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Mount Tallac Via Glen Alpine Spring Trail

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Desolation Wilderness

Mount Tallac Via Glen Alpine Spring Trail is a 11.8 mile out and back trail located near South Lake Tahoe, California that features a lake. The trail is only recommended for very experienced adventurers and is primarily used for hiking, running, and nature trips. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 11.8 mi Elevation gain 3,159 ft Route type Out & Back
Dogs on leash Hiking Nature trips Running Forest Lake Views
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Dan Richardson
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Great hike. The first view of Lake Tahoe after the relentless climbing is well worth the effort. An excellent alternative route to Mt Tallac and a longer hike.

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Bruce B. Cutting
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Steep, short, inredible view of entire South Lake Tahoe and Lake

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Jaime Hoover
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Such a good trail... started at 8:30am and finished at 1:30. Made it to the top, super windy but so gorgeous. A lot of bugs but barley any people.

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Dirk Nennstiel
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Great hike. A little less demanding then the Tallac Trail but a little more distance. Over all nicely graded only the last mile is quite steep. If you go early the mosquitoes will eat you. On my return about >100 cars parking all over the place and along the road.

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Brad Smith
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This is one of the coolest trails in Desolation Wilderness. Overall, it is just an enjoyable trail. Trailhead: Super easy to find. Although for about 3 miles before the trailhead the road is wide enough for only one car. So be prepared for that. Restroom at trailhead. About 20 parking spaces. No bear locker, so plan accordingly if you are planning on spending the night at the trailhead. Bugs: You will pass by several water sources and Gilmore Lake. Naturally, there are bugs and mosquitos nearby. Summit: Minor rock scramble to get to the summit. Not very difficult. Trail Condition: Very good. Trail location is obvious the entire trail. There is one sketchy part near Gilmore Lake. You can walk over the broken down log/retention wall, but be careful. Or you can find the alternative route that is about 50 yards back on the trail, but it is hard to find. However this route has a much easier stream crossing. Wildlife: I saw a bear in the meadow above Gilmore Lake, and there are signs (prints, poops, markings) that show this area is frequented by bears. Be careful please. Tons of porcupines near Soda Springs. I’d suggest keeping your dogs on a leash for the first couple of miles on the trail. Overall, I highly recommend this trail. This is a trail I will hike more than once.

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Katy Storm
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HikingRocky

This is my favorite trail up to the summit of Mt. Tallac. The wow factor when you round that bend near the summit approach, and the lake pops into view for the first time, gives me chills. It's worth it to scramble down along the ridge to the other viewpoints, as long as you are very comfortable on large scree (completely off trail). From the furthest point you can see down into Tallac, Snow, and Azure Lakes.

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Rachel Hoeppner
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This trail is the better trail up to Mt.Tallac given that the trail is defined most the way and the only scramble you climb up is to summit. This trail has lots of shade but of course with any hike you have your sunny spots. Be prepared to walk through snow melt as it’s running down the trail, crossing a lake, and crossing a large stream/river. There was still snow patches the last mile but you are able to walk around them or through them without needing any gear. Hiking shoes recommend due to the rough terrain and the need for extra grip at times. Be prepared to walk up hill the entire way to summit , the elevation gain takes its toll so be prepared to take breaks . The views and the challenge is unbeatable, definitely for strong willed hikers / experienced hikers . Don’t forget to get your hiking permit to enter the desolation wilderness when you park.

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Marc Micatka
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Mount Tallac from Glen Alpine is essentially fully open. I was able to summit without much difficulty and with no snow gear 5/25/2020. I used microspikes at the very summit because of a snow patch and a dangerous slide if I slipped, but by now I wouldn't think it's necessary. There are moments on the ridge to the summit where the trail is under snow but it's easy to stay on the ridgeline and rock-hop your way to the top.

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Kevin Calhoun
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Having moved to Meyers recently, i felt it necessary to tackle Tallac This day hike is a full one, so be ready to put some hours in! Im an average hiker, getting out at least once a week for 10+ milers, and this, although clocked in at 12.5 miles, felt like i had just finished a 20 mile day. Most of this hike is one loose rock/granite, and it will wear on your legs. Constant ankle bites, with a fair amount of scrambling at the top section of the peak. If you are not comfortable with heights/ rock scrambling, consider stopping a quarter mile down. Despite the tough conditions, this is a gorgeous hike, with tons of views of Desolation while passing Gilmore Lake, a large backcountry beauty that was shimmering in the November sun. The way up took quite some time, as the altitude is still affecting me, and the rocky nature meant careful foot placement. The descent was a bit quicker, but only if you are sure footed as its almost easier to twist and ankle going back down. All in all, stoked that I challenge this peak and I know I will be back. I passed quite a few others attempting the peak as well, so although fairly quiet you will likely pass another group or two. This entire trip took roughly 5.5 hours

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Guido Appenzeller
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Beautiful trail to Mt Tallac, preferred over the other routes. Passes by several lakes. In August trail was in good condition with no water or snow on the trail.

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Julie Engberg
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This is the better route (though not the shortest) to summit Tallac.

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Ricardo Ganoza
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Went on 4 July, 2019: The beginning of the trail was basically walking through water that was 2- 8” deep. Then after about .25 miles it dries up. 2 miles in you need to be prepared to walk through/over fast moving streams, over felled trees. At about 1000ft from Gilmore lake, try to follow your paper map/or all trails map because you will be going through a wooded forest with ground snow cover. If you end up off trail, once you pass Gilmore lake, you’ll be walking through exposed mountain through snow and broken granite. So, try to check your location frequently. I brought two nalgene water bottles because of the wet winter/spring. So you’re able to fill up as you go up. No need for extra weight on this day hike.

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Ricardo Ganoza
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Snow is completely gone from trail. Stunning wildflower variety in full bloom before summit.

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Josh Welch
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great hike..The peak at Tallac has amazing views. got an overnight permit and camped by Gilmore Lake..beautiful place..!!

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May Ramirez
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It was a bit challenging since the trail was covered in snow. We had to trail blaze through snow since we lost track of the trail multiple times. Lake Gilmore was still frozen, but such a gorgeous site. Watch out for running water underneath the snow so you don’t fall. Difficult, but well worth it if you take your time.

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Charmaine Tejada
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Crystal Zhang
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Julius Leiman-Carbia
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Ray Fugitt
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Lana Paddison
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Luis Ponce
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