own water during these months. This is a first come first serve campground so plan accordingly.


Latitude: 38.946003 Longitude: -120.098752 Elevation: 6813 ft
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Maximum Campsite Spur Length

20 Feet

Maximum Number of People Cabin or Fire Lookout May Accommodate


Nightly Fee


Direct Link to Reservation Site

Non reservable

Driving Directions

North on Highway 89 from South Lake Tahoe, across from Inspiration Point/ Emerald Bay. 

Eco-Friendly Notes

This trail is easily accessible using public transit! Board the Amtrak Thruway Bus #3424, which departs daily from Sacramento Amtrak Station at 10:15 am. Travel through Placerville and disembark at the South Lake Tahoe “Y” Transit Center at 12:35 pm. If you didn’t bring your own, rent gear from Lake of the Sky Outfitters (walk across Emerald Bay Rd/Hwy 89, next to Subway)

At 2:05pm, hop on the Emerald Bay Trolley back at the South Lake Tahoe “Y” Transit Center and ride it to the Inspiration Point stop, just a .2 mile walk to the Bay View Trailhead!

For more information on Emerald Bay Trolley click here. 

Pet Friendly Notes

Pets allowed on leash.

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Contact Information

U.S. Forest Service Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit
(530) 543-2600
35 College Drive
South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150 US
Taylor Creek Visitor Center
(530) 542-2908
Visitor Center Rd
South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150 US


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