Fallen Leaf Lake - Moraine Trail

South Lake Tahoe, California

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Picturesque Fallen Leaf Lake, measuring three miles long, is the second largest alpine lake in the Tahoe Basin. The Moraine Trail crosses the Fallen Leaf Lake dam and parallels the west shore to Sawmill Cove. At the cove is an interesting group of old, burned down homes where only the rockwork and chimneys remain.
Day Hikes around Lake Tahoe

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Day Hikes around Lake Tahoe

by Robert Stone (Day Hike Books)

Picturesque Fallen Leaf Lake, measuring three miles long, is the second largest alpine lake in the Tahoe Basin. The Moraine Trail crosses the Fallen Leaf Lake dam and parallels the west shore to Sawmill Cove. At the cove is an interesting group of old, burned down homes where only the rockwork and chimneys remain.

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Activity Type: Birding, Hiking
Nearby City: South Lake Tahoe
Length: 2.5
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 1.5 hours
Best Times: Spring through Fall
Accessibility: Dog-friendly, Kid-friendly
Local Maps: USGS Emerald Bay; South Lake Tahoe Basin Recreation Map
Topo Map: Fallen Leaf Lake - Moraine Trail Topographic Map
Guide Book: Day Hikes around Lake Tahoe Guide Book
Driving Directions: View Directions
Trail Directions: View Guide

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Recent Trail Reviews

10/7/2017

Such a beautiful and easy meandering hike. Fallen Leaf Lake is truly a gem. We passed a lot of dogs and kids.

6/28/2008

This is a nice shady, forested hike. Great for bird-watching or just enjoying the woods. There is a veritable maze of trails which are not marked at all, but if you keep the creek on your right, you'll make it to the dam and beyond. It is completely level. I recommend this one for families and those who want a casual walk to enjoy the birds, trees, and wildflowers. We saw a pair of Osprey and watched one pluck a fish from the lake and drop it from its nest.

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