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Home - Hiking - Glen Alpine Falls

Glen Alpine Falls

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Directions - Take Fallen Leaf Lake Road all the way around the lake and pass the fire station on your left. Continue down this road until you hit switchbacks at the falls.

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Stop by the Emerald Bay Bar and Grill after for beer and a snack. 

Recommended Gear

Hiking Shoes
GPS Device
Hydration Pack

Located just past Fallen Leaf Lake on the road to the Glen Alpine trailhead you will pass by lower Glen Alpine falls. These are a beautiful set of waterfalls dropping about 60 feet down large dark boulders into a narrow canyon. There is no hiking necessary although you should bring your driving skills. There are overlooks both below and above the falls for viewing, and even enough room for small weddings, which are quite popular here. While there is limited parking at the falls, I would recommend parking near the fire station and bridge over the creek, and then hiking up to the falls. It is short and quite beautiful. The creek above the falls up to Lily Lake is also quite beautiful, with numerous deep rock gorges. This creek can run dry, or close to it, pretty early in the season. Looking through the photo gallery you can notice the difference between early June and late June, although the larger flow was also in a bigger snow year.

Waterfall and family Waterfall and treesGlen Alpine Creek
Waterfall at big flow volumeMountain creekWaterfall
Glen Alpine CreekGlen Alpine falls from the topWaterfall with low flow

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