Fallen Leaf Lake Road is a 7.8 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near South Lake Tahoe, California 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.

Distance: 7.8 miles Elevation Gain: 400 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dog friendly

kid friendly

nature trips

snowshoeing

walking

bird watching

beach

forest

lake

paved

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

snow

Note: Some trails may be CLOSED due to bear activity. Please check with the park page for more information.

scenic driving
6 months ago

Nice scenic one way traffic drive along the lake with great views. Paved but not the smoothest road.

hiking
7 months ago

As many have already mentioned, this is not really a trail, but asphalt. Good sights, easy going walk. Restaurant on the south side of the lake can be a nice little reward

hiking
7 months ago

Some trails are closed due to bears. Not much color change with trees yet. It should be really pretty in a week or so. Very cold by the Lake. Cool but nice on trail.

hiking
9 months ago

This trail that everyone’s been talking about is indeed a road, easy to get to and beautiful scenery

mountain biking
9 months ago

I love this place. I would recommend it so pretty

mountain biking
9 months ago

Road, not trail. Not a lot of traffic and good views of lake from campground and at head of lake.

hiking
rocky
9 months ago

Short hike to a waterfall. Not too steep, but the path is made of rocks so wear sturdy shoes. Nice short and easy hike!

hiking
9 months ago

The name of trail says it all... it's a road... with cars. That being said, this is a nice road to just go for a walk and not only sneak a peek at Fallen leaf lake, but also you find several opportunities to go off the road and trek over to the lake shore. Pretty much level the whole way in and back, so no surprises there. When you get to the meadow area, cut through it and to the lake, very secluded, very nice. If you want to add a little distance to the overall walk, you can cut into the camp grounds and walk around the campsites for a bit. Overall this trail/ road offers a somewhat peaceful afternoon walk, I say "somewhat peaceful" because the cars do break up the serene environment. The best time to enjoy this walk is in the fall, cooler temperatures, way less cars, beautiful fall colors!

hiking
10 months ago

Didn’t like that it was a road the whole way. LOTS of car/truck traffic. I went off the road towards the lake at the start but ended up on private property and got back on the road. If you stay on the road you only enjoy the lake for about a mile as you are walking through a residential area towards the marina.

hiking
10 months ago

We did a loop around the lake. Saw a bear... I ran away screaming, my girlfriend (at the time) walked toward him to take a picture (I’ll post it)... we’re married now, so apparently that’s not a deal breaker. - we were going to climb something, but we were both too hung over. Maybe we really just saw a dog... who knows? Five stars for the company, but the trail only gets 3 for the reasons others have listed (not a loop, on a road, cars not hiker friendly, scary bears).

hiking
11 months ago

This is not a loop. It ends at private property. If you follow the trail to the end you end up on a narrow paved road for a couple miles that is heavily trafficked with cars and tough with a dog. The bonus is that if you keep going there’s a nice marina, store and cafe that’s dog friendly. You can’t continue around the lake this direction as you end up in more private property and even if you did get through traversing the sharp rocks isn’t possible with a dog or kids. We backtracked and took a few different trails through a meadow. This is the second time we’ve hiked around this lake. Next time we’ll stick to the trail going clockwise. This is also the second time we’ve spotted bears near the water edge so stay alert has keep dogs and kids close.

hiking
11 months ago

Disclaimer: this is not a “trail” and it’s not a “loop”. It’s a paved road (with lots of car traffic) that goes out and back (hence the one star rating). But there is hope: there are some really amazing trails surrounding that can make this a very fun hike. Start by following the dirt trail that runs parallel to the road; this ends at Tahoe Mountain Road. Take a left, walk up the road for a ways, then take a right on the Angora Ridge Trail. This is a BEAUTIFUL hike with some great vistas. Walk approximately 1.8 Miles until the trail meets up with Angora Ridge Road. Take a right on the dirt road, then shortly after another right on Clark Trail. This gets you to the same ends point. You can walk the road back at that point (if you so wish). Now THAT’S a great hike.

