Hike Date: June 12, 2009
Cost: $35
Where’s it at? Southwest of Lake Tahoe off Hwy 50/89 near the Y.


I’ve been to Fallen Leaf Lake a number of times, including my very first memory of camping, though probably not my very first campground to visit. I lived in Reno, NV until I was 5 and so we did a pretty thorough exploration of the Sierras near Tahoe when I was wee.

Fallen Leaf Lake is gorgeous, and the campsite is probably my very favorite of all I’ve been to. The campsites are spacious and pretty, they sell nice firewood, and it’s right by a large subalpine lake called – you guessed it – Fallen Leaf Lake. From the east side of the lake the view is breathtaking and offers a chance to photograph the lake with Mt. Tallac looming in the background. Quite often the clouds here are photo-cooperative as well.

If camping here, in addition to checking out the lake and the hikes around it, including some to Desolation Wilderness, be sure to check out the Taylor Creek Visitor Center and Camp Richardson just a little further north on hwy 89 for some great daytime adventures.

Fallen Leaf Lake campground is definitely seasonal and generally only open after the snow melts. When I visited in the winter the only opportunity was for snowshoeing (no camping), and the road, while plowed, was questionable without chains or a 4WD vehicle.

Photos from Fallen Leaf Lake (click to enlarge)

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