Explore the beautiful Lake of the Woods

Tom’s Experience hiking to Lake of the Woods:

Lake of the Woods is about 11 miles round trip from the Echo Lakes Trailhead, and is a very large lake.

Lake of the Woods Desolation Wilderness

Camping is limited around the lake due to restoration projects but it is still a great place to spend the day.

Hike to Lake of the Woods

The trail to Lake of the Woods is on the way to Lake Aloha and past Tamarack Lake.

Lake of the Woods Tahoe

Dogs are allowed on this trail.

Lake of the Woods Hike

The trail starts out making its way around Echo Lakes and then it starts to climb. There will be a sign pointing the way towards Lake of the Woods at the top of the steep climb.

Trail to Lake of the Woods

Climb a little higher and then you will drop down into the lake. Total elevation change is about 1000 ft.

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Trail Info: To get to the Echo Lakes Trailhead from South Lake, head southwest on the 50. Turn right onto a very small paved road called the Lincoln Highway that starts heading up the mountain. There are a few signs on the paved road. Follow that road until you turn right on Echo Lakes Road. Follow Echo Lakes Road until you reach a parking lot. If you drive into Echo Lake you have gone too far.


Echo Lakes Trailhead:   38.835141,-120.044515

Lake of the Woods:     38.852442,-120.118117

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Visit the unique and free Lower Glen Alpine Falls

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.

Lower Glen Alpine Falls Fallen Leaf Falls

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.

Glen Alpine Falls Big Falls

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.

Waterfall Lower Glen Alpine Falls

Parking is very limited and these falls can get crowded so go early morning or in the evening.

Lower Glen Alpine Falls Tahoe

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.

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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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