The beauty of this lake is second to none in California.

Fallen Leaf Lake is truly one of the more beautiful places in California. Separated from Lake Tahoe by just a one-mile strip of land, it feels worlds away from the crowds and fuss. The campground has over 200 sites that can be reserved here. There are endless hikes nearby including Mount Tallac and can these campsites can serve as a staging ground for backpacking trips into Desolation Wilderness.  

Pack List

  • Chillin gear
  • Camping gear
  • Water
  • Sun block
  • Reading material
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Activities Chillin, Camping, Swimming
Skill Level Beginner
Season Spring, Summer, Autumn
Features
Forest
Lake
Romantic
Scenic

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Photograph the Milky Way over Fallen Leaf Lake

Fallen Leaf has been my favorite spot in all of Tahoe since I can remember. The beautiful shoreline sits right up against the base of Mt. Tallac with almost zero light pollution.

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Photograph Fallen Leaf Lake's Cascading Falls

This amazing waterfall is right off the road near the Fallen Leaf Campground. Once you enter the campground keep driving straight just a bit further and you will see a pull off on the right hand side.

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Swimming in a Crystal Lake

Lake Tahoe has so many beautiful and breath-taking places to visit, hike, camp, wander around, etc. and Fallen Leaf Lake is definitely one of them.

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