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Fallen Leaf Lake, California

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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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TripAdvisor
  • Seriously? I do not know how anyone can complain about this lake. Clear water, beautiful views. We chose to visit the waterfall which requires zero hiking. If you have a problem with the one lane road...  more »
  • We traveled the Oregon and California coasts, Yosemite and last stop on our trip was South Lake Tahoe. Saw MANY lakes on our trip, but this was our favorite. Rented bikes from Anderson Bike Rental and...  more »
  • We love Fallen Leaf Lake and hike and camp there on a regular basis. There are a number of reviews that talk about the narrow road along the lake and find it to be a difficult drive. While the store/c...  more »
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  • 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.
  • Gorgeous lake with nice trails around it. Be aware of bear living around the lake though.
  • Great lake with beautiful view of Mt. Tallac. Can get crowded with tourist though.