Angora Ridge Road

Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit, California

Elevation Gain286ft
Trailhead Elevation7,215ft
Elevation Min/Max7215/7438ft
Elevation Start/End7215/7215ft

Angora Ridge Road

Angora Ridge Road is a hiking, biking, and horse trail in El Dorado County, California. It is within Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit. It is 0.6 miles long and begins at 7,215 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 1.2 miles with a total elevation gain of 286 feet. Along the trail there is a water. The trail ends near the Angora Lakes Resort and cabins alpine hut.

Angora Ridge Road Professional Reviews and Guides

"This is a fun ride, especially if you are staying in the Fallen Leaf or Camp Richardson areas. You can start right from your campsite. You'll travel past several lakes and you'll get some great views without too much climbing."

"Pack your towels and bring the kids: The Angora Lakes Trail is short, sweet, and the perfect introduction to hiking in the mountains around Lake Tahoe."

"Throw the suits and towels into the day pack and bring the
kids: The Angora Lakes Trail is short, sweet, and lovely—the
perfect introduction to the pleasures of hiking in the mountains around Lake Tahoe.

A short romp up the Angora Lakes Resort access road, with just enough elevation gain to get your heart pumping, leads to the sandy shoreline of Upper Angora Lake. The setting is postcard-perfect, with the blue-green lake pooling in a basin at the base of the stark gray-and-black rock faces of Echo and Angora Peaks."

"What a difference some snow makes. Experience firsthand the calm, wild, and remote Angora Lakes when decked out with pure white flakes, as opposed to summertime, when throngs of tourists guzzle sodas and sunbathe there. The panorama of powder-coated peaks and azure lakes atop Angora Lookout is a breathtaking treat, and having popular Angora Lakes all to yourself is special. The route is so straightforward—it climbs moderately on a road to the lookout and beyond—that cross-country skiers and occasional snowmobilers also enjoy the trip."

"A visit to the Angora Lakes is an easy, enjoyable trip. The short hike leads to Lower and Upper Angora Lakes, home of Angora Lake Resort. Hikers are welcome to enjoy the facilities along the northern end of Upper Angora Lake. It is a great place to lay on the beach, swim, fish, rent a boat, sip lemonade, and eat. Dogs are welcome in the lower lake, but must be leashed and may not swim in the upper lake."

"Lying side by side at 7,440 feet are two little pristine lakes—Lower Angora and Upper Angora. Together they’re referred to as Angora Lakes and they sit within a carved bowl of towering granite cliffs. The smooth, wide dirt road leading up to the lakes climbs steadily, traversing up a ridge, gaining 1,040 feet in 4.25 miles. Once on the ridge, splendid views emerge, Fallen Leaf Lake and Lake Tahoe on the right and the narrow Upper Truckee River valley and the US 50 corridor on the left. The return trip is an exhilarating downhill flight—all the way—for a total round-trip of 8.5 miles."

"Warm up with a bit of singletrack along Fallen Leaf Road before the long, steady climb up Angora Ridge. A lookout on the ridge offers dramatic views of Fallen Leaf Lake, Mount Tallac, and Lake Tahoe on one side and the Upper Truckee River Basin on the other. Don’t be misled, you can drive nearly all the way on the narrow, rough, and mostly dirt road. There is a surprisingly large parking lot at the end of the road before the last trail run up to the lakes. The glacial Angora Lakes back up against steep granite cliffs below Angora Peak and the Desolation Wilderness. The upper lake is bordered by a small lodge, cabins, and a beach that offers swimming, rowing, cliff jumping, and fishing. This is a popular spot, with a fair amount of vehicle traffic on weekends. Watch for cars, particularly on the downhill run."

"This short easy trail is a popular trip for visitors staying near South Lake Tahoe. The graded dirt and paved road, known as Angora Ridge Road, is suitable for passenger vehicles and passes a variety of spectacular scenery. It begins near Fallen Leaf Lake and travels gradually onto Angora Ridge. The whole trail is a moderate ride for mountain bikers, who can continue along the trail to the lakes and resort. Special Attractions: The historic complex of Angora Fire Lookout; Views of Fallen Leaf Lake and Lake Tahoe; Fishing, kayaking, and hiking at the scenic Angora Lakes; Fallen Leaf Lake and Tallac Historic Site near the start of the trail. High-clearance 4WDs are preferred, but any high-clearance vehicle is acceptable. Expect a rough road surface; mud and sand are possible but will be easily passable. You may encounter rocks up to 6 inches in diameter, a loose road surface, and shelf roads, though these will be wide enough for passing or will have adequate pull-offs."

Angora Ridge Road Reviews

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Easy, short hike (1 mile) - good for kids. And at the end of the trail you can rent a kayak to cruise the small lake, or have lunch at the store.
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Beautiful lake with a short, easy hike. Unfortunately, the road and parking lot has been paved in recent years and the resort expanded, making the beach a noisy crowded affair. Still worth going, but don't expect any privacy or solitude.
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Angora Lakes is a great biking trip! I love camping at Fallen Leaf Lake. It's a good ride and it's pretty secluded on the way up to Angora which I like. I'm planning to do this trip again soon!

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Oct 2018