Glen Alpine Falls - Hike near South Lake Tahoe, California
Glen Alpine Rd, South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150, USA,South Lake Tahoe,California
38.8798964, -120.0733405
Address: Glen Alpine Rd, South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150, USA
GPS: 38°52'47.6"N 120°4'24.0"W
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State: California
Trails/Routes: 0.4 mi

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As you drive up to the falls, take a look around. The views are spectacular. The drive can feel long, but the waterfall is peaceful and worth the drive. This waterfall is considered one of the shorter waterfalls around but it is wider. It is a peaceful location because of the sounds of birds chirping and the water flowing. 

The best time to come to the waterfall is the middle of spring (June) all the way until the end of summer (August). That is when the water flow is the strongest and the most beautiful. 

Something to keep in mind, there is no real trail to the falls, just because you can park right near it. But there are many places to park alongside the road, and you can walk up that road to the falls. There is an overlook point that you can sit at and watch the water flow down. If you are more adventurous, you can climb down the rocks to the water below. 

Be sure to check it out when you are in or near Lake Tahoe. 

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Be courteous, informed, and prepared. Read trailhead guidelines, stay on the trail, and don't feed the wildlife.

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  1. Plan Ahead and Prepare
  2. Travel & camp on durable surfaces
  3. Dispose of waste properly
  4. Leave what you find
  5. Minimize campfire impacts
  6. Respect wildlife
  7. Be considerate of other visitors


From South Lake Tahoe, California

  1. Head south on Lake Tahoe Blvd toward Los Angeles Ave (2.5 mi)
  2. Continue straight to stay on Lake Tahoe Blvd (2.5 mi)
  3. Turn right onto Tahoe Mountain Rd (1.1 mi)
  4. Turn right onto Glenmore Way (194 ft)
  5. Turn left onto Dundee Cir (0.1 mi)
  6. Turn left to stay on Dundee Cir (184 ft)
  7. Continue onto Tahoe Mountain Rd
    May be closed at certain times or days
    (0.5 mi)
  8. Turn left onto Fallen Leaf Rd
    May be closed at certain times or days
    (2.8 mi)
  9. Continue straight onto Glen Alpine Rd
    Destination will be on the right
    (0.2 mi)

The Glen Alpine trailhead is at the end of the paved Fallen Leaf Road, forking south off Hwy 89, 3 miles from the US 50 intersection in South Lake Tahoe. This runs through empty pine/aspen woodland for a while, past a USFS campground, and then along the east shore of Fallen Leaf Lake, where the road narrows and is bordered by big trees close to the edge.Courtesy of

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Glen Alpine Falls from the Air and Ground by ACwithFT
Hiking Glen Alpine Falls by Geri Rex

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Distance ?

0.4 miles

Elevation Gain ?

-76 feet

Real Ascent ?

24 feet

Real Descent ?

100 feet

Avg Grade (-2°)


Grade (-12° to 8°)

-21% to 13%

Elevation differences are scaled for emphasis. While the numbers are accurate, the cut-away shown here is not to scale.

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