Glen Alpine Falls and Modjeska Falls

South Lake Tahoe, California

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Two waterfalls, roaring with snowmelt in late spring and early summer, enliven the cobblestone road/trail that climbs to ruins of the historic Glen Alpine Springs Resort. Glen Alpine Creek drops over two falls in the final leg of its descent from the Desolation Wilderness to Fallen Leaf Lake, and depending on the quantity of snowmelt and the timing of your visit, the falls can be furious. But the hiking is not: The route follows a wide, moderately graded, gravel-and-cobblestone road that offers access to private cabins, the remnants of the Glen Alpine Springs Resort, and the Wilderness.
Hiking Waterfalls in Northern California

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Hiking Waterfalls in Northern California

by Tracy Salcedo-Chourré (Falcon Guides)

Two waterfalls, roaring with snowmelt in late spring and early summer, enliven the cobblestone road/trail that climbs to ruins of the historic Glen Alpine Springs Resort. Glen Alpine Creek drops over two falls in the final leg of its descent from the Desolation Wilderness to Fallen Leaf Lake, and depending on the quantity of snowmelt and the timing of your visit, the falls can be furious.

But the hiking is not: The route follows a wide, moderately graded, gravel-and-cobblestone road that offers access to
private cabins, the remnants of the Glen Alpine Springs Resort, and the Wilderness.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: South Lake Tahoe
Distance: 2.2
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 3-4 hours
Season: Year-round
Features: Waterfalls
Local Contacts: US Forest Service, Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit, Forest Supervisor’s Office, 35 College Dr., South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150; (530) 543-2600; www.fs.usda.gov/ltbmu/
Local Maps: USGS Emerald Bay CA; Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit Map; National Geographic 803 Lake Tahoe Basin trail map; Tom Harrison Recreation Map of Lake Tahoe
Driving Directions: Directions to Glen Alpine Falls and Modjeska Falls

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