A great thing about the Lake Tahoe area is that it’s not just all about the lake! Although Lake Tahoe itself is extremely beautiful, there are other things nearby to explore, like many rivers, waterfalls, mountains, ski resorts, other lakes, and more. We had a great time exploring Glen Alpine Falls, which feeds into Fallen Leaf Lake, a smaller lake to the south of Lake Tahoe.
We visited Tahoe with our best friends, Marcus and Hilary. Marcus had been to Tahoe years before with his family, and remembered loving these falls, but could barely remember anything about them, even the name. He wanted to take us there, though, and luckily, we found it pretty easily just by driving in the direction he slightly remembered! It was a great surprise for me since I am usually the planner of the trip and know exactly what and where we’re going next. I loved the spontaneity of it, and Glen Alpine Falls ended up being one of my favorite parts of our trip!
These falls are pretty easy to traverse since they cascade down many layers of rocks. We had fun jumping from rock to rock and taking our shoes off to feel the cold water. Marcus even set up his hammock so he could relax a little. With the crashing sounds of the waterfall, the cool weather, warm sun, and the crisp air, it is a perfect place to relax.
Being there in May, we were lucky to have great weather, greenery, and lots of water from all the snowmelt.
I also can’t believe how lucky we were to actually find this place! The planner in me was worried about not being able to find the falls, but later, the quirky side of me was so glad that we tried. Because, look at this place! Glen Alpine Falls is definitely something you don’t want to miss!
What’s the best unplanned surprise you’ve ever experienced while on a trip?
[All photos were taken in May 2015.]