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Address: CA
Activities: Fishing
Description: Small lake west of Tahoe between Emerald Bay and Camp Richardson.
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Beautiful lake South of Lake Tahoe

This is a very pretty lake to either hike to or drive to. The public beach we went to was at the south end of the lake. It is quite small but still very pretty. The cafe and store... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 7, 2015
Jean R
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Utah
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Utah
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27 reviews 27 reviews
8 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

This is a very pretty lake to either hike to or drive to. The public beach we went to was at the south end of the lake. It is quite small but still very pretty. The cafe and store were not yet open for the season.

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Manila, Philippines
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69 reviews 69 reviews
18 attraction reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015

We went on a photographic tour and this was one of the stops. Absolutely in love with the place! We did not want to leave. The lake was beautiful and the water was pristine. The background was snowcapped mountains and it was very serene. I could not say enough good things about it. Best hidden gem in Tahoe! Go!!

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Santa Cruz, California
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

Fallen Leaf Lake is near the south end of Lake Tahoe, near Cascade Lake and Camp Richardson, off of Highway 89. The road in is poorly marked, and is accessible by car for about six months out of the year (the road is not plowed in the winter, or not reliably anyway). You'll pass by the Forest Service Fallen Leaf... More 

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Sisters, Oregon
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30 reviews 30 reviews
11 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2014

We drove to the community and enjoyed some beautiful views! What an awesome place to live! Road is narrow in places, narrows to one lane along the lake!

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United States
Top Contributor
59 reviews 59 reviews
10 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014

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
12 helpful votes 12 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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39 reviews 39 reviews
14 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 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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144 reviews 144 reviews
30 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 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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