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ROAD TRIP!!! Glen Alpine Loop 13 miles 2300 feet Strenuous

  • Aug 23, 2013 · 8:00 AM
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Breakfast will be served promptly at 7 and put away immediately so be on time and make your lunch wrap as you take your breakfast.  We will be leaving the campground promptly at 8am to take the short 10 minute drive to the far end of Fallen Leaf Lake where our Friday:Glen Alpine Loop

Ready yourself for varied terrain as you climb away from your trailhead, situated between Angora and Cathedral peaks. Pass historic Glen Alpine Springs Resort while ascending its namesake creek to the west. We will linger at lightly treed Susie Lake, where Jacks and Dicks peaks loom in the background. Then it's off to a climb to the outlet stream of rockbound Heather Lake’s azure waters, brightened by the polished snow-clad Crystal Range. Briefly ascend to Lake Aloha, where your viewfinder will be full of Pyramid, Agassiz, and Price looming overhead. Mosey along Aloha’s shore over granite and then take an uphill path away from Lake of the Woods, heading toward Haypress Meadow. Forgo the easy trails down to Echo and view a trio of lakes—Ralston, Cagwin, and Tamarack— from your high route toward Triangle Lake.   Return to Lily Lake by descending the steep Tamarack Creek Trail, which is laden with vistas of Tahoe and Fallen Leaf lakes.

Cocktail hour at 5:30

Dinner at 6:30


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  • Brenda P.

    I agree this should be Grueling. And the end elevation gain was much larger... I heard 4,000 ft? What a bonding experience for all of us! Thanks Michele and all those who saved me from the meteor!

    August 26, 2013

  • Ken

    This was a great hike with a challenging descent. Too bad about the smoke. I will post some photos taken back on July 8th, when Marcelyn and I did an out and back from Glen Alpine to Lake Aloha.

    August 26, 2013

  • Stephanie

    Beautiful lakes and all, wonderful company and quite an accomplishment

    August 26, 2013

  • Shawna

    I rate this the same difficulty level as the Mt. Tallac summit hike, but for different reasons. The steep descent on an unmaintained section of trail was challenging -- at times almost scary -- and tiring for old knees. All of that said, it's an amazing hike that I'd be happy to repeat, because the sights were fabulous. Not only were the vistas vast, but the trails were scattered with interesting rock formations and gnarly alpine trees galore. Photo ops everywhere!

    1 · August 25, 2013

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