Fallen Leaf Lake Trail

MODERATE 20 reviews
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Fallen Leaf Lake Trail is a 8.1 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near South Lake Tahoe, CA that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

8.1 miles 861 feet Loop

dog friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

snowshoeing

trail running

walking

forest

lake

views

wild flowers

wildlife

hiking
23 days ago

Nice, long and not well marked in places.

hiking
23 days ago

We got lost for several hours going around the lake. Lots of little trails going off the main one and it's difficult to tell which one you should follow. Not good for novice hikers. Lake was beautiful and campground lovely.

hiking
3 months ago

The hike, as displayed on the map to the right, is not an actual hike. There is no trail on the east side of the lake. You can hike counterclockwise from near the campground and finish at the marina. After that the "trail" is walking the paved road back to where you started. We asked a few locals at the marina where the trail continues around the remainder of the lake and were told, "There is no trail on that side of the lake". This was a bit disappointing.

hiking
4 months ago

Very hard to find trailhead. We missed it and drove the single lane road all the way to the marina...and back again. Park by the campground sign, where all the other cars are. Beautiful easy walk once we finally found it.

4 months ago

5 months ago

Stunning Lake.

5 months ago

6 months ago

Such an amazing waterfall to see

hiking
6 months ago

Awesome!

6 months ago

Beautiful and an easy hike.

6 months ago

We drove in May. It is an awesome watwrfall! Easy trip off the main drag.

hiking
6 months ago

The view was great, and the terrain was comfortable. I took my dog and we had no problems. Only got about two miles in before we started to run out of light, but I will be going back to do the whole thing! Just moved here from Michigan, so I'm not quite used to the elevation yet, which made it a little tough after 7,000ft, but for any locals that shouldn't be a problem.

10 months ago

hiking
1 year ago

Nice long hike. You CAN get around the entire lake, but you need to detour and take some roads. From the trailhead moving north, continue along the well-maintained soft dirt track for about 2.5 miles, staying toward the left (where the lake should be). This dirt track will continue until about 3 miles and then turn into an asphalt single lane road to several cabins. Walk along this road until you reach a fork, down is a boat dock, up is a dead end. At the end of the boat dock you'll find a sign that reads 'trail not maintained for public use.' Go there. The trail is not maintained, but it's clear what's a trail and what's not. You'll encounter varied terrain, rocks, cliffs and really cool views of the lake. Continue along this trail, pass by a signpost for Mt. Talac, and keep the lake on your left until 4-5 miles when the trail spits you out at a posh family camp. Exit the camp and connect to Fallen Leaf Road by going left at the fire station. Finish the hike via this road. Be careful of cars. The entire hike was actually between 8-9 miles, no where near 11 as stated above. Happy hiking!

walking
1 year ago

hiking
2 years ago

This was a pleasant (and popular!) hike with the kids (ages 3-11). Even though it was August, it was a nice 76 degrees. We saw a number of other families out for the holiday weekend, many with their dogs.

hiking
3 years ago

Beautiful walk thru the trees - kids loved it (ages ranging from 3 to 10- all had a very easy time of it). We hit rain at the lake so quickly retreated back to the truck so didn't get a chance to spend much time around the water. It was great for pictures though. Highly recommended for all ages.

hiking
4 years ago

This trail was a wonderful walk through the snow in January. The lake was ours to explore as most residents were up on the slopes. The trail was easy to follow on the east side but was a bit more challenging to find under a foot of snow on both ends. Though this lake is close to town, it felt remote and separate from the south shore scene. Highly recommend this hike

snowshoeing
4 years ago

Gorgeous views of the lake and of Mt. Tallac. There wasn't an obvious trail so I spent quite a while following other tracks that didn't lead anywhere or just making my own path.