Tree, Poison Flat, Carson Iceberg Lake Tahoe to Mount Whitney: Your Backpacking Guide to the High Sierras Yellow Flower
View of Tahoe appears climbing from the North to South sides of Fontanillis Lake.
Lake Tahoe appears as you climb from the North to South sides of Fontanillis Lake to Dicks Pass

 

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Southern Bayview Trail Junction
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Hike the Bayview Trail junction out to Eagle Falls or Bayview Camp on Highway 89

 

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Fontanillis Lake South
to

Bayview Trail Junction

Ah, Shit, this one just says, "Go Frk'n South." Yeah, sure.

Lay of the Land

As we climb 120 feet while hiking the .65 of a mile from the South shore of Fontanillis Lake up to the third Bayview Trail junction, the Southernmost of the three Bayview Trail junctions, we will pass by the North end of Dicks Lake.

 

Meeks Bay Trailhead
to
Bayview Trail Junction:
15.18 miles.

 

BayView Trail Junction
Northeast towards Lake Tahoe

Bayview Trail Junction to Eagle Falls Trailhead: 3.68 miles.

Bayview Trail Junction to Bayview Camp Trailhead: 3.68 miles.

 

Bayview Trail Junction South
to
Echo Lake Trailhead:
13.53 miles.

 

Schematic Map NE to Lake Tahoe Trailheads

 

We won't see it, as the North shore of Dicks Lake is hidden behind a thick swath of forest off to our right, our South as we turn East on our way up to the Bayview Trail junction from the South Shore of Fontanillis Lake.

Phipps Pass to Heather Lake
15 minute topographic backpacking MAP
South Desolation Wilderness
30 minute backpacking MAP

Meeks Bay to Echo Summit
Backpacking Miles and Elevations

We can tell when we're close to the North shore of Dicks Lake as there are many little well-used paths heading off to our right as the trail turns East, to our left from the South Shore of Fontanillis Lake, to begin the easy climb up to the Third Bayview Trail junction.

These many "little" informal paths over to Dicks Lake break off from the Right side of the Southbound backpacker's trail up to the Bayview Trail junction, and trails down to Dicks Lake branch off for a short distance South past the Bayview Trail junction along the Tahoe to Yosemite Trail too.

These little paths down to Dicks Lake continue to break off the main trail South past the Bayview Trail junction until the steepness of the terrain hiking up to Dicks Pass prevents access to Dicks Lake.

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The Southern Bayview Trail junction
Bayview Camp Trail, Dicks Lake, or Dicks Pass,

a confusing Junction...

Both of the trail posts here seems to have a Pacific Crest Trail emblem placed in confusing locations. This is typical of the PCT emblems in the Desolation Wilderness, by my reckoning.

But it's really simple: The trail East is towards Bayview, the trail South heads up to Dicks Pass, and the trail North heads to Dicks Lake and on down to Fontanillis Lake.

Unlike many segments of the Tahoe to Yosemite and Pacific Crest Trails the compass here lines up with the direction of the various trails.

The four way Junction Past Fontanillis Junction
This is the view looking East down the Bayview Trail in the background. The arrow is Pointing North towards North Side of Dicks Lake on the Pacific Crest Trail. Southbound hikers on the PCT-TYT-TRT veer right here towards Dicks Pass.

This is the Southern trail junction for the Bayview Trail, which leads around Maggies Peak to terminate at Emerald Bay and Cascade Lake.

The Northern Bayview Trail junction intersects with the Tahoe Yosemite-Pacific Crest trail between Middle Velma and Fontanillis Lake.

from the South Ah, Shit, this one just says, "Go Frk'n South." Yeah, sure.
Our view here of the PCT heading South towards Dicks Pass, behind the sign post, is a Right turn for Southbound backpackers. Hiking in from the East on the Bayview Trail means left for the PCT South, right for the PCT North.

Northbound backpackers on the Pacific Crest Trail will veer left at this junction to continue North on the PCT.

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The Northern Bayview Trail Junction

Desolation Wilderness

Meeks Bay to the Second Bayview Trail Junction

 

Trail Junction Elevation
8480 feet
560 feet above Middle Velma Lake.
910 feet below Dicks Pass.

Mileage North and South

15.18 miles South from Meeks Bay trail head.

2.86 miles South from Middle Velma Lake.

 

1.65 miles South to Dicks Pass.

13.53 miles South to Echo Lake trail head.

15.53 to Echo Summit

 

Mileage East

3.81 miles hike East to bail out to Bayview Camp on Highway 89.
3.85 miles to Eagle Falls at Highway 89.

I've got the distance from both the second and this third Bayview Trail junction from the Pacific Crest trail to their respective trailheads at Bayview Camp and Eagle Falls at roughly the same mileage.

Both the second and this third Bayview Trail junctions on the Pacific Crest/Tahoe to Yosemite trail merge about 1.7 miles East of their respective Northern and Southern junctions with the Tahoe to Yosemite / Pacific Crest Trails.

mileage and elevations

Have you hiked onto the TYT-PCT for a visit or a backpacking loop via Eagle Falls or Bayview Camp via this Bayview PCT trail junction?

These trailhead offer shorter ways into Dicks and Fontanillis Lakes, as well as the Velma Lakes, than our route South from the Meeks Bay Trailhead.

Check out the Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit permit page for links to every type of information about obtaining Desolation Wilderness Permits, the Desolation Wilderness rules, and its Summertime quota system.

Post your thoughts & experiences about the hiking options through this last junction to the Bayview and Eagle Falls Trailheads on the forum through the link below.

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North TYT-PCT: Fontanillis Lake 2                                  South TYT-PCT: Fontanillis to Dicks Pass 1

Discussion: Bayview Trail Junction heading South on the PCT

Okay, you confused at this junction? Good. I have been. Somebody gave away Pacific Crest Trail emblems, and it seems as if they put them on every trail post at this trail junction.

I understand the theory; that each side of the post that points up and down the PCT gets a marker. The problem is that the opposite sides of the post often don't line up with the actually location of the trail, and rarely line up with the compass. The trail that lines up with South on the compass is not necessarily the trail heading South.

But, just keep head'n frk'n South! The compass works pretty well at this junction. South on the compass is also South on the trail. Don't head East. Southbound hikers stay to their right to keep heading South.

We are going South and up, up to Dicks Pass, not East over the low rise towards Lake Tahoe, nor West down one of those "little" paths down to Dicks Lake.

Unless you want to. Then do so, by all means!

Topo Hiking Map
North
Meeks Bay to Dicks Pass

South
Phipps Pass to Susie Lake

Miles and Elevations

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Next page South: Fontanillis to Dicks Pass 1

Backpacking North

Trail Guide

Fontanillis Lake 2

Compass and map are your friends.

Backpacking South

Trail Guide

Fontanillis Lake
to
Dicks Pass 1

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