Getting to Fallen Leaf Lake CA

Fallen Leaf Road is approximately 5 miles long, and begins at Highway 89, which runs along the south shore of Lake Tahoe. The road intersects the highway just past Camp Richardson and the Tallac Historic Site. Camp Richardson is a large resort and campground area the south shore of the lake. The road is mostly a single lane road and runs to the south end of the lake. The road passes the Fallen Leaf Lake Campground, and then past privately held meadows on the right. Two miles pas there the turn off to Angora Road is on the left. Please see Angora Lake Resort for this fantastic gem.

The road continues past privately owned homes and hugs the lakeshore. There is little development on Fallen Leaf Lake which allows it to retain its charm. However, at the southern end of the lake you will find Fallen Leaf Marina and Store.

Once you pass Fallen Leaf Marina and Store the road winds around the south end, past St Francis of the Mountains, an Episcopalian chapel. This is the most adorable chapel anywhere in the Sierra Nevadas. They hold weekly masses in the summer. The St. Francis chapel has also served as a place for marriages. Just there is also the Fallen Leaf Lake Fire House. Going on from the chapel is a quaint bridge spanning Glen Alpine Creek. Glen Alpine Road begins at the bridge and runs for about two miles to Glen Alpine Springs. This is one of the trailheads to the Desolation Wilderness Area.

There are homes on the East side of Fallen Leaf Lake which are access from Cathedral Road and Highway 89. The road does not connect to Fallen Leaf road even though there is only about three-quarters of a mile distance. Some of the homes on the eastern side have no road access and must be accessed on foot or by boat making for a fun adventure.

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