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Glen Alpine trail ?

Postby frediver » Thu Jun 13, 2013 12:18 pm

I want to check out Halfmoon Lake but I have limited experience in the area.
If you were making a simple comparison, how does that access compare to
the Echo Lake trail to Lake Aloha.
Lets give the Aloha trail a 5 on a 1-10 scale, how would the Glen Alpine trail compare?

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Re: Glen Alpine trail ?

Postby TahoeJeff » Thu Jun 13, 2013 12:38 pm

Define your parameters. When you say Echo to Aloha is a 5 out of 10, based on what? Scenery, condition of trail, difficulty of trail, number of people, etc.?
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Re: Glen Alpine trail ?

Postby frediver » Thu Jun 13, 2013 3:07 pm

Sorry.
Trail difficulty is my main consideration.
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Re: Glen Alpine trail ?

Postby TahoeJeff » Thu Jun 13, 2013 3:54 pm

The USFS LTBMU website lists both trails as moderate in difficulty. I think I would agree with that. Whereas the distance from Echo to Half Moon is certainly longer than from Glen Alpine, Echo is about 900' higher in elevation, I believe. There are pros and cons to each route, but I think Echo is probably the easier way in. Especially if you pay for the boat ride, cutting out about 2 miles of hiking.
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Re: Glen Alpine trail ?

Postby Tom_H » Thu Jun 13, 2013 4:35 pm

I've hiked both routes. Everything Jeff says is spot on. From Aloha, it is longer, but you do cut out that 900' of elevation gain he mentions, and if you take the water taxi, it cuts off distance (though it's still a longer route). Both routes start off with some hard and rough blasted granite trails. Not fun for tender feet. If elevation gain doesn't bother you, go Glen Alpine. If you hate elevation gain, but can really cruise once you level out, take Aloha. For better scenery along the way, definitely take Aloha. Mostly, enjoy!
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Re: Glen Alpine trail ?

Postby frediver » Thu Jun 13, 2013 4:44 pm

Thanks that was what I needed.
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Re: Glen Alpine trail ?

Postby FeetFirst » Fri Jun 14, 2013 1:36 pm

Most likely you'll share the trail with less people if you take the Glen Alpine TH, but the drive around Fallen Leaf Lake is a bit tedious. Last summer was the worst. I had to wait over an hour because a car that was backing out was hit by an oncoming car. Everyone was fine, but they didn't want to move their cars until the fuzz showed up. Additionally, I find the trail out of Echo Lakes much more interesting (open views of peaks and the lakes) than Glen Alpine. I vote for Echo Lakes TH.

First two miles out of Glen Alpine:
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Some Half Moon Lake stoke:
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Re: Glen Alpine trail ?

Postby Tom_H » Fri Jun 14, 2013 5:28 pm

FeetFirst wrote:Most likely you'll share the trail with less people if you take the Glen Alpine TH


My own experience has been that there are a fair number of people at Echo trailhead and a lot of people at Glen Alpine. In the summer, tons of people want to see Fallen Leaf, walk up the road and see Falls Creek Waterfall, and then do a day hike. Some of the heartier ones go in at Glen Alpine to climb Tallac and return in a day. The only times I've ever been there and not seen it crowded were before Memorial Day and after Labor Day. Once you get a bit up the Echo trail, there are more places for people to disperse, fewer on the G.A. trail.
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Re: Glen Alpine trail ?

Postby FeetFirst » Tue Dec 02, 2014 12:04 am

Tom_H wrote:
FeetFirst wrote:Most likely you'll share the trail with less people if you take the Glen Alpine TH


My own experience has been that there are a fair number of people at Echo trailhead and a lot of people at Glen Alpine. In the summer, tons of people want to see Fallen Leaf, walk up the road and see Falls Creek Waterfall, and then do a day hike. Some of the heartier ones go in at Glen Alpine to climb Tallac and return in a day. The only times I've ever been there and not seen it crowded were before Memorial Day and after Labor Day. Once you get a bit up the Echo trail, there are more places for people to disperse, fewer on the G.A. trail.


I apologize for not responding earlier, but I just noticed this post.

I disagree based on my experience. Tom_H, Have you been to the Echo Lake TH on a summer weekend? :eek:
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Re: Glen Alpine trail ?

Postby Tom_H » Mon Dec 08, 2014 10:23 am

FeetFirst wrote:I disagree based on my experience. Tom_H, Have you been to the Echo Lake TH on a summer weekend? :eek:


Goodness, a year and a half later! The answer is, yes. I used to live at Tahoe. Perhaps it just happened to be more crowded some weekends than others. :dontknow YMMV
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Re: Glen Alpine trail ?

Postby TahoeJeff » Mon Dec 08, 2014 4:38 pm

As a 47 year long Tahoe native/local, I would say Echo gets a lot more foot traffic than Glen Alpine, mostly due to the immediate scenic appeal.
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Re: Glen Alpine trail ?

Postby Tom_H » Wed Dec 10, 2014 10:07 am

Maybe just the luck of the draw. At G.A. there always seems to be a ton of people just strolling up from Fallen Leaf and day hiking up a ways. You also don't have as many places to branch away from the main trail. From Echo, once you reach Haypress Meadows, then Aloha, people just seem to fan out more. Not disagreeing with anyone, my experience has just been different.
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