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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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Gorgeous alpine lake

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Rob C
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San Jose, California
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San Jose, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

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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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Definitely a very long drive on a narrow road winding through the wilderness. But the lake is beautiful and there are many great vantage points amidst the homes in the area.

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Bengaluru (Bangalore), India
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Family of three, drove on the narrow not too smooth road through the Pine woods, arrived at the free public parking area, walked down to the lake shore, 2.9 Mikes long! 1 Milw wide lake, good views of Munt Tallac, a few clicks, back to the car and drove on to Truckee and Donner Lake.

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Lincoln, Nebraska
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Fallen Leaf Lake is a beautiful lake just south of Lake Tahoe. A single lane road to the marina makes access difficult.

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Thank 68Z28
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We loved our early morning drive around the Fallen Leaf Lake to the Glen Alpine Fall. This Fall was more powerful and majestic than we expected. The road is one lane much of the way, with narrow pull offs for opposing traffic. We only had to pass two cars but expect traffic to be heavier later on. There are trails... More 

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San Diego, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

If you don't mind travelling a bit down a road that narrows considerably and must be driven for quite a spell, the lake is very peaceful and there are boats, kayaks, bikes to rent. Not much of a walking beach but you can go onto the boat dock and take photos. I would recommend continuing to drive (small car with... More 

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Austin Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We saw this lake during our hike up Mt. Talac and just had to find it. Very low key sign off the main road points to this lake. The road to get to it was a bit scary- you travel on a beautiful road through the forest for a couple/few miles and then you go on a one lane road... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We went to FLL for lunch, but truthfully there is not much else there. It is beautiful but there are so any houses built up along the shore that the public beach is just a few yards long. There is an amazing waterfall at the end of the road that is worth the drive alone, though. In balance, if you... More 

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southern wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2016

We took three separate trips to FLL while we were in Tahoe because the primitive beauty of this place was intoxicating. Each time, the weather was vastly different...70s, 40s, and OMG IT'S COLD! All within one week's time. The trail from where you park to the lake is very easy. The lake itself is pristine, and towered over by Mt.... More 

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State College, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2016

Easy hike to an amazing and picturesque scene. Take your camera and strap on the sneakers or hiking shoes and walk out and enjoy this view.

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