Description: The trail starts at the entrance to the campground.
Follow the road west for about 1/4 mile. The trail will leave the road
and head over a small rise to the left then down to Fallen Leaf Lake.
This beach, with incredible views of Mt. Tallac across Fallen Leaf,
is a great place to just sit and enjoy the view and serenity of Tahoe.
extend this ski tour, you can follow the shore of Fallen Leaf (to the
right) towards the dam. The trail passes fir and pine forest then heads
across the dam. After crossing the dam, you can head either right on
the trail back along the edge of Taylor Creek or left through a meadow
and eventually back along the shore of the lake.
trail to the right passes through forest and along the Taylor Creek on
a nice trail that has just one short, steep section that beginner skiers
find challenging. At many places along the trail, you can stop and admire
the fluid quietude of the creek. There are many fine picnic spots along
this stretch of trail as well. Continuing on this trail, you will eventually
come to a paved road that will take you back to the Sno-Park lot and Highway
89. You could continue, by crossing 89, getting on the bike trail (unplowed),
recrossing the creek and skiing back up to Fallen Leaf Lake Road, but
it is more enjoyable to simply reverse the tour.
you turn left, the trail passes again through pine, fir, and aspen forest
up through a pleasant meadow area and then back along the northern bank
of the lake. It will eventually run into a housing development where the
owners are very particular about their property rights! Signs warning
the hiker that there is "No Lake Access" mean to say, "Stay
snow removal conditions exist, or you cannot park completely off the road,
park at the Sno-Park area just past the Taylor Creek Bridge. You'll need
to have picked up a Sno-Park permit to use the lot (available at the Shell
Station at the "Y" or in Meyers. From the parking lot, ski up
the unplowed Cathedral Road. You can continue on this road for 3 miles
or so on an out-and-back tour, or where the road bends sharply right,
follow the trail that heads up along Taylor Creek. This is the reverse
of the tour from Fallen Leaf Campground.
Concerns: Pack it in, pack it out!