Fallen Leaf Lake

Velma and I celebrated our birthdays last weekend near Tahoe at beautiful Fallen Leaf Lake. Our birthdays are ten days apart, so we usually celebrate them together with a weekend getaway.

We had won/rented a weekend stay in a cabin on the lake, having participated in a charity auction last year for Committee for Green Foothills, the nonprofit where Velma used to work (and whose logo and website I designed). It turned out to be an absolutely beautiful, large vacation home, just a hundred yards or so from the lake, right next to the Desolation Wilderness.

There was still snow on the peaks not too far above our ~6,370 elevation, and the lake was a bit too frigid to swim in (I got in to my thighs, but I was practically losing feeling in my feet), but the days were fairly warm and the walks and views were astounding. Glen Alpine Creek, which flows into the lake near the Fallen Leaf community, features at least two big, beautiful falls.

Thanks to Denice, Alex, and Jason for joining us. To those who couldn’t make it this time, I hope you can join us at some future birthday getaway!

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  1. Posted June 28, 2010 at 3:32 am | Permalink

    Hi Mark,

    I am a life long Fallen Leaf Lake vacationer, my first time up was when my mom was 6 months pregnant with me, the next I was 6 months old…and every year after for 32 years. The picture of you on the bridge to Stanford Sierra Camp has a little island (middle of creek) in the background which used to be my fort for years!

    How adventurous did you get exploring the surrounding areas hiking? Did you bike around at all? Angora Lake is beautiful (jumping off the rocks is great adrenaline rush).

    I’m jealous of you………although….I get to go in 3 weeks 🙂

  2. Posted June 28, 2010 at 11:48 am | Permalink

    @Zach: My wife (pictured center in the last photo) is pregnant with our son; maybe we’ll end up making Fallen Leaf Lake a regular vacation spot too ; )

    We did some casual walks up the road as far as the soda springs, and two of our friends went on a longer hike the next day, I think it might’ve been Angora Lake but I’m not sure.

    Next time I’m definitely taking my bike. Looks like some good places to ride.

    Oh, and now that you’ve pointed out your fort, maybe I’ll see if I can get there too : )

    • Posted July 1, 2010 at 4:53 pm | Permalink

      Bike rides are a MUST! Biking up to Angora is a great ride…but hiking up (using the trail behind the Church next to the bridge you are on) offers up amazing views of Fallen Leaf and South Lake Tahoe. If you have a full day for a hike, going up Talac is well worth the view (360 degrees of Desolation Wilderness).
      Oh, and for kids! WOW! BEST place on earth to grow up during the summer! To this day, two of my best friends I met up at the lake when we were all still wearing diapers. If you ever need the hustle and bustle you can always drive into South Shore and hit up State Line and the casinos.
      If you are a water skier get out on the water around 7:00 a.m. and it will be glass 95% of the time. Go back up as often as you can….and never blog about it again – it is better when less people know about it. 2 movies already brought enough attention to the lake – City of Angels and The Bodyguard (Kevin Costner didn’t like the frigid water….there was snow on the ground, what’d he expect?)

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