Angora Lakes Trail is a 1.2 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near South Lake Tahoe, California that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, trail running, and nature trips and is accessible from March until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
Although you can drive into the lake itself, this small out-and-back hike will give you more reason to relax in the cool water of Angora Lake once you arrive.
Scenic views every step of the way! A steep hike and the trail is tiny and rocks all the way. A different experience.
Nice trail and our 2 and 3 yo could walk everything on their own.
Strollers could be possible, but then they have to be stable ones with big wheels.
Love it! Easy, kid friendly, dog friendly and the place is amazing!
We mainly did this trail to go to the lake. The road in is 1 lane and hard to find... first attempt lead us to fallen leaf lake. Parking tough, had to wait for people to leave. It's a nice hike in, easy for all ages, beautiful walk. The first lake was nice, has cabins. Didn't notice swimming there but the next lake shortly after it, has a beach area with picnic tables and a lemonade type stand. Can rent boats. There's cliff diving off some rocky areas across the lake from the beach. Though we watched paramedics come twice in a couple hours from people injured. The lake is great for swimming. This visit picnicking was bad because of bees. Couldn't eat with out being swarmed. Crowded place on a week day. Wouldn't want to be there on a weekend.
It was incredible! The lake is like a hidden jewel amongst granite rocks and mountains. But too many people and the drive to the trail is one lane.
Edit: hiked in 2015
Very beautiful hike and easy for kids! It's worth the drive up and waiting for a parking spot to hike to such a oasis!
Short trail, though w some elevation gain. Kids can do it easily (and we saw lots of little kids), but my 79-yr-old mom had to take it pretty slowly bc of the elevation (about 7400 ft) and the uphill portions. Beautiful little lake at end, very popular. You can rent a kayak or stand up paddleboard. We also went swimming. Water was cold that shallow so bearable. You can buy sandwiches or ice cream at the little store at the lake. A very pleasant family outing. ***Get an early start to ensure that you can get parking! It's not that big of a lot and a very long drive out on a single lane road if the parking lot is full. Also, bring $7 cash (exact change to put in the iron ranger) for the parking fee. We got there at 10:45 on a Friday and got one of the last parking places.
Easy trail for kids. The beach/public space at the end is pretty small.
This hike was short and effective. There is a sign for the Angora Trail between the fire station and the chapel (but closer to fire department side). The trail itself is very straightforward to follow. Lots of rocks in the beginning and an uphill climb all the way. It's totally worth it though! Took my friends and I about an hour before we got to the lakes. Going down was a lot quicker since it was all downhill from there.