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General Information: The Angora Lake ride is a beautiful hill climb taking the rider through groves of aspen, fir, and pine trees. It is a mixture of dirt and paved road leading first to a spectacular overlook of the Tahoe Basin and then on to the picturesque Angora Lakes. It can be a busy road on summer weekends and is best ridden early in the morning, late in the afternoon, in the spring, or in the fall.

Where To Start: The ride begins at the Angora Ridge Road off of Tahoe Mountain Rd. You can reach Tahoe Mountain Rd. either from Fallen Leaf Lake Rd. or North Upper Truckee.

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Park near the gate at the beginning of Angora Ridge Rd. and start climbing. Alternatively, for a longer ride you can combine this ride with the road ride "Tahoe Mountain" or the mountain bike ride, "Fallen Leaf Parallel".

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. The road begins as a graded dirt road, turns to pavement for a bit, then back to dirt, then pavement, etc. 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. From the overlook, the steep and very technical Clark's Trail heads nearly straight down to Fallen Leaf Lake! Take it if you dare! Otherwise, continuing along the road, you will climb a bit more to the parking area for Angora Lakes. From here, a short climb on leads to a quaint summer resort at Angora Lakes. Here you can swim, sunbathe and, during the summer, get fresh lemonaide and ice cream bars at the snack shack. The return trip is fast and fun. Be wary of cars if the gates are open. Remember there are a few sharp turns (that some have failed to negotiate) on the way down.

Environmental Concerns: None to speak of. Erosion from the road was once a the Forest Service paved more of the the road. Any environmental damage done to this area was done long ago and a few mountain bikes, cars, Greyhound busses, or tanks will do little more!


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