Visiting Bonsai Rock is a photographers paradise

Tom’s Experience photographing Bonsai Rock:

Bonsai Rock is one of the most photographed places in Lake Tahoe. Its proximity to the road is probably why its so popular.

Bonsai Rock Tahoe

It is a steep descent down to the rocky shore but once you reach the shore, there are a ton of places for taking photographs.

Lake Tahoe Bonsai Rock

Bonsai Rock may be the best place to enjoy a sunset along the Lake Tahoe Shoreline. Dogs are allowed but this isn’t a great place for them since there are so many rocks.

Bonsai Rock Photography

There are many trails down to Bonsai Rock and most are easy to follow in the sand or across rocks.

Bonsai Rock Lake Tahoe

Be sure to show up a little earlier so you can make it down to the shore.

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Trail Info: Finding the trail isn’t too difficult. There are a few unmarked turnouts off of the highway that you will need to find in order to park. Usually they aren’t full but they could be in the middle of the day when the South Harbor parking lot is full. The turnouts are about a mile south of Sand Harbor along the 28. You should be able to see Bonsai Rock by looking down the hill from the road.


Bonsai Tree Lake Tahoe:   39.185138,-119.927976

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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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