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Glen Alpine Trail

Intermediate

Trail

2.4 mile 3.9 kilometer point to point
83% Runnable
Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 1,117' 340 m
Descent: -9' -3 m
High: 7,925' 2,415 m
Low: 6,808' 2,075 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 11% (6°)
Max Grade: 17% (10°)

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Trail shared by Jason Ethridge

A scenic trail that leads from Fallen Leaf Lake to the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT).

Jason Ethridge

Features Lake · River/Creek · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Description

From the trailhead, follow the fire road for the first mile to the old Glen Alpine Springs Resort. This is a cool diversion with a few of the original buildings still standing and some interpretive signs installed. From here the trail turns to very rocky singletrack.

About 1/2 mile after leaving Glen Alpine Springs an optional detour to the left follows the Glen Alpine Trail Spur to grass lake for about a mile. If you're not taking the detour, follow the trail to the right as it begins ascending the southwest flank of Cathedral Peak toward Gilmore lake. This 1/2-mile stretch is a series of switchbacks, but soon after, the trail straightens out and becomes softer under foot as it enters more forested terrain. About 1 1/4 miles from the Grass Lake spur there will be a split in the trail, with the trail to the left heading toward Half Moon Lake and the Glen Alpine Trail continuing to the right to meet up with the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) just south of Gilmore Lake.

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The moon rising over the nearby mountains.
Jun 20, 2016 near South L…, CA
Starting up the switchbacks toward Gilmore Lake; this section of the trail is very rocky.
Jun 15, 2016 near South L…, CA
Cathedral Peak from the Glen Alpine Trail.
Aug 26, 2017 near South L…, CA
Tight, wooded singletrack on Glen Alpine.
Jun 20, 2016 near South L…, CA
Crossing the creek on the Glen Alpine Trail, heading down from Gilmore Lake.
Jun 15, 2016 near South L…, CA

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