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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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An easy 2.5mi (round trip) scenic trail through the woods and along the lake shore. Great for all ages!

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
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Las Vegas, Nevada
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Las Vegas, Nevada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW 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 1 week ago

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 2 weeks ago

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 2 weeks ago 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 2 weeks ago 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2016

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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2016

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 July 2, 2016

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2016 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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