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Fallen Leaf Lake

CA
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Ranked #527 of 5,049 Attractions in California
Type: Bodies of Water
Activities: Fishing
Description: Small lake west of Tahoe between Emerald Bay and Camp Richardson.
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English first
United States
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51 reviews 51 reviews
9 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014 NEW

I'm torn about how to rate Fallen Leaf Lake. How can you give anything but 5 stars to such a beautiful place? Well, I did. Sorry. Don't hate me. The lake itself deserves 5 stars, don't get me wrong, but if you're driving, it's totally not worth it. The boy and I camped at Fallen Leaf Campground this past weekend... More

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round rock, tx
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14 reviews 14 reviews
6 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

I was pleasantly surprised by how relaxing this "hike" was. I use quotations because it's really just a walk through the woods. There's little to no incline, easy to follow paths, and a mirror calm lake. It was a perfect place to go to take a walk and sit by the lake to eat lunch. I would have LOVED to... More

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Sacramento, California
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20 reviews 20 reviews
9 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014

I can't believe I've lived in California my entire life and never been on this hike! We would have been happy with the initial trek, but as we progressed up we could see BOTH Lake Tahoe and the lovely jade/teal of Fallen Leaf Lake at the same time! Of course, it helped that it was a PERFECT fall October day,... More

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Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
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14 reviews 14 reviews
9 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

On our first trip to Lake Tahoe a friend familiar with the lake took us to Fallen Leave Lake. I wasn't sure what to expect when we meandered the lake on a one lane road, a bit of an adventure when meeting oncoming traffic but it was terrific. Great views, and a nice little rustic restaurant/gift shop half way around.... More

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Denver, Colorado
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131 reviews 131 reviews
28 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014 via mobile

Beautiful surprise at the end of the road. Gorgeous lake, great restaurant very friendly staff and food was very good. The views were outstanding the deck at the restaurant overlooked the lake it was a very relaxing lunch. Beautiful country here in Lake Tahoe. Perfect time of year to come not crowded.

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Placerville, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Once again, Fallen Leaf Lake did not disappoint...I am hesitant to write this review as I enjoy the peace and serenity of this beautiful lake and would hate to see it overrun, There was a pair of Sea-Doo's out there this weekend reminding us that obnoxiousness is not far away. A short bike ride down to the highway reveals a... More

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SF Bay Area
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64 reviews 64 reviews
11 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014

It's a curvy, one+ car lane road drive in and out, but it's totally worth it! There's a little beach, with kayaks and waterskiing. It doesn't have the crowds of Lake Tahoe, the lake is beautiful, the surrounding trees and mountains beautiful. All in all, a nice place to visit for a few hours.

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Murrieta, California
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33 reviews 33 reviews
7 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

The drive to the lake was tight, basically one way with several turnouts but the scenery was nice. Our focus was looking for a beach which we found at the marina near the end of the road. It was small but you could get your feet wet. It appeared to us that the beach was primarily for the guests of... More

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Menifee
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16 reviews 16 reviews
6 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

My husband and I have written and published eleven hiking guides in southern California, our latest, Best Hikes Near LA published by Globe Pequot Press. We are looking to expand our next book into hikes and activities in the Mammoth, Sequoia, Yosemite and Lake Tahoe area. We are also avid skiers. This late June early August we camped for three... More

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San Luis Obispo
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21 reviews 21 reviews
10 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

As you sit on the shore looking across to Mt. Tallac, you realize you are in the real Tahoe. We rode bikes that we rented at Anderson's Bike Rental and pedaled up to Fallen Leaf. The ride up Hwy 89 is pretty flat, but the last mile to the lake took a little bit of effort. Nothing Olympic.......just stay in... More

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