The trail begins with a steep climb but it's worth it when you begin to take in the fantastic views of Emerald Bay and Lake Tahoe.
After resting and taking in this serene spot, head up hill for the next steep ascent. Eventually, you will come to some large boulders, (another good rest spot with views). The trail levels out again and as you look up to your left, you will see Maggie's Peak. At any point form there and beyond, take a left and start bushwhacking it to the peak. The reward is some of the very best views I have seen in the Tahoe basin with a fraction of the effort of some of the taller peaks.
A weekday after Labor Day was our ticket to having this day to ourselves...literally saw only a couple of other hikers on our way up. It was a chilly 37 degree start, but by the end of our short day, we were enjoying near perfect hiking temperatures in the high 60's.
In total it was a leisurely 2 hours up and 1.5 down. Total elevation gain was about 1,500 so relatively easy as compared to other 'peaks like Freel, Tallac and Ralston. Any beginner can do this and experience the awesomeness of a blood pumping hike in the woods combined with the reward of seeing the wonder and lay of the land from above.