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Glen Alpine Trail

MODERATE 154 reviews

Glen Alpine Trail is a 6.8 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near South Lake Tahoe, California that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and walking and is best used from March until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 6.8 miles Elevation Gain: 1,338 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

hiking

walking

forest

lake

partially paved

views

waterfall

wildlife

rocky

Directions from South Lake Tahoe: Take Highway 89 north approximately 3 miles to Fallen Leaf Lake Road. Watch for bicyclists and other cars on this narrow, one-lane road. Continue until you see the Glen Alpine trailhead sign and turn left. Trailhead parking is across from Lily Lake.

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rocky
13 days ago

Fairly rocky at first so watch footing. wouldn't reccomend for small children. I had my 2 year old in her hiking pack but for the kids that want to be running around I'd probably not reccomend. Overall beautiful and no issues.

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rocky
22 days ago

I did this hike on 9/20/19. We got there a little before 9am and got back down around 2:30 pm. The trail itself only leads to other trails. We decided to hike to Gilmore lake after reaching the end. The trail is very rocky at times. The rocks are just large enough for you to possibly roll your ankle, so be careful. Although the hike up is a constant incline, it was very doable, not super strenuous.

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rocky
1 month ago

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rocky
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

This was a beautiful trail to hike, but a nightmare for any dog owner out there. $845.30 emergency vet bill later, this is NOT a trail for dogs! This trail is not meant for dogs due to rough terrain with the sharp rocks on their paws. Also, very limited shading. Especially for bigger dogs (I have a Bernese mountain dog). Definitely keep the dogs off the trail and save yourself the stress, anxiety, and money.

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bugs
1 month ago

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bugs
rocky
1 month ago

WARNING TO DOG OWNERS - be aware that majority of the trail is paved w loose granite. My German Shepherd was fine in the beginning but the trail to Lake Aloha was a lot more rocky than we expected. Just keep in mind their paws, maybe invest in boots. Also make sure you bring plenty of water/bring a purifier because there’s a good chunk of hike where it’s not shaded. Ps. Bring bug spray - a good one! Other than that, it’s a gorgeous hike. A bit of a climb during the ascent but the descent was a breeze :)

hiking
1 month ago

Great trail and amazing waterfalls from the parking lot on up. About half way up, they renovated a bunch of the 1880s structures up there and now offer homemade, stream-fed soda fountain with all natural ingredients, snacks and cold brew! It’s fantastic and proceeds go towards the non-profit that keeps it up. I’d highly recommend it.

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bugs
private property
rocky
2 months ago

Very scenic. Not sure about the posted mileage so best to be prepared for a bit of a haul. Lots of annoying black flies and mosquitoes esp at the higher elevations. There was no water on the trail as others have mentioned. An interesting drive to the trailhead along Fallen Leaf Lake which is one lane and heavily trafficked, so drive SLOW and be prepared for oncoming traffic. Enjoy!

hiking
2 months ago

Loved the hike. The only criticism is the first mile + is a heavily graveled and rock road. And in summer parking is difficult. But the views are great. Lots of small wildlife to see.

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bugs
no shade
rocky
2 months ago

*** ATTENTION DOG OWNERS*** Went on this trail 7/22 with my girlfriend and two dogs. Moderate to highly crowded, passing maybe 10-14 other groups on a Monday afternoon. Beautiful trail but majority is all rocks with an elevated log crossing over a pretty decent moving stream. I’m writing this review because I’d like to warn all dog owners that this trail may not be suited for your pup. Not only was it difficult to get the dogs across the stream because of the elevated log(we basically ended up swimming across dragging the dogs behind on leash) but our husky and our collie both burned their paw pads on this trail. We’re avid hikers who live in Tahoe, but with the uphill stair climbs and minimal shading the rocks and pebbles gave no relief. We ended up turning around and having to carry our 60lb husky on our backs for three miles until the fire rescue team reached us(shout out to the two guys that helped us, you were beyond amazing). All in all, would have been a nice little hike to beautiful grass lake, but I only recommend for two legged hikers, leave the dogs at home.

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rocky
2 months ago

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rocky
2 months ago

beautiful hike to grass lake.

hiking
3 months ago

Best route to start the Tallac summit trail to avoid the extreme rock scrambles. May take longer but saves your knees a bit more

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rocky
3 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

6/30/19 Came back 2 years after our 1st vist in 2017, still as awesome Overnight backpacking at Grass Lake Lots of water on trail still but not much bugs yet! Be ready to cross creeks on logs

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snow
3 months ago

06/12/19 Hiked this trail with a friend and we were planning to make it to grass lake but after this winter the first part of the trail is flooded and there are some creeks we had to cross which are running pretty high. Some people made a trail the followed along the original trail which was a bit of a scramble but not too long. It’s definitely peak season for melting and run-off. Unfortunately we were unable to make it to grass lake due to the glen alpine creek running too high and fast at the end. I definitely would love to come back in a month or so when it dies down. The views were incredible and so were the waterfalls! I’d suggest bringing shoes suitable for water or waterproof hiking boots. The water was a little under knee high in one area.

hiking
4 months ago

We left around 11 AM, beautiful day and headed to Grass Lake. Views are great, trails could use some maintenance in places and there is still a lot of water. If you hike this trail your feet are getting wet, no real way to avoid it. The turnoff to Grass Lake required a river crossing in some fairly swift and deep (over our boots) water. Several places where the trail is more of a stream and you are walking ankle deep. Still fun and more adventurous than some trails. The last five miles to the trailhead are rough and narrow single lane so it takes some time and caution to get through and avoid the cars. Lightly trafficked, saw less than 10 groups on a Saturday afternoon.

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hiking
5 months ago

Beautiful views, many waterfalls and a lot of water. We walked on May 11, 2019, all the feet were wet, as the snow only hides and all the paths are completely in the water, it is difficult to bypass them, therefore, waterproof boots are necessary. They did not reach the lake because of the snow. Having traveled 1.4 miles, every trail ended and all the rubble was snow, we were not prepared for this, so we turned back and forth. When the water comes down and the snow is back :)

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11 months ago

Hiked to Grass Lake. Quiet trail - only saw a few other hikers on the path. Extremely rocky which can slow the pace. Definitely recommend keep the map with you because the trail can be a little hard to follow at times. Grass Lake was peaceful - light breeze but relaxing.

hiking
11 months ago

Great trail. Rocky and flat in the beginning. Beautiful views at Grass Lake. Quick easy hike that one can finish within a few hours.

hiking
Thursday, September 20, 2018

This is my favorite trail that we hiked this year! I would definately do it again! It was strenuous but not to hard and so beautiful.

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Wednesday, September 05, 2018

The trail was nice and relatively easy. Itself the trail would only be 2-stars. The treat was coming across the soda spring and circa 1900 resort at Glen Alpine Springs with cabins and other buildings designed by Maybeck.

Tuesday, September 04, 2018

Walking on rocks the entire time, not very scenic. This has to be one of the worse in Lake Tahoe

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