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Lake Aloha via Glen Alpine Trailhead is a 11.1 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near South Lake Tahoe, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 11.1 mi Elevation gain 1,961 ft Route type Out & Back
Dogs on leash Backpacking Camping Hiking Nature trips Walking Running Forest Lake Views Wild flowers Wildlife Muddy Over grown Rocky
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Susie and heather lakes (Lake Tahoe) is a 10.6 mile out and back trail located near Lake tahoe, California. The trail is only recommended for very experienced outdoorsmen.

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Pov Poe
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Martha Jones
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HikingRocky

beautiful and long hike. well worth the effort.

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Amanda Mamo
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HikingGreat!

New favourite hike in Tahoe! The first 3 miles was rough but doable. Lots of switchbacks on broken granite and gradual incline. You then get some shaded area in the trees until the lakes. The back off lake Susie is so still and the rocky cliff next to Heather lake was fun to walk along. Lake aloha had very clear water. I went down along the rocks to explore and went for a swim. The water was cold! The way back was much easier. I saw only 3 ppl the entire trail on a Wednesday morning. There is only a small area for parking and the road in along fallen leaf was single lane and bumpy. It was cool to see all the houses right next to the lake. There are bathrooms at the parking lot.

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Zachary Taylor
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Backpacking

The trail for glen alpine loop is hard. If you break it up for a backpacking trip like I did 3 day 2 nights it is awesome only 5 miles a day. I camped at lake tamarack and Susie lake. Overall it was a great trip

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Dan Keene
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HikingGreat!Rocky

If you want to do this hike on a weekend it's advisable to get to the trail head before 7am due to parking congestion. The trail is in typical Desolation condition: lots of broken granite with some limited sections of smooth topsoil. I started about 7:30am and on a whim hiked to Gilmore Lake before proceeding to Susie, Heather, and Aloha. My Strava put me about 15.5 miles with over 2500' of ascent. The lakes make it super easy to filter water for the day and they are refreshing, if a bit chilly, on a hot day. Mostly backpackers on the trails so lots of friendly faces and people to chat with during breaks.

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Ida Taing
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HikingNo shadeRockyScramble

The trail is decent except for this one personally intimidating part by Heather Lake where the trail is carved into a section of rock and narrows greatly and has a steep drop directly into the lake without much to grab onto. (Trail at lakeside is raised from lake edge.) Cute tiny lakeside pool at Susie Lake and view of Gilmore Lake. Enjoyed seeing stars reflecting into Susie Lake. Also, bears!!!

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Bobby Vargas
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HikingGreat!

Very rocky but amazing hike. Mostly uphill, and can be flooded or muddy depending on how wet winter was. Bugs!

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Rose Holmes
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HikingRocky

Great day hike. As other reviews mentioned, it's about 80% rocks, tough on the knees and ankles. I took a couple meal breaks and helped someone find a lost dog; with lots of stops and wanders, it took just shy of 7 hours. Would love to go back and camp at Susie Lake. No service once you get to Fallen Leaf so download maps ahead of time if you want them!

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Abby Corson
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Marques Hill
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HikingBugsOver grownRocky

