Glen Alpine Loop

HARD 6 reviews

Glen Alpine Loop is a 11.8 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near South Lake Tahoe, California that features a lake. The trail is only recommended for very experienced adventurers and primarily used for hiking, trail running, and backpacking. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

11.8 miles
2,290 feet

dogs on leash



trail running





wild flowers




1 month ago

Beautiful trail, lots of open areas and not much shade.
One lane road getting to and from so drive slowly for cars and boats coming opposite direction. Good size parking lot that still fills up. I parked on side of road about 0.3 mile out. First quarter mile or so of trail was a lot of seeded rocks on the trail, unavoidable. You have to pay attention to where you step.
A couple of spots had forks in the trail with no clear indication of where to go to stay on the trail. I couldn’t get GPS for Alltrails app so I just followed fellow hikers’ decisions.

5 months ago

Completely echo everything Lisa mentions below. Very slick at points on the way down and have to hike through thick brush. Fun hike but took longer than expected because the trail was fairly unmarked and unmaintained.

Sunday, September 04, 2016

This is a beautiful hike, but it's rated hard for a reason! Some of the trail markers are different than the names on the trail map so it's easy to lose your way. There are multiple lakes and a couple small waterfalls, even during the summer, and the changes in terrain are amazing, but the last couple miles of the hike are extremely steep and it's easy to lose the trail. I can imagine coming up from that end of the loop would have been even harder. At the very end there's a sign stating that it is not maintained, would have been nice to know. All in all it took us 2.5 hours longer than we expected, accounting for the times we had to turn back after going down incorrect trails. Be sure you leave prepared and give yourself plenty of time! If you do this you will be greatly rewarded. It was absolutely gorgeous and quite a work out. At the end before descending the steepest part of the trail there's a breathtaking view of both Fallen Leaf Lake and South Lake Tahoe. Happy trails!!

8 days ago

Sunday, August 06, 2017