Camp at Fallen Leaf Lake

Added by Jake Young

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.  

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Camping
Swimming
Forest
Lake
Romantic
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3 months ago

First camping trip

We looked all around Lake Tahoe for campsites, literally anywhere within an hour drive would have been fine, and when a campsite opened up, we booked it immediately. It wasn't until we got there that we realized how lucky we had gotten. The campground is next to Fallen Leaf Lake, which is obviously much smaller than Tahoe, but is still enormous. It had all the colors, from light blue to clear to darker blue. When we went, there was a wind advisory, so there were waves on the lake.

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