This short hike out to grass lake makes for a memorable trip with many streams and waterfalls along the way. This swift getaway is located in the Eastern Sierras in Desolation Wilderness only two miles along the Glen Alpine Trail.
Distance: 4 miles roundtrip
Difficulty Level: easy-moderate
Approximate Time: about 45 minutes to an hour to reach the lake
Pet Friendly: yes
Crowd Levels: low
Best season to go: Spring and Summer to avoid snow and rain
What to bring~
1. Lunch: this hike makes for the perfect picnic spot!
2. Plenty of water: this hike does have some incline so be sure to bring water to hydrate yourself on the way.
3. Camera: the lake itself is picturesque and there is a beautiful waterfall view that can be seen from the West side of the lake.
4. Back-packing gear (optional): The ranger station allows a certain amount of campers to spend the night in various areas along the Glen Alpine Trail; if you're up for it I would reccomend staying the night at the lake to see the sunset and continuing on in the morning to another lake or up Glen Alpine trail to the peak of Mt. Tallac.
What you will see~
1. The hike itself starts off passing Glen-Alpine Falls by car which are quite beautiful and worth the stop. Along the way you will also see many smaller falls and upon reaching the lake, as stated above, there is a stunning waterfall that can be seen from the West side of the lake.
2. Lots of lush grasses growing in the water, hence the name Grass Lake.
3. It should be mentioned that there is a stream crossing in order to get to grass lake that requires you to walk across a fallen tree. Most hikers should be able to cross without much difficulty, but be careful if you bring along your pet (mine had a little trouble).
How to get there~
Park at the trailhead to enter Desolation Wilderness just beyond Glen Alpine Falls, there is a small parking area there, and entrance is on the far right side. Follow your way up the trail approximately 1.5 miles and there is a turn off to the Left for Grass Lake, once you cross the stream, continue on the trail for about a half mile and you'll see the lake.