Glen Alpine Traverse

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April 16-17, 2016
The "Glen Alpine Traverse" is a name I dubbed for a string-up of ten peaks surrounding the Glen Alpine Drainage in the Desolation Wilderness. This prominent drainage contains Glen Alpine Creek, which drains water from Lake Aloha to the west into Fallen Leaf Lake to the east. Almost all the peaks on this traverse are quite popular, especially during summer months, and I would not be surprised if similar variations of this route have been completed in the past. If this route were to be done in the summer, it would be possible as a long dayhike, but I wanted to see it in all its winter glory and absent of the usual summer crowds as well as watch the sunrise from Dicks Peak, thus requiring 2 days. This marked my third traverse in the Crystal Range, a subrange of the Sierra Nevada, after the Crystal Range Traverse and Meeks Traverse.

Getting to the trailhead: From CA-89 in South Lake Tahoe, head south on Fallen Leaf Rd to the Fallen Leaf Chapel on the south side of Fallen Leaf Lake. Park in a small pullout across the street from the chapel.

Trailhead coordinates (lat/lon): 38.8797, -120.0708

PeakElevationTopographic ProminenceSummit Coordinates (lat/lon)
Angora Peak8,588 ft168 ft38.8671, -120.073
Indian Rock8,620 ft40 ft38.8646, -120.0761
Echo Peak8,895 ft715 ft38.8565, -120.0733
Keiths Dome8,646 ft306 ft38.8596, -120.1063
Cracked Crag8,782 ft482 ft38.8691, -120.1296
Jacks Peak9,856 ft396 ft38.8903, -120.1539
Dicks Peak9,974 ft1,554 ft38.9004, -120.1510
"Kalmia Peak"9,579 ft399 ft38.9066, -120.1307
Mt. Tallac9,735 ft715 ft38.9058, -120.0990
Cathedral Peak8,390 ft15 ft38.8870, -120.0845

Trip report (click on day 1 to begin)

Total Stats
18.9 miles    8,710 ft gain/loss

Map (Since Blogger does not let me upload this file at full size, email me at for a full sized version of this map)

Weather Forecasts
8,800 ft

Peakbagger Pages
Angora Peak
Indian Rock
Echo Peak
Keiths Dome
Cracked Crag
Jacks Peak
Dicks Peak
Kalmia Peak
Mt. Tallac
Cathedral Peak

Summitpost Pages
Echo Peak
Cracked Crag
Dicks Peak
Jacks Peak
Mt. Tallac

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