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Fallen Leaf Lake, California

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#158 of 401 in Nature in California
Fallen Leaf Lake is a mountain lake located in El Dorado County, California, near the California-Nevada state border, about one mile south of the much larger Lake Tahoe. It is approximately aligned north-to-south and oval in shape, measuring approximately 2.9 miles (4.6 km) on the long axis and 0.9 miles (1.4 km) on the short axis. The lake was created by at least two glaciers that traveled northward down the Glen Alpine Valley. If the glacier had continued instead of stopping, Fallen Leaf Lake would be a bay of Lake Tahoe, similar to nearby Emerald Bay. A terminal moraine is visible at the north end of the lake on the northeast edge.Surrounding landFallen Leaf Lake is located within the National Forest System lands managed by the Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit, adjacent to El Dorado County. The land surrounding the lake is privately owned, leased from the U.S. Forest Service, and part of the Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit. Like some areas where the Forest Service has leased land intermingled with private land, the two land types appear in a mosaic or checkerboard pattern.
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  • This beautiful place no better description on the site. access this way Emerald bay. The signs do not let you miss it.
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  • To reach the Fallen Leaf Lake, we had to drive through a dire shape narrow road (better not bring your good car, there) to finally see a tiny beach, more like a private sand box. The place looked more...  more »
  • If you are visiting Lake Tahoe this is another place you can easily cover. Less crowded than the big lake. You can rent self-drive boats if you are interested.  more »
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  • Easy hiking trail to the lake off the road. Beautiful spot- would love to do a run around it sometime!
  • This place is great there are lots of trails and a beautiful Lake. People who stay at the campground nearby use it for swimming boating there's lots to do here
  • One of our favorite lakes in Tahoe. Lots of hiking trails, there is camping and a beautiful lodge to stay at. Pack a picnic and enjoy creating new memories.
  • Absolutely beautiful. NICE selection of hiking and biking trails. Park benches provided along beach area. Not too busy, since it's off the beaten path.
  • Easy hike with big rewards in views. Beach was moderately crowded but it was the Sunday of Memorial Day long weekend. Still managed to find a nice log to sit on.

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