Hike to the wonderful Grass Lake

Tom’s Experience hiking to Grass Lake:

Grass Lake is a pretty lake located in the Desolation Wilderness. The trail has a 700 foot climb and is only about 5 miles round-trip. Grass Lake Tahoe

You start at the Glen Alpine Trailhead also known as the Lily Lake Trailhead which is just up the road from Lower Glen Alpine Falls. You can also reach Aloha Lake from the Glen Alpine Trailhead which is 6 miles one-way.

Glen Alpine Springs Grass Lake

The trail to Grass Lake is fairly well marked but a map or gps can still be very helpful. The trail at the trailhead starts out on rocks which are the remains of an old road as you walk past the outskirts of Lily Lake. After about a half a mile you will end up at a waterfall called Modjeska Falls, or Upper Glen Alpine Falls.

Upper Glen Alpine Falls Grass Lake

It is named after a 19th century Polish Opera Singer, Helena Modjeska, who performed at the nearby springs in 1885. You will pass numerous summer cabins along the trail all the way until you reach Glen Alpine Springs which was once a little resort.

Hiking to Grass Lake

Water from the springs was actually bottled and sold in the early 1900’s. From here the trail continues on to a fork that is marked by a sign. To reach Grass Lake take the left fork. You will need to cross over the stream a time or two but we were able to stay on logs or rocks and didn’t get wet.

Grass Lake Tahoe

Grass Lake is a great spot to stop for lunch, there are plenty of trees for shade and the lake isn’t too crowded. There is also a large waterfall on the far end of the lake that leads into the lake which was really cool. Dogs are allowed on this trail.

Tom’s Rating:

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 up a winding road and past a bridge to the parking lot. Parking is very limited so go early for the best luck.


Glen Alpine Trailhead:     38.877061,-120.080116

Grass Lake:     38.871122,-120.110039

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