Beautiful trail. Today was the best I’ve seen with calm waters, especially at the east end of the lake where the mountains were reflecting off the lake. Didn’t follow the road - we took a very leisurely 4 mile stroll towards each end of the lake and then back through the meadow. Gorgeous.

hiking
Sat Sep 22 2018

a good portion of the trail is paved road on the one side, but otherwise it was a lovely, not terribly trafficked trail on the 4th of July weekend.

Fri Sep 14 2018

pretty

Mon Aug 27 2018

Our dog really enjoyed this trail and the easy access to the lake water. Parking was a bit crowded but once we were on the trail it was great.

Sat Aug 18 2018

Gorgeous lake, easy trail at campground. Great birdwatching area, I saw Western Tanagers. Can be crowded at times.

hiking
Sun Jul 22 2018

I would only recommend doing half the lake. After that you have to walk through Stanford Camp and are on a one lane road the 2nd half of the hike. The road is one lane and not safe to walk on with children. The cars are not looking out for walkers. Beautiful lake just don’t go past the lodge. I would get lunch and go back same direction not on the road.

Sat Jun 23 2018

A large portion of this is paved road. It was good exercise walking around the lake but that's about it.

Sat Jun 23 2018

hiked with my dog june 21 18. weather was perfect, lake was beautiful.

snowshoeing
Tue Jan 30 2018

I went around the lake on 1/28/18. I was hopeful about the snow from a couple days prior but had to take my snowshoes off after about 10 minutes. There’s not enough snow for them to be necessary. This lake is a gem, you don’t have to hike long before seeing amazing views! Definitely recommend!

Sat Dec 30 2017

Beautiful hike but as others have said below - the trail is not marked. Starting at the trailhead and going counter clockwise, we made it all the way around the lake in 3 hours, but we were going pretty fast as the sun was going down. A little icy in some parts but once you get to the road past the rock gullies/creek it's all a road. Would be a better hike in summer.

running
Sun Nov 26 2017

Grand views, especially now when the mountains are just crusted with snow. The trail really isn’t that hard to follow - you follow the blue markings on the trees. There are some forks in the trail but as long as you stay close to the lake you won’t get lost. I only went 2.5 miles in (5 miles round-trip) because the trail was blocked by private property. Apparently if you go right (near the fire house) the trail picks up again, but really it’s fine just turning around there.

Fri Nov 03 2017

The trial is easy. You walk around the beautiful lake with peace and harmony.

Thu Oct 26 2017

Great views, but poorly marked trail.

hiking
Thu Oct 26 2017

Easy trail ! Beautiful, end of October 2017

hiking
Wed Sep 20 2017

We took the loop starting from the right where we passed an old ruin house with a chimney still standing which was very pretty. Going ahead about 1/4 the way it was hard to find the path. you are walking on a road with houses. if you take both forks on the road to the right you'll dead end to the last house on the road, walk as far down to the end and look right. there's a questionable over growing path, go up just a little ways (a yard or two maybe) and hidden to the left the trail continues just over 2 tree logs on the ground. the path is tight but visible which leads to a rocky well recognized path. there must be another way onto it because we T onto the path. we made it half way around the lake in 3 hrs. the path crossed a small downhill creek crossing and fallen but working power line. it wasn't strenuous. we ended up coming across a private large camp property near 1/2 way. we took to the road and came across a cafe we had lunch at. I suggest eating and having a drink there. we did not make the time we wanted and found someone awesome enough to boat us back across. we weren't sure how to find the path on the other side either so we probably would have just walked the road. no one seemed to know about where to find the paths or kept saying there wasn't one. though, I bet there's one on the other side too but we just didn't have the time to find it. great and pretty lake.

running
Sat Jul 29 2017

Managed to get around the lake, but lost the trail a few times. Some good scenery. The rock cliff near the waterfall make a good dive when the water levels are high.

Tue Jul 18 2017

Trail was great and longer than 8 miles - poorly marked - missed the trail entrance of the last 3 miles and walked back on the road.

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