Tom’s Experience at Lower Glen Alpine Falls:
Lower Glen Alpine Falls is also called Fallen Leaf Falls and Big Falls. It is one of the most fun waterfalls in the Tahoe area.
It is a multi-tiered waterfall that is just upstream from Fallen Leaf Lake. It is 73 feet wide and 75 feet tall and if you’re careful you can climb up and around the many tiers.
The best time to visit this waterfall is in the spring or early summer when runoff is high. The fall is right off the road so you don’t need to hike at all to it. Getting to the parking is a little tricky because the road is just one lane for the last few miles.
Parking is very limited and these falls can get crowded so go early morning or in the evening.
Dogs are allowed here, so once you are done viewing the falls, head up the road to the nearby Glen Alpine Trailhead to get some hiking in.
Trail Info: From South Lake Tahoe, follow the 89 northwest for about 3 miles and turn left onto Fallen Leaf Lake Road. Follow this very narrow road for almost 5 miles and you will come to a fork in the road that has a sign. Take the left fork past the fire station and the waterfall is right past the fork with parking on the side. The waterfall is just off the road (because of the angle of the road you may not see it as you are driving).
Lower Glen Alpine Falls: 38.879878,-120.07326
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