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General Information: The Angora Lake ski tour is a beautiful hill climb taking the skier through groves of aspen, fir, and pine trees. The tour follows an unpaved road that leads first to a spectacular overlook of Fallen Leaf Lake and the Tahoe Basin and then on to the picturesque Angora Lakes. The road climbs steadily, gaining over 600' of elevation which makes for a fun and fast return. Because of the elevation gain and some steep sections on the descent that require some turning and stopping ability, we rate this as an easy intermediate tour.

Where To Start: The tour begins at the Angora Ridge Road off of Tahoe Mountain Rd. From the "Y" in South Lake Tahoe, head out North Upper Truckee Rd. past Sawmill Pond. Turn right on Tahoe Mountain Rd. Follow the signs to "Fallen Leaf Lake" by turning right at the top then making a quick left. Turn left as if you were going toward Fallen Leaf Lake and park. Ski down this unplowed road just a bit then turn left onto the gated Angora Ridge Rd.

Trail Description: There is one trail here...follow it! Be sure to enjoy the beautiful scenery while you toil up the ridge. You will first pass a meadow lined with aspen trees then, turning to the west, you will begin to climb through a mixed forest of Aspen, Pine, and Fir. After two mile of steady climbing, you will reach the Angora Ridge Lookout.

From this overlook, you can see Fallen Leaf Lake, Lake Tahoe, Mt. Tallac, far into Desolation Wilderness, The Carson Range, Heavenly Valley Ski Resort, and much more. It is definitely one of the most accessible scenic overlooks. During the summer it is actually someone's job to sit in the lookout and watch for smoke from fires. Not a bad way to make a living. To continue on to Angora Lakes, keep skiing along the ridge. You will climb a bit more then get a short downhill before ending up in the parking area for Angora Lakes. From here, a short, steep climb leads to the quaint summer resort at Angora Lakes. In the summer, you can swim, sunbathe and get fresh lemonaide and ice cream bars. During the winter, you can relax and enjoy the solitude and beauty of the surrounding mountains. The return trip is fast and fun. Remember there are a few sharp turns (that some have failed to negotiate) on the way down! Finally, this tour is best done after a storm when the snow is a bit fresh. Because of the melt/thaw that occurs here, the trail can turn into pure ice.

Environmental Concerns: Pack it in, pack it out!

Advisory: The trail is in the shade and can get very icy and fast. When this condition exists, caution is strongly advised!

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