Date: June 2, 2014 (Monday)
Time: 9:00 am
Place: Angora Lake (near South Lake Tahoe)
Parking: The day-use picnic area - $7.00 fee parking
Amenities: The Angora Lake Lodge may not be open yet. So I do not know if there are bathrooms open for the day-use area. The Lodge and cabins open mid June.
What to bring:
- painting gear
- drinking water
- lunch or snack
- $7 for parking
- bug spray
- sunscreen, sunglasses, hat
- cell phone
- hiking boots or good walking shoes
- backpack or totebags - you have to walk an easy 1/2 mile to the first lake. You can try a cart, but I have never been there so I don't know what the trail is like
- check forecast for temps and clothing
- Dogs are allowed on leash but not allowed in the lake
Directions: To get to Angora Lakes, take Highway 89 north 3 miles to Fallen Leaf Lake Road and turn left at the first paved road. Continue to Forest Service Road 12N14 (watch for bicyclists), turn right and continue past Angora Lookout to the parking lot at road’s end.
Up an easy 1/2 mile hill climb, you’ll find Angora Lake, a one-of-a-kind Tahoe gem tucked into a glacially carved bowl with two cliffs framing it. At an elevation of 7,450 feet, you’ll have a hard time finding this anywhere else. The trail up is usually pretty easily managed by small children, and not too steep. At the first of the two lakes, you’ll find absolutely unmatched, pristine beauty and an amazing place to swim or picnic. Older kids will have fun jumping off the cliffs and into the lake. A sandy strip of beach at the north end of the lake provides an excellent spot for soaking up the sun. There’s even a small store open in the summer that sells ice cream, sandwiches, treats, and famous fresh squeezed lemonade that’s worth the trip up on its own. The Angora Lakes Resort operates at the second lake, offering rental rowboats, kayaks, and stand-up paddleboards. The upper lake is backed by a stunning wall of granite dotted with yellow bushes which reaches up to Angora Peak and Echo Peak. Whether or not you take pictures, you’ll never forget this view. Also at the second lake is a gift shop offering unusual items and books. It’s best to arrive early, as it can get crowded during the summer months. Even so, Angora Lakes are a great place for family time. Dogs are welcome on-leash, but are not allowed in the lake. The devastation of the Angora Fire of 2007 makes itself known on the drive up to the parking lot, but luckily, the beauty of the area around the lakes remains unmarred.