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Hiking & Walking: California > Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit

Quick Facts

Glen Alpine Trail

Beginning Elevation: 6,560 Feet (2044.9 Meters)
Difficulty: Moderate Strenuous beyond Half Moon Lake
Elevation Gain: 3,175 Feet (989.7 Meters)
Ending Elevation: 9,735 Feet (3034.6 Meters) at Talluc Lake
Length, One-way: 2 Miles (3.33 Kilometers) To Grass Lake; Other Distances: 4 mi. to Susie; 5 mi. to Heather; 6 mi. to Aloha; 4.5 mi. to Half Moon; 5.2 to Alta Morris; 6 mi. to Tallac.




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General Description

The Glen Alpine Trailhead is located to the south of Lake Tahoe and Fallen Leaf Lake. Many different hikes can be taken from this trailhead. For a short walk, try the 2 mile hike to Grass Lake. Another hike to Lake Aloha leads you past a small waterfall, a beautiful meadow and three alpine lakes. A third option is a moderate hike to Half Moon, Alta Morris or Gilmore lakes. If Mt. Tallac is your goal, the Glen Alpine Trail offers a more moderate approach.

A wilderness permit is required for this trail. Day hikers can obtain a permit at the self-service stations located at the trailheads. Overnight users must obtain a permit and pay fees in person from a Forest Service office or the Forest Service Visitor Center.

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.

Seasonal Information:
Recommended Season: Spring through Fall .



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Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Trailhead Parking Glen Alpine Trailhead
Yes
ICON Backpacking Overnight permits from Forest Service required.
Yes
ICON Hiking & Walking Glen Alpine Trail
Yes
ICON Viewing Scenery Lake Tahoe Basin
Yes
ICON Viewing Wildlife Lake Tahoe Basin
Yes



Related Activities
Clark Trail - This trail begins at the Glen Alpine Trailhead, south of Lake Tahoe, and ends at upper Angora Lake.



More Information

Visitor Information:

Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit, 870 Emerald Bay Road, Suite 1 , South Lake Tahoe, CA, 96150, Phone: 530-573-2674

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