Angora Lakes Trail

EASY 92 reviews

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 best used from March until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
1.2 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
226 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

hiking

nature trips

trail running

forest

lake

views

wildlife

rocky

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.

4 days ago

great walk for all ages. 2yr old to 73yrold! too cold to swim at this time of year. beautiful scenery.

hiking
25 days ago

Beautiful!!!! Will do this again and spend a 1/2 day there!!!!!

1 month ago

This trail was definitely not easy, not the hardest one but I definitely had to stop to take a break. The lakes are beautiful and totally worth it!

Great trail, easy and able to navigate. Will do it again!

hiking
1 month ago

Easy stroke to the best kept secret in Tahoe!!

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful lake and an easy uphill hike. The lake rents paddle boards and boats. Great place to cool off and swim.

walking
2 months ago

This was an absolute blast. Short easy hike for the little kids and enjoyable water. My 5 year old cousin had absolutely no problem with this trail and it was a great little trip for the family from out of town. Added bonus, on the other side of the lake there was some cliff jumps for the older kids and adults. Extremely fun day out for the family.

hiking
2 months ago

I took my family to spend the day at the lake. My 3 and 5 year olds hiked in on their own. It's a little strenuous on the way in, but I saw folks of all shapes and sizes making the trek. The short hike is well worth it when you get to the end... and remember, it's downhill on the way back!

Like another poster suggested, you should make a day out of this. Bring a lunch. Wear your swimsuit. Bring a few bucks, in case you want to rent a kayak, row boat, or SUP ($22/hr).

Bring exact change for parking (now, $8). Getting a parking permit is self-service. The El Dorado County Sheriff was in the lot when we came back to our car, so they do check. On the upside, you know your car is secure.

Read what other posters have written on here and Yelp. They are pretty accurate in their assessments.

Note: It says in the above description that you can drive to the lake. This is not correct. They have reserved parking spots in the same parking lot you park in for people staying at the small resort. The resort will truck in the luggage...not you.

hiking
2 months ago

Easy uphill walk in. Takes about 30 min with a little kid. We packed in our paddle boards and got to the upper lake and it was awesome. Make a day out of it not just a hike in.

hiking
2 months ago

This is a uphill climb to start. Its very short as the distance suggest. The scenery is outstanding. The drive here is also beautiful. We did this in the evening and saw lots of people walking back with towels.

2 months ago

Beautiful, easy hike! My 5 and 8 year old girls LOVED jumping into the lake and my 13 year old son and his friends did a lot of cliff jumping despite the warnings of injury! They started on the tallest cliff, which is about 60-70 ft and worked their way to the more popular smaller cliffs! It can be very dangerous, so be careful, research the areas, ask around for advice and NEVER dive!

The Lemonade is a fantastic treat

2 months ago

An easy beautiful hike with a wonderful lake swim and don't forget to try their awesome homemade lemonade!

hiking
2 months ago

We could not find the angora ridge road, missed the left turn off Tahoe mount road / Dundee road. Drove to the end till fallen leaf road and turned left at the fallen leaf road. Very little signage. Drove a few miles along the beautiful quite fallen leaf road without realizing it till the end to the parking lot near lake lily. There is a beautiful waterfall on glen alpine creek and plenty of parking. After self registering at the ranger info station (unmanned) we set out looking for the angora lakes trail head. We took the rather strenuous and steep but beautiful trail up to the angora lakes trail. Totally unplanned but an awesome challenge. Human traffic almost none. We met only 3 or 4 hikers in this trail compared to the noisy hordes of visitors (not hikers) on the upper angora lakes trail itself. Great experience, this part of the trail from the fallen leaf lake fire station to the upper angora lakes trail is not for small children. Steep Rocky climb. But a fantastic moderate and short climb for serious hikers.

3 months ago

great trail for those with little ones! we did the trail with a 5 and a 2 year old. fun for everyone. also liked easy access to Port a potty.

