Fallen Leaf Lake is located on the South Shore of Lake Tahoe.
This is a fun day trip if you are staying on the North Shore of Lake Tahoe. The drive from Tahoe City is only about thirty minutes and there are several places to stop along the way. Some of my favorite stops are: Sugar Pine State Park, Meeks Bay Resort and Emerald Bay where you can hike down to the famous Vikingsholm.
When you get to the turn off for Fallen Leaf lake the road begins to narrow, so take your time and enjoy the view. There is a nice camp ground on the North side of the lake and they recently put up a few yurts; a great way to camp if you decide to spend the night.
As you approach the lake, be prepared to have your breath taken away. This is one of the most spectacular settings I have ever seen. There is a small marina on the lake that offers a variety of boats for rent and a small sandy beach. I hear the fishing is good here, although I have not personally wet a line at Fallen Leaf.
But wait there’s more!
The hiking is great and it seems to go on forever. If you follow the road to the end, there is a parking lot and trail-head. As you approach the trail-head be sure to complete a hiking permit and read the map. As you walk up the trail you will see occasional summer homes and eventually a summer camp. The trail will take you up to Mt. Tallac if you’re up for the hike.
After your visit to Fallen Leaf Lake, you can view the salmon at Taylor Creek.
If you have been to Fallen Leaf Lake please comment below.
Here are some links to other lakes near Lake Tahoe: