My dad and sister were out visiting a few weeks back and I took them on some great Tahoe adventures. One was a hike to Grass Lake. As the title states, you won’t be disappointed! Similar to several hikes in Desolation Wilderness, this hike starts from Glen Alpine Trailhead. The trailhead begins around 6,500 feet above sea level and you’ll gain about 600 feet of elevation on the hike. It totals about 4.5 miles roundtrip and is moderate. With a beautiful lake as your final destination, there are several pretty streams and flowers to pass along the way.
This was my first time to Grass Lake. You can see Grass Lake from Susie Falls, so I have seen it from afar before. We drove along the East Shore of Fallen Leaf Lake and pulled into the trailhead around 7:15am. We packed up our backpacks, myself with my Granite Rocx pack, put on our boots and headed off. The trail starts up a rocky road that lasts about 1.5 miles past a decent sized waterfall, Upper Glen Alpine Falls on the left and Lily Lake. After seeing signs for Glen Alpine Springs, you will continue up the broken, rocky trail as we did. So, a little under 2 miles and you will see a post for Grass Lake to the left. Go left! Keep your eyes open as I initially missed the post and we continued about 1 mile up and out of our way as you can see from my MyTracks. Oops.. Here are a few pictures!
So, as I mentioned, go left at the post and you’ll cross over 2 creeks. The second crossing is over a large log, so be careful. You’ll continue through a rocky area along a dirt path until you come to the lake, just as we did. First views of the gorgeous lake are exciting. From the lake Susie Falls is in view. My first thought when reaching the lake was how amazing the fishing would be there. It’s a perfect setup for what would seem like extravagant fish slaying. Next time, I’m definitely bringing my fishing pole! Below are more pictures!
Glen Alpine Trailhead is quite easy to get to. Drive towards the “Y” on Highway 50 in South Lake Tahoe. Make a right onto Emerald Bay Road or Highway 89 travelling towards Emerald Bay. Make a left at Fallen Leaf Road. The road follows the East Shore of Fallen Leaf Lake and does become single lane. If you get there early, the road is usually much less crowded. The houses on this road are amazing. Follow the road past the marina until you reach the parking lot at the trailhead.
Grass Lake is not very far. It’s a moderate hike with great views and the lake is peaceful. While not super difficult it’s a great way to spend some time on the trail! I really love Susie Falls and the view from Grass Lake peering up at Susie Falls is absolutely stunning. Have you hiked to Grass Lake? Leave a comment below! Also, follow me on twitter @sberei!