Fallen Leaf Lake - Moraine Trail

South Lake Tahoe, California 96158

Fallen Leaf Lake - Moraine Trail

Fallen Leaf Lake - Moraine Trail Professional Review and Guide

"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."

Fallen Leaf Lake - Moraine Trail Reviews

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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.
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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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9/25/2003
Cascade Lake ia a beautiful lake. It is surrounded by mountains that go straight down into the water. It is very quiet and an excellent day hike for beginner hikers and anyone who just enjoys beautiful surroundings. There are also many other hikes beyond the lake itself that depending on how far you go can be adequate for beginner or experienced hikers. Some of the Lakes beyond fallen Leaf include Lake Suzi and Lake Aloha. I highly recommend this hike. In fact I am going back in October to hike further back then I did last time! Maybe I'll see you there!!
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Trail Information

South Lake Tahoe
Nearby City
Dog-friendly, Kid-friendly
Accessibility
2.5
Distance
Out-and-back
Trail Type
Easy
Skill Level
1.5 hours
Duration
Spring through Fall
Best Times
USGS Emerald Bay; South Lake Tahoe Basin Recreation Map
Local Maps