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Fallen Leaf Lake, California

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#176 of 403 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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  • 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 »
  • Easy walk from the day parking area at Fallen Leaf Campground to the lake. Met friends staying at the Campgrounds and they took us past a hollow tree, where you can stand in the tree. Meandered to the...  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.

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