Heavenly Mountain Resort has been a fixture on the south shore of Lake Tahoe for many years. For the majority of its existence, the public generally only thought about Heavenly in the winter time. That changed over a decade ago with the installation of their gondola. The gondola was an attraction in and of itself that the public could ride up to the top of the mountain and soak in amazing views of Lake Tahoe and the surrounding mountains.
Over time, the resort offered food and beverage options, a climbing wall, a zip line, summer tubing and hiking trails. However, the summer of 2014 is when Heavenly kicked open the fun summer activities door wide open! Now, they also offer three ropes courses of varying difficulty and a breathtaking zip line.
The Black Bear Challenge course has shorter challenges and is suited for first-timers and families with small children. There are a variety of paths of challenges to choose from and ends with a 30-foot controlled descent.
The Boulder Cove Challenge has two levels and is ideal for those wanting a greater challenge. This is recommended for adults and older kids. This one ends with either a 20 or 35-foot controlled descent.
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.