Description: The trail starts at the entrance to the campground.
Either follow the road with the "Wrong Way" sign or find the
trail that parallels the road for about 1/4 mile. The trail will leave
the road and head over a small rise and then down to Fallen Leaf Lake.
This rocky beach with incredible views of Mt. Tallac across Fallen Leaf,
is a great place for a picnic, throwing rocks, or just sitting and enjoying
the view. In the summer, the ease of the trail and the proximity to
the Fallen Leaf Lake Campground makes this
a popular destination, but off-season, or early in the morning, you
can often find some solitude.
extend this hike, you can follow the shore of Fallen Leaf (to the right)
towards the dam which will shortly intersect a wide trail that continues
through the forest to the dam. After crossing the dam, you can head
either right on the trail back along the side of Taylor Creek or left
along the shore of the lake.
trail to the right passes through forest and along the creek on a pleasant
path. At many places along the trail, you can stop and admire the fluid
quietude of the creek. There are many fine picnic (not to mention fishing)
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 Highway
89. You could continue, turning right onto 89 back up to Fallen Leaf Lake
Road, but it is more enjoyable to simply reverse the hike.
you turn left, the trail passes again through pine, fir, and aspen forest
up 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 Away".
Concerns: None especially, just the usual...keep Tahoe clean
by packing out all your garbage (and that left by others if you are so
inclined). There are toilets back at the campground that people should
avail themselves of before heading out to the lake. If you have to go,
be sure to stay a minimum of 100 yards away from the stream and lake.
Be careful not to trespass in this area as property rights are often diligently