Description: The wide path quickly breaks into three single
tracks as it continues to head away from the road. Take the smaller
single track that veers right. The trail will "T" into
another trail shortly. Turn right (north). Continue along this
trail, making sure to always head north. The trail is mostly flat
with a few short rises that a small child may need to walk. At
1.3 miles, the trail will split near a Forest Service gate off
of the paved Fallen Leaf Lake Road. Pass the gate and ride directly
across the paved road. The trail picks up here and continues to
head north for another 0.7 miles. It parallels a campground road
for a short bit then heads left and over a small rise. On the
other side of the rise is Fallen Leaf Lake. This is a beautiful
place to relax with stunning views across the lake of Mount Tallac.
There's lots of rocks and sticks too for the kids to play with.
get back, either retrace your steps, or to make a loop, head back
to Fallen Leaf Lake Road, take a left and head down to Highway
89. Be very careful crossing this busy highway then turn right
(south) on the South Shore Bike Trail which will dump you out
onto Highway 89 two and a half miles later right next to your
1: Instead of crossing Fallen Leaf Lake Road, continue on
the trail as it parallels Fallen Leaf Lake Road. This trail gets
more difficult and eventually intersects Tahoe Mountain Road.
Turn right onto the paved road, then right again onto Fallen Leaf
Lake Rd. Ride this road back to the gate and pick up the trail
to Fallen Leaf Lake.
trail also continues along the shore of Fallen Leaf Lake, over
the causeway (worth a look anyway) and then right (east) on a
trail back to Highway 89. This adds a couple of miles to the round
trip if you're feeling daring.
Concerns: Just the usual...if you brought it with you,
take it when you leave.