Fallen Leaf Moraine Trail and West Shore is a 2.9 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Spring Creek, California that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until December. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

2.9 miles
118 feet

dogs on leash

kid friendly





paddle sports

trail running






wild flowers





private property

historic site

This trail is near the day use area of Fallen Leaf Lake and uses part of the Moraine trail. The trail ends where it begins to enter private property areas. Please abide by the posted signs. This trail features a rich diversity of flora, fauna, mushrooms, and Aspen forest, as well as a bridge, dam and beautiful lake views.

22 days ago

Great for families - rocky beach is a great area for building stick forts and playing

3 months ago

Stars go mostly to the lake that is kind of a secret gem. Very few people, very calm and pretty views. The trail is so easy. I’d recommend to run it and then enjoy the lake (in summer)

4 months ago

Easy trail for kids, you will want to swim and can. I have tried to come before and found the small day use lot full before, can't believe I got parking today. mid week, before 10am. got back to car at 12 and lot was full, and cars turning around. that being said, you can park along the road and rather than walk to the day use lot to start the trail, you will see trails leading into the lake from the road. hike is breath taking. lake is gorgeous.

4 months ago

Trail as marked on the gps just sort of stops. In reality there is much more walking that one could do. The trail is easy and easy to follow so good for kids. There are many points along this trail where you can stop and swim or wade into the shallow water of the lake. We explored the abandoned cabin at the end of the trail. I would be very cautious of anyone entering that structure. It looks like someone may be squatting in the garage.

4 months ago

So beautiful, but be careful. We saw a giant mamma grizzly only about 60 ft from us with 2 cubs. Just make sure you keep your head up and are aware of you surroundings at all times. It was amazing to see them!

6 months ago

Beautiful trail, easy hike.

10 months ago

Great hike! Beautiful!

Friday, December 01, 2017

Love this hike. One of my absolute favorites.

Friday, November 24, 2017

Went on 11/22 and the area plus trails were marked as closed for the season, although there was no snow yet there

Sunday, November 05, 2017

beautiful in all seasons

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Very nice walking trail along lake and moraines. Nice vistas along lower west side of lake. Trail ends near ruins of historic Baldwin sawmill turned boathouse and homesite. Trail would also be good for biking or running. Lake water clear. One of the few EASY trails in the Tahoe basin.

Tuesday, September 05, 2017

It was a warm humid day today though being next to fallen leaf lake made for a nice cool day with breathtaking pictures. Thank you Alltrails.

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Finding parking was a bit difficult in the high season, but the trail is great and has spectacular views of the lake.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Gorgeous views and a nice even trail for little ones.

Friday, July 07, 2017

Perfect easy trail with scenic bonus prizes along the way. Good for a walk or a run and possibly some mountain biking. Small beach at end/beginning was not too crowded late in the day. Bring bug spray at dusk. No flooding or other hazards at this time. Next time I will start at the beach (to the right) rather than from the visitor parking area. The view is much better.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

There are lots of trail markers, but they aren't clear so I doubt anyone does the actual configuration mapped out here. The lake and snow capped mountains though? Incredibly picturesque.

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Went May 2017. Nice area. Quarter mile road to the campground had numerous potholes after the winter. Drive slowly and carefully. Trail head is near day use area in the campground. Bring water gear - kids might want to play in the water if its warm. Restroom a few camp sites away. No water at the trail head.

Friday, May 12, 2017

Fallen Leaf is a truly beautiful area and this is a nice trail with plenty of nature to enjoy.

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