Fallen Leaf Lake Trail, South Lake Tahoe

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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.
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  • Considering we were in SLT, I was impressed at the lack of visitors - I hope it stays quiet! The falls were the best part - they were outstanding. Followed another reviewer's lead, and drove all the w...  more »
  • This is a beautiful hike at all times of the year but I think the best time is in the fall when the aspens are golden yellow.The hike is pretty level so it is an easy enjoyable hike for all ages.  more »

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