Capture the Sunset at the Angora Ridge Fire Lookout

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Distance: 3.5 miles roundtrip. Elevation gain: 500 ft. Amazing views of Mt. Tallac, Fallen Leaf Lake, and Lake Tahoe. Incredible sunsets. Car accessible.

The Angora Ridge Fire lookout sits above the serene Fallen Leaf Lake with incredible views of Mt. Tallac and Desolation Wilderness. You can hike, bike or drive to the lookout. This is a great spot to photograph the sunset, as the sky will reflect off both Fallen Leaf Lake and Lake Tahoe. Bring a picnic and some beverages because you will want to spend some time here once you see the view.

To get to the lookout, take Highway 50 from South Lake Tahoe and turn onto Tahoe Mountain Blvd. From here, follow the signs to Fallen Leaf Lake. Just as you exit the neighborhood, you will start a descent down a single lane road. Watch for a dirt road on your left. The road is named Angora Ridge Rd. If you reach Fallen Leaf Lake Rd, you have gone too far. There are no signs at the beginning of the road, but in around fifty yards there will be a sign indicating you are entering the Angora Fire District.

Alternatively, if you want to make the hike up to Angora Ridge, the trail starts near the church on the left hand side at the end of Fallen Leaf Lake Road just before the road reaches a fire station and bends right over a large bridge. Look for a wooden trailhead sign. The Church Trail climbs pretty directly up Angora Ridge and ends near the lookout. It's steep, but pretty short and well worth it!

Pack List

  • Snack or lunch
  • Adult beverages
  • Photography gear
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Activities Chillin, Photography, Hiking
Skill Level Beginner
Season Year Round
Features
Adult Beverages
Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Food Nearby
Forest
Groups
Handicap Accessible
Lake
Picnic Area
Romantic
Scenic
Wildflowers
Wildlife

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