Glen Alpine Falls & Grass Lake Hike

Lake Tahoe Glen Alpine Trailhead

Added by Jake Young

Start at the Glen Alpine Trailhead near Lily Lake for an amazing hike to Glen Alpine Falls. This trail makes offers easy access to branch off to other parts of Desolation Wilderness.

Park your car at the Glen Alpine Trailhead adjacent to Lily Lake and southwast of Fallen Leaf Lake. Head west on Glen Alpine Creek Trail passing Lily Lake on your left. After a little over a mile and a half of trekking through the alpine forest and taking in mountain views, you'll arrive at Alpine Falls. Break out the camera, get the kids ready, and start snapping the photo for the family holiday card. After everyone has taken in the sites, head about another mile west to Grass Lake. Grass Lake is a serene setting to relax, refuel and enjoy yourself. If you're doing a day hike, simply head back to the car the way you came. If you're on a longer backpacking trip, you can head north on the Glen Alpine Trail, which will circle around Susie and Heather Lakes, eventually arriving at Lake Aloha.

Pack List

  • Hiking Clothes
  • Hiking Boots
  • Backpack
  • Snacks
  • Water
  • Sunscreen
  • Hat
  • Trekking Poles (optional)
  • Camera
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Activities:

Hiking, Photography

Skill Level:

Beginner

Season:

Spring, Summer, Autumn

Trail Type:

Out-and-Back

Distance:

5 Miles

Rating:

Features:

Family Friendly
Forest
Scenic
Waterfall

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8 months ago

Epic Beauty!

Wow. This Was An Amazing Trail With Epic Water Features And Rivers And Waterfalls. I Wish I Could Post Pics It Was So Beautiful!

8 months ago

9 months ago

Perfect afternoon Hike

Took this hike out to Grass Lake with my wife and it is officially one of our favorites. Every corner you turn holds breath taking views and it's a pretty easy hike so you can take it all in. The directions to the trail head are wrong but Siri knew where I needed to go. We ended up parking about a half mile from the trail head because the road in was narrow and congested but the spot we found to park was right next to another waterfall. The hike itself is primarily on rocks but very few inclines and could easily work for a family with kiddos. We'll definitely be back, hoping to go a little further next time to Susie Lake.

9 months ago

12 months ago

Great laid-back trek

Trying to pull up directions to this place can be tough. Google maps can't find it, and Apple maps will take you down the road to some neighborhood close by. We drove down Fallen Leaf Rd. to get here. Fallen Leaf HOA has a gate locked, so we couldn't actually park at the trailhead. We parked at the gate and hiked 3 miles up the road to the trailhead. From there, Alpine Falls was less than a mile in. Gorgeous view, and relatively quiet in the late winter/early spring. Great place to take photos, and enjoy a picnic.

12 months ago

Added by Jake Young

Adventurer, Photographer, Impact Investor. I work with companies that want to have a positive impact on the world around them.

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