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Fallen Leaf Lake is located near South Lake Tahoe, CA at elevation 6,377 ft.

Map of Nor-Cal/FLL

South End of Fallen Leaf Lake - Local Highlights

Map South End of FLL
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Driving Directions

From the Bay Area or Sacramento - the standard route

Take Highway 80 to Sacramento; then take 50 east to South Lake Tahoe.

At the "Y" (intersection of Highway 50/Highway 89/Lake Tahoe Blvd.), turn left on Highway 89 north towards Emerald Bay/Tahoe City, and stay on 89 for 3.1 miles.

Turn Left on Fallen Leaf Road (signs are not large).

Stay on Fallen Leaf Road for approximately 3 miles until you get to the far (south) end of the lake.

Just as you reach the marina area (on your right), take the first turn to your left, which is Price Lane.

Go up the hill and bear right into the parking lot. You've made it!

From the Bay Area or Sacramento - the "shortcut" route

Note: this is a perfectly good and very passable route, it just takes back roads and saves about 15 minutes over the regular route above.

Take Highway 80 to Sacramento; then take Highway 50 east towards South Lake Tahoe.

About 4 miles past Echo Summit, turn left on N. Upper Truckee Road. (There is a KOA Campground on the opposite side of Hwy. 50.)

Go 2.3 miles, and turn left on Lake Tahoe Blvd.

Go 1.3 miles and turn left on Tahoe Mountain Rd.

Follow Tahoe Mt. Rd. 1.1 miles to the "T" intersection, and turn right onto Glenmore.

Go one short block to another "T". and turn left on Dundee Circle.

Go one block and turn left on Tahoe Mountain Rd. (again!), which descends .5 miles downhill to a "T" intersection with Fallen Leaf Road - turn left.

From there, it's about 2 miles to the south end of Fallen Leaf Lake. Just as you reach the marina area (on your right), take the first turn to your left, which is Price Lane.

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Things to do at Fallen Leaf Lake and Vicinity

Water Activities

Fallen Leaf Lake is great for swimming, boating, fishing and other water activities. The marina rents a variety of boats, and has boat slips available for rent on a daily, weekly and monthly basis.

Hiking

Hiking opportunities are endless, with a wide variety of terrain, distance and destinations easily accessible. Some of our favorites include: a 3-4 mile uphill hike to Angora Lakes - a great swimming spot, a short walk up the Fallen Leaf Road to Lily Lake, or an all-day strenous hike to the top of Mt. Tallac. Fallen Leaf is also an ideal "jumping off" spot for day hikes and longer backpacking trips into Desolation Wilderness, with a trailhead and parking area just a mile beyond the south end of the lake.

Sky Pilot has a library of many hiking, botany, birding and other nature-related books that we invite you to use and enjoy during your stay. Many websites, such as the US Forest Service - Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit offer lots of good information as well.

Nearby Places to Visit

A special place to visit is the Stream Profile Chamber at the Taylor Creek Visitors Center. The Chamber provides an up-close, underwater view of a diverted section of Taylor Creek through a panel of aquarium-like windows. The best time to go is during the fall spawning run of the Kokanee Salmon in Taylor Creek.

The Tallac Historic Site is what remains of what was once the "Grandest Resort in the World" and the summer retreats for three of San Francisco Bay Area's socially elite families. The restored estates offer visitors a chance to recapture this bygone and significant era in Lake Tahoe's history.

Stanford Sierra Camp is about a mile past the Fallen Leaf Lodge area, on the western side of the Lake.

Lake Tahoe, of course, offers many other opportunities to enjoy the beautiful area.

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