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Fallen Leaf Lake, Fallen Leaf

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#161 of 610 in Nature in California
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Fallen Leaf Lake is a mountain lake located in El Dorado County, California, near the California-Nevada state border, about one mile south of the much larger Lake Tahoe. It is approximately aligned north-to-south and oval in shape, measuring approximately 2.9 miles (4.6 km) on the long axis and 0.9 miles (1.4 km) on the short axis. The lake was created by at least two glaciers that traveled northward down the Glen Alpine Valley. If the glacier had continued instead of stopping, Fallen Leaf Lake would be a bay of Lake Tahoe, similar to nearby Emerald Bay. A terminal moraine is visible at the north end of the lake on the northeast edge.
Fallen Leaf Lake is located within the National Forest System lands managed by the Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit, adjacent to El Dorado County. The land surrounding the lake is privately owned, leased from the U.S. Forest Service, and part of the Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit. Like some areas where the Forest Service has leased land intermingled with private land, the two land types appear in a mosaic or checkerboard pattern. Make Fallen Leaf Lake part of your personalized Fallen Leaf itinerary using our Fallen Leaf online visit planner.
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  • My family came here yesterday to check out the lake and do some hiking. Parked off the main road in and found a trail that led us around the east side of the lake. It was a windy day, but no big... 
    My family came here yesterday to check out the lake and do some hiking. Parked off the main road in and found a trail that led us around the east side of the lake. It was a windy day, but no big...  more »
  • We first visited Fallen Leaf lake while cross country skiing to it back many years ago, and I recall then it was just beautiful with the snowcapped mountains in the background. We visited this time....  more
    We first visited Fallen Leaf lake while cross country skiing to it back many years ago, and I recall then it was just beautiful with the snowcapped mountains in the background. We visited this time....  more »
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  • Really a hidden gem. Nice view in all seasons. Need pay $10 parking fee´╝îif not camping there.
  • The best way to see Fallen Leaf Lake and Lake Tahoe at the same time is to hike Mt. Tallac. Start off at the Mt. Tallac Trailhead and within a mile or so you are up on a ridge experiencing Mother Nature at her best. ABSOLUTELY STUNNING views. If you hike it to the summit. Well then... you are "On Top Of The World".

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