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Grass Lake

Lake, River, or Waterfall

With numerous waterfalls and creeks all over the place, Grass Lake hiking trail is full of liquid scenery. Bring your family and dog on this wet and exciting hike, and prepare to be surrounded by pure, liquid excitement. Prepare for beautiful scenery and a nice, mellow hike. This trek is suitable for all, as it doesn’t require much energy, only the desire to experience nature at its finest. Grass Lake sits among granite slopes at 7,000 feet in the Desolation Wilderness. The hike to Grass Lake passes Lily Lake, crosses Glen Alpine Creek and includes several waterfalls and a swimming hole. Weather conditions can change rapidly.

To access the trailhead to Grass Lake take Highway 89 north approximately 3 miles from South Lake Tahoe to Fallen Leaf Lake Road. Watch for bicyclists and other cars on this narrow, one-lane road. Continue until you see the Glen Alpine trailhead sign and turn left. Trailhead parking is across from Lily Lake.

Pet Friendly Notes

Dogs are allowed in Desolation Wilderness and on most other U.S. Forest trails. Pet owners please follow guideline: Keep pet on 6 ft leash at all times. Control excessive barking. Check paws often on rocky terrain, can cause cuts, consider protective dog pads. Pick up or bury canine waste. Keep your dog close by when encountering other people. Remember to bring enough water for you and your pet.

Recreational Opportunities

Hiking, Swimming, Fishing, Nature Loving. The hike to Grass Lake is approximately 4.5 miles round trip. It is considered moderate with a few short uphill stretches.

For the first time visitor, the network of trails may be a bit confusing. Grass Lake is easily found if you bare left at the junction marked "Grass Lake - Gilmore Lake". There are several stream crossings that can be tricky in the spring. Bring good trail shoes, a camera, wildflower guide, fishing pole and swim suit for this exceptional outdoor experience.


Seasons Accessible

After snow melts, June through October.

Be prepared with the proper clothing and equipment, no matter how short the hike.


Please fill out day pass at Trailhead-No Fee

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