Fallen Leaf Lake Trail

MODERATE 53 reviews
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Fallen Leaf Lake Trail is a 8.1 mile moderately trafficked loop 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
8.1 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
859 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dog friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

snowshoeing

trail running

walking

forest

lake

views

wild flowers

wildlife

hiking
5 days ago

7 days ago

Great hike , our dogs did it with ease. Great views, lots of wild animals, birds and enjoyed every minute .

hiking
10 days ago

We stayed at the campground. I would not recommend hiking around the whole lake. After crossing the dam, it's not well marked. Hard to get lost if you stay by the shoreline!

hiking
15 days ago

hiking
17 days ago

Varied trail, across waterfalls, rocky sections, shrubbery and paved sections. The marsh crossing near the end was not the best. Shrubbery was overgrown and scratched our legs quite a bit. Insect repellent is a good idea as mosquitoes were quite bad on the side of the lake where the waterfalls were. Signage would have been a good idea, as the trail was not very well marked, and we deviated a few times as the way forward was not always easy to see.

walking
24 days ago

It should get five stars just for the gorgeous scenery. It's a magical place to see. We went there 27May17 and tried to go toward the right at the trail head but couldn't see a defined trail after the bridge. If we didn't have a 4month old strapped to us we would have poked around a bit more. We doubled back to start going left from the start of the trail head and it was a little more clear and had great views--but again didn't go very far due to carrying a babe. We'll definitely go back to continue exploring later.

(To be clear we weren't trying to have an amazing all out hike hike, just a little walk with nice things to look at. I agree with some of the other reviews that if there were signage and clearer trail/upkeep then it would be awesome for a great workout.)

hiking
28 days ago

Beautiful lakeside and hillside scenery but the trail is not well marked so hard to find the way in places. We hiked May 22. Bushes on trail were very overgrown and we got lots of surface cuts trying to bushwhack through. On south side of the lake, due to heavy runoff the westernmost waterfall was very difficult to cross. We had to bushwhack uphill and make a dangerous crossing before slicing up our legs on the heavy brush to get back down to the trail.
Overall this trail needs signage and extensive clearing of brush and will then be a wonderful hike.

29 days ago

1 month ago

Made the entire 8 mile loop around the lake. Things got a little hairy on the southwest corner, but was so worth it!

1 month ago

1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

I planned to be here for a morning start to the day, pulled in at 9:00am in late April and it was closed, I thought about parking and walking in any how but they were conducting prescribed burns. Chose to try a different route as forest maintenance is so important. Will try it again later in the season.

3 months ago

snowshoeing
3 months ago

Great snowshoeing, however I can not find crossing OD cathedral creek

snowshoeing
4 months ago

6 months ago

hiking
7 months ago

Nice, long and not well marked in places.