Glen Alpine Falls – Lake Tahoe

Glen Alpine Falls - Lake Tahoe

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!

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What’s the best unplanned surprise you’ve ever experienced while on a trip?

[All photos were taken in May 2015.]

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    Julie Kern
    May 27, 2016 at 12:00 am

    Being from the bay area, I’m definitely going to have to check this out!! Added to my bucket list 🙂

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    May 26, 2016 at 10:40 pm

    I love it when an unplanned adventure works out. I have headed out on many an adventure only to find myself in a completely different place than expected. These falls look amazing!

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    Danielle Des
    May 26, 2016 at 6:30 pm

    I’m also a big planner but I found that spontaneity is so refreshing. Your friend had a great memory to remember where the falls!

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    May 26, 2016 at 5:27 pm

    Love hammock!!! Sounds like it was quite a surprising discovery. Beautiful pictures. Have never been and now adding it to the list 🙂

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    Karla Strand
    May 26, 2016 at 11:45 am

    I am a careful yet quirky planner as well, so your article really resonated with me in that way! That’s often when you get the really good stuff right, when you allow yourself to be spontaneous. My first solo trip a few years ago was to Puerto Rico and I had an Airbnb but beyond that I had no plans. That was new for me but I just went with my whims (and the weather) and it was spectacular! Glad you got to experience Glen Alpine Falls; I’ve never been but your photos are stunning. 🙂

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      Bailey K.
      May 29, 2016 at 4:44 pm

      You’re so right. Puerto Rico with no plans sounds absolutely amazing!

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    May 26, 2016 at 11:18 am

    It does look beautiful. I love the Lake Tahoe area, was there recently for a friend’s wedding. That water must have been really cold though!

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    May 26, 2016 at 4:36 am

    Wonderful images. I particularly like the hammock! Love this part of the USA

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    Mel | illumelation
    May 25, 2016 at 11:42 pm

    Beautiful shots! I’ve heard so much about Tahoe. Never been to that part of the world before. One day!

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    Laura @ Grassroots Nomad
    May 25, 2016 at 3:52 pm

    Hmm I think Seattle as a whole was a bit of an unexpected surprise – I thought it would be really rainy but we spent two glorious weeks exploring in the brilliant sunshine. It was so much smaller and friendlier than I imagined and I just loved it!

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      Bailey K.
      May 29, 2016 at 4:43 pm

      I’d love to go back to Seattle – I was only there for a day. But what I did in that day was great! 🙂

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    islami tatil
    February 1, 2016 at 12:03 am

    Great Picturest. i really would like to visit this place. Thanks for sharing.

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      Bailey K.
      February 3, 2016 at 1:35 am

      Thanks for visiting! It really is a great waterfall. I hope you get to visit some day!

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