It's the second largest lake in the Tahoe Basin.
Fallen Leaf Lake is a great option if you want to escape the crowds in Lake Tahoe. That's not to say this isn't a popular spot. Since it's easily accessible and there are campgrounds and parking, on busy summer holiday weekends you'll still deal with crowds, just less so in comparison to other popular areas like Chimney Beach.
We come here in the winter too since it's also a great quiet snow shoeing spot. You can check out our winter pictures here.
Right off of Highway 89 you'll see signs for Fallen Leaf Lake. As you drive up the access road you'll see the campgrounds on your right and can pretty much park wherever there's a spot. And once you start walking, you'll see clearly marked trail signs, which makes this a great, safe hiking spot.
It's a quick hike to access the lake.
Shorter than one mile; slightly uphill, slightly rocky, but then a quick descent down right to the lake shore.
In fact, the cold water is so refreshing to me that I usually run in and out of the water all along the trail. It tastes good too! 😁