3 months ago

Super mild, definitely want to come back in the summer and go in the lake

hiking
11 months ago

Trail to beautiful Angora Lake (and its resort) leads from the 2nd parking area. ($7 day use fee.) Short trail to Angora Ridge overlooking Fallen Leaf Lake and Lake Tahoe begins between the 1st and 2nd parking lots.

11 months ago

Beautiful little lake with a small summer resort sitting right next to it.

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

It's a wonderful trail to take the kids. We went with my 4 and 2 years old and it was great. We got to the second lake and had a popsicle. We rented a row boat for $20/hour. We loved it.

hiking
Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Super easy hike. We have two kids--8 and 4. They both did great on the way in (on the way up)...sandy path with giant boulders to climb on either side...extremely well maintained---four wheel drive cars can (and did--we saw one) make it easily. Our son (4) cried the whole way back...didn't want to leave the beautiful alpine lake with "world famous lemonade", boats and more, to come back to the car.

hiking
Monday, August 07, 2017

This trail is good and hard if you take it from behind the fire station at fallen leaf lake, otherwise you can cheat and drive up to these beautiful lakes that had the feel of a college frat party or a public swimming pool. Great place if you wanna take the kids, drive up and BBQ in a beautiful setting.

hiking
Sunday, August 06, 2017

Really wonderful hike! It's about 0.75 miles each way. Hike takes you to 2 lakes, the second of which is Angora Lake. Angora Lake is actually a resort that is run by a really sweet and awesome family. Angora Lake is really great for kids because there are no motorized boats, leaving the water pretty calm. There are kayaks, SUP boards, etc available for rent. There is also food/drinks available for purchase on the lake. Great place to spend a day, especially when the weather is nice.

NOTE: the hike to get to the lake is uphill, but we saw children of all ages doing the hike. And trust me when I say that if I made the hike, then anyone can make it!

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Amazing!!!

hiking
Sunday, July 23, 2017

The kids had a great time, cliff jumping at the lake and gorgeous views, new getaway spot for this fam

Monday, July 10, 2017

Getting here is half the fun. The drive to the parking area is up a one lane road (with turnouts, but it is paved after the first hundred feet or so) on what appears to be a ridge with absolutely stunning views. Parking is currently $7 (cash or check). The trail is gorgeous and easy - a bit shorter than we'd like, but you are rewarded with two beautiful small lakes. People were paddle boarding, swimming, and sailing on/in the second lake. We took my 13 year old and 5 year old, and the trail was no problem for them. I'm giving it five stars for the amazing scenery, but I would consider this a nice walk through the woods and not a hike. Definitely good for families. We will be back.

hiking
Wednesday, July 05, 2017

Great hike. Not too long and we found it doable with small kids (one 4 yr old and one 7). The way in took, not surprisingly, significantly longer than the way back out, but it still wasn't a very long hike (maybe 30-40 mins in? 15 out?) The description should have mentioned that Angora Lake has a store where you can buy food, amazing homemade lemonade and lemonade popsicles, among other things. (and they do take credit cards.) You can also rent boats, paddle boards and other water sport equipment. There were a lot of people there hanging out along the lake. There's also a dangerous, stupid pattern of people jumping off the 35-50' cliff into the water on the far side of the lake. Signs warn against it and detail the numerous 911 calls, life-altering injuries, and deaths that have happened bc of this over just the last couple years alone. (And yet we still overheard an older guy cajoling a group of young men to do it.) The parking at the trailhead can be scarce (we were lucky to get a spot) and costs $7. The road in is narrow and at times fairly rough but has amazing views of Fallen Leaf Lake and Tallac.

Tuesday, July 04, 2017

Distance isn't accurate. I wouldn't recommended with younger kids.

Monday, July 03, 2017

Nice walk.
awesome rock jumping!

hiking
Friday, May 19, 2017

Snow blocks driveway. I even haven't arrived the beginning of the trail.

hiking
Friday, October 14, 2016

Scenic views every step of the way! A steep hike and the trail is tiny and rocks all the way. A different experience.

hiking
Saturday, September 24, 2016

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.

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