I did this trail 14-15 of July, We Parked at the Glen Alpine parking lot which I must say we got very lucky to find a spot as there were cars parking a 1/4 from the lot, We started at Glen Alpine Trailhead there’s a green gate that marks the start of the trail, it starts off with a beautiful waterfall and natural spring, the hike is moderate to start but quickly turns in to some decent switch backs as you head up, we eventually made it to the pct and to Susie lake which is a beautiful spot to take a break and soak it up then we hiked around Susie and headed to Heather Lake which is breathtaking with steep granite backdrop and some small islands I could have camped right there but we were permitted for lake of the woods (zone40) so we pushed on to Lake Aloha which is the Crown Jewel of this hike, picturesque lake with still a little snow on top of Pyramid Peak with the sun going down we decided that we had to make camp and picked a rocky point overlooking the lake, (if you plan on staying at Aloha I would recommend a freestanding tent as trying to find a spot where stakes can be driven is rare) we didn’t sleep much maybe excitement or Altitude idk but the night was long and we’re visited by little critters thru out the night, the sun came up and we packed up and headed out, contemplating rather to turn around and head back or to complete the loop we decided to keep moving forward. We hiked along aloha and into some forest where the shade was nice and the morning sun coming thru the canopy was beautiful we came to the next trail and just like that we were off the pct and headed to tamarack trail which is were things got interesting you’re still rewarded with beautiful views of Lake Tahoe, Fallen leaf Lake but soon the trail runs into 2,000ft Steep, Rocky, Overgrown waterfall where at times there is no trail, keep AllTrails open and Look for Cairns cause it can get pretty tricky but after awhile we could see the parking lot And I started to feel sad because I knew the hike was coming to an end we made it back to the car by noon, all in all this hike is amazing, beautiful all the way to the top, quite strenuous I carried a 20 pound pack definitely, rated as hard, but definitely worth the trek Couldn’t imagine doing this in one day unless I carried a simple Camelback and started at five in the morning I strongly recommend that you use this as an overnight stay at one of the Lakes And take your time and enjoy it. it’s moderately trafficked and probably 10 people camping at Lake Aloha Will do this again and I can’t wait.

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Jacob Herzog
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HikingBugsRocky

Gorgeous hike! Been wanting to do it for quite some time and finally was able to do an overnight at aloha! Would definitely go again.

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Taylor Smokey
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HikingBugsRocky

The trail was fairly busy for out and back. Bring plenty of sun screen and bug spray! There isn’t a stream running through the trail like it was the last time we came. It was dry the whole way up.

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Mallika Ranjan
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Went clockwise. Trail very easy to follow ( coming down keep an eye in AllTrails to help you stay on trail). Just one water source on the short route so keep that in mind. Start early. It’s hot!

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Camila L
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First mile on wide rocky road. Very well kept trail and easy to follow. Absolutely beautiful.

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Janet Janet P
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Hiking

Excellent hike. Lake Aloha is full and beautiful. Lots of mosquitos in the shaded areas and at Lake Aloha. We went up to the overlook to see Clyde Lake. Very pretty!

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Carolyn Raber
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Wonderful hike. Planned to only go to Susie Lake, but after lunch, continued on to Heather. Heard from backpackers that Lake Aloha wasn’t much further, so we went there, too. Beautiful scenery all day. Lots of snow on the peaks still but trail was almost completely dry. Super windy today so a bit chilly at times, but didn’t spoil the experience. Trail signs don’t always mention each lake on this route so best to look at a map first or have one with you. I wouldn’t rate this trail as hard. I’ve hiked a lot of trails much more challenging. Anyone in fairly good shape can handle this one.

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Michael Denisenko
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Beautiful hike. I went all the way to Heather Lake. Trail is in good condition, only a couple of muddy spots. Snow not an issue. All the creek crossings were easily done.

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Katy Storm
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Amazing scenery and views along this trail! The waterfalls are full and seemingly everywhere this time of year. Parts of the trail are still covered in snow: some north-facing slopes, the southern edges of Susie Lake, and snow fields climbing up to Heather Lake and Lake Aloha. We did not need microspikes and were fine in waterproof hiking boots. It really helped having hiking poles for the creek crossings, as they are really flowing right now. As previously mentioned, the trail up to Glen Alpine Springs is completely flooded. We chose to take the alternate route around the road in some spots. A few early blooming wildflower species were also out. Give it another month and there will be more color and variety. Bonus: NO mosquitoes (yet...)

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Casey Kuchnsky
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Trailhead completely accessible (road a bit rough but 4x4 not necessarily needed) though the parking lot fills up early. As stated in the last review, there is still intermittent snow once you get close to the first lake and it only increases, making for a strenuous and at times dicey trek. At this time of year, be wary of the melting snow pack (especially near the edges) and I would recommend a compass to stay on trail in the real snowy parts. There are incredible views of peaks, waterfalls, creeks, etc. all the way up to the rocky path to Lake Aloha. After getting a bit off trail in places and climbing the rocks at Lake Aloha this became about 18 miles RT for me. Totally worth every minute!

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