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Fallen Leaf Lake

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

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Beautiful tranquil lake

Slightly off the beats track but well worth the effort. Park af the road end at the Marina and Store

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
Waterman2000
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Texas
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

this little one lane road runs along the lake and it is a pretty view. but beware--only one car can pass at a time so you constantly have to pull over. that is workable with effort, and allowing plenty of time. but the rough road really beat us up!!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Slightly off the beats track but well worth the effort. Park af the road end at the Marina and Store

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Sacramento, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a nice campground that the sites are not on top of each other with a short hike to get to the lake. The campground has showers and a small store, the staff were friendly. The lake is about five miles long, at the other end of the lake from the campground is a boat harbor that has kayak... More 

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South San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

My husband and I actually liked this lake more than the overly-commercialized Lake Tahoe! An extremely easy trail, takes you to a pristine and quiet lake. Great place to have a picnic and have a serene moment. One of the best things we did in the Lake Tahoe region.

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2016 via mobile

The Moraine Trail itself is NOT listed on TripAdvisor, so, I am posting this on the Fallen Leaf Lake. Well, its trailhead is right at the parking lot of the campground anyway. Parking is FREE. There are a few picnic tables by the parking lot. It's an easy, flat, ~1.3mile (1-way) scenic trail through the forest to a narrow dam... More 

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Temecula, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2016

My wife and I had heard about Fallen Leaf Lake and decided to check it out while in Lake Tahoe. The road ( about 5 miles) into the lake is single lane with lots of traffic going both ways - so a lot of pulling over to let cars pass you. It took about 30 minutes each way down this... More 

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Dallas, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2016

It's a long, very narrow, winding road (about 4.5 miles) into Fallen Leaf Lake from the highway, but it is worth the trip! Plan on driving slowly; you will need to pull over in places to allow cars, bikers and walkers by in the narrow areas. Once you arrive, there is a store and cafe, along with rentals of kayaks... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2016 via mobile

Saw the sign for Fallen Leaf Lake from the main road and decided to check it out. We turned onto the asphalt road and started meandering back toward the lake. It did not take long before the road turned into a single lane that was full of potholes. It was very bumpy. As we continued the already poor road began... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2016 via mobile

We stayed in the Fallen Leaf Campground, which was a very short distance from the lake. It is a well designed campground with helpful staff. We visited the lake with our dog early in the morning. It was very serene.

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San Jose, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2016

A small but spectacular alpine lake surrounded by mountains and forests. There are hiking trails all around the lake, camping ground at the north end and a small marina on the south shore. Great views of Mount Tallac, which dominates the lake. Access is ok from the north end a bit more difficult on the southern side due to one... More 

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