Glen Alpine Falls is located at the back of Fallen Leaf Lake and a popular access point to Desolation Wilderness. From the "Y" in South Lake Tahoe, drive about three miles west on Highway 89 towards Emerald Bay. You'll turn left onto Fallen Leaf Lake Road immediately after passing through Camp Richardson. The trailhead is four miles off of Highway 89 on Fallen Leaf Lake Road on an, at times, one-way road where drivers must yield to each other. You can drive and park right next to Glen Alpine Falls or even continue up the road a little bit to the start of Lilly Lake. From there, the trail takes you to Glen Alpine resort where you can fill your water bottle from the springs.
Glen Alpine Falls itself is gorgeous (see picture at left and video below), especially in the spring when the snow melt runoff is strong. View the falls from a short distance or scamper down the rocks to get closer and feel the cool mist.
Summer hiking is a favorite activity of Tahoe locals and visitors. Two areas with plenty to explore are the Lam Wahtah Trail and the Van Sickle State Park, both in Stateline, Nevada. The close proximity to Lakeside Inn and Casino make these convenient for our visitors.
The Lam Wahtah Trail to Nevada Beach starts at the corner of Highway 50 and Kahle Drive in Stateline, Nevada. Picnics, swimming and watching spectacular sunsets are popular activities at Nevada Beach. Paved and dirt trails meander through meadows and forests. Hikers and bikers share the trails. Swimming in Lake Tahoe is a very refreshing experience.
Breathtaking lake views are accessible while hiking at Van Sickle State Park. This bi-state park, partly in Nevada and partly in California is located on the mountain directly behind the casino core in Stateline, Nevada. A portion of the Tahoe Rim Trail is located within the park. You can feel yourself relax and enjoy the beauty and tranquility of the forest within just a few steps of the trailhead.
Remember common sense while hiking. The sun is strong and the air is dry. Bring plenty of sunscreen and drinking water. Wear sturdy shoes and pack your camera.
Wildlife can be seen in either area. Many birds and squirrels call the forests and meadows home. Coyotes, bears and other large mammals are occasionally seen.