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Small lake west of Tahoe between Emerald Bay and Camp Richardson.

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Snow fun

Our family visited Fallen Leaf Lake last summer, so when we were looking for local sledding spots, my husband suggested this. We found a few medium hills and lots of snow for... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Melanie O
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Our family visited Fallen Leaf Lake last summer, so when we were looking for local sledding spots, my husband suggested this. We found a few medium hills and lots of snow for snowmen and snowball fights. Also saw people snowshoeing across the meadows. A great year round destination!

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Lodi, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a beautiful lake with an easy trail to access. Very few people, quiet, lovely views, surrounded by trees.

Thank spizza5
Berkshire, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2015 via mobile

Came here in the summer and simply beautiful. Equally beautiful in the winter with snow. Although the camping is closed the trail is accessible, even with just snow boots. Take plenty of warm clothes and water, load your camera and pack the selfie stick!!! Great photos!!!

Thank Penelope C
Hudsonville, Michigan
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2015

This was the perfect trail to take with small children, since it is not a difficult walk, and when you arrive at the lake, there are so many rocks for them to throw into the clear blue water! It was such a great spot -- easy to find, easy to park, such beautiful day! We watched a bald eagle fishing,... More 

Thank rjrjj
Carlsbad, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2015

We drove into a parking spot and hiked in. There was snow and I am over 50.. As someone else mentioned, a very easy hike, more of a walk, beautifullly peaceful and gorgeous. To sit on the edge of the lake and enjoy the serenity, views and clear water is a treat. Please respect the area, it is a quiet... More 

Thank Kendall H
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2015

This lake can be accessed by driving most of the way in, with an easy level hike to the lake. Beautiful scenery.

Thank sls1958
Las Vegas, Nevada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2015

Have been here many times and always enjoyed it. This is about a 2 - 3 mile drive thru the big pine trees on a 1 + car lane road. The Lake is nestled between the trees on the SE side and the Mountain on the SW. It is about 2 miles long (I am guessing). There are many beautiful... More 

Thank Hudson H
Goa, India
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2015

My wife made me drive the curvy road and I didnt know where we were headed to actually but the drive was worth it. The lake was calm and beautiful

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2015

Loved the place when we haulted there. But the road to the lake was pretty lonely and scary. There were like 5 to 6 people when we reached there. But the views are amazing

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Monterey, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2015

My husband took a 2 hour hike and he enjoyed it. Since I'm unable to hike, I just waited and enjoyed the smell of pine, read and enjoyed the peace and quiet. My reward for being his chauffer was a drive around Fallen Leaf Lake. It's precarious, for sure, as it narrows down for only one car at a time.... More 

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