Fallen Leaf Lake Trail

South Lake Tahoe, California

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Wandering along large Fallen Leaf Lake is an intimate, relaxing experience, one full of fantastic views of mighty Mount Tallac and photogenic Angora Peak. Cross-country skiers, weekend snowmobilers, and even hikers in boots congregate around the eastern shore, but you only have to venture westward a mile or so along the southern shore to attain deep peace and tranquility. Adventurous souls can negotiate the inlet crossing and circumnavigate the entire lake, just call ahead to check on avalanche danger on the southwestern banks of the lake. Keep in mind, though, the best views are seen from the water’s southern edge. Fallen Leaf Lake is ringed with conifers and features several tiny, pebbly beaches, some decorated with driftwood. Your mission is to explore as many of these nifty paradises as possible, searching for ducks that cruise the often choppy, azure lake, which generally does not freeze over. This oblong lake is second only to Lake Tahoe in size in the immediate Lake Tahoe vicinity.
Snowshoe Routes: Northern California

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Snowshoe Routes: Northern California

by Marc J. Soares (The Mountaineers Books)

Wandering along large Fallen Leaf Lake is an intimate, relaxing experience, one full of fantastic views of mighty Mount Tallac and photogenic Angora Peak. Cross-country skiers, weekend snowmobilers, and even hikers in boots congregate around the eastern shore, but you only have to venture westward a mile or so along the southern shore to attain deep peace and tranquility. Adventurous souls can negotiate the inlet crossing and circumnavigate the entire lake, just call ahead to check on avalanche danger on the southwestern banks of the lake. Keep in mind, though, the best views are seen from the water’s southern edge. Fallen Leaf Lake is ringed with conifers and features several tiny, pebbly beaches, some decorated with driftwood. Your mission is to explore as many of these nifty paradises as possible, searching for ducks that cruise the often choppy, azure lake, which generally does not freeze over. This oblong lake is second only to Lake Tahoe in size in the immediate Lake Tahoe vicinity.

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Activity Type: Cross-Country Skiing, Snowshoeing
Nearby City: South Lake Tahoe
Distance: 10
Elevation Gain: 300 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 2–5 hours
Season: Winter
Accessibility: Kid-friendly
Local Contacts: Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit
Local Maps: USGS Emerald Bay
Driving Directions: Directions to Fallen Leaf Lake Trail

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May 2018