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Angora Lakes Trail

Beginning Elevation: 7,200 Feet (2244.4 Meters)
Difficulty: Easy
Elevation Gain: 270 Feet (84.2 Meters)
Ending Elevation: 7,470 Feet (2328.6 Meters)
Length, One-way: 0.5 Miles (0.83 Kilometers) to Angora Lakes

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General Description

This trail is located to the south of Lake Tahoe. An easy half mile hike leads to two lakes framed by cliffs. Swimming and fishing are popular activities. Summers are crowded, so arrive early. Dogs must be on a leash at all times.

Directions from South Lake Tahoe: Take Highway 89 north approximately 3 miles from South Lake Tahoe to Fallen Leaf Lake Road and turn left. Turn left at the first paved road. Continue to Forest Service Road 12N14 and turn right. Watch for bicyclists along this road. Continue past Angora Lookout to the road's end at the parking lot.

Seasonal Information:
Recommended Season: Spring through Fall .

Current Conditions & Trip Reports

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Filed By: Karen (San Diego, Ca)
Time of Day: Noon
Difficulty: Easy
Number of People Encountered: 50+ ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: The short hike is up hill on the way there, so if you have elderly parents like I do, you may need to stop frequently so they can catch their breath. We went to Upper Angora and rented a row boat ($12/hr). Watched the kids jump off rocks into the water. Bring snacks and stay all day. In the summer months, the beach gets crowded so get there early or you won't find parking. The road up (1214) changes from dirt to pavement many times but the drive is worth it. In fact, the drive alone is worth the trip.
Water Availability: Water was cold, but nice. Many swimmers.
Recommended Clothing: Although you eventually hang out at the beach, you need to wear good hiking shoes or sturdy athletic shoes. Saw a few kids in sandals trip and fall over rocks.

Time of Day: 11:00
Difficulty: Easy
Number of People Encountered: 25-50 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Neutral
Report: Nice spot, too many people for my taste but the ease of access draws many.
Conditions: Lake is a bit cold ya think?
Water Availability: Plenty
Recommended Clothing: Swimsuit sunblock

Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Fishing Angora Lakes
ICON Hiking & Walking Angora Lakes Trail
ICON Lakes & Reservoirs Angora Lakes
ICON Swimming & Waterplay Angora Lakes
ICON Viewing Scenery Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit
ICON Viewing Wildlife Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit

Related Activities
Clark Trail - This trail begins at the Glen Alpine Trailhead, south of Lake Tahoe, and ends at upper Angora Lake.

More Information

Visitor Information:

Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit, 870 Emerald Bay Road, Suite 1 , South Lake Tahoe, CA, 96150, Phone: 530-573-2674


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