Fallen Leaf Lake to Blue Lakes

The ride from Fallen leaf Lake to Blue Lakes is 70 miles long with about 4700 feet of climbing.

From Tahoe City Google Maps has it as a 24 mile, 40 minute drive to the intersection of 89 and Fallen Leaf Lake road.

The start would be in a decent-sized parking area just past the Forest Service Fallen Leaf Campground on the road into Fallen Leaf. From there we could ride up to the head of the lake for the scenery, turn around and come back to Tahoe Mountain Rd, which climbs over the ridge and into the neighborhood where the Angora Fire burned (Tahoe Paradise). We’d wind our way through the neighborhood, pick up Lake Tahoe Blvd, Upper Truckee Rd, and come out on Hwy 50 just east of Hwy 89. Upper Truckee Rd continues along the Upper Truckee, then climbs to Hwy 89, crosses 89 and continues up to the Big Meadows Trailhead on Hwy 89 (I know you’re familiar with at least this part of the route). From here, we’d be on Hwy 89 at least to Luther Pass. At the Pass, we could either continue down Hwy 89 or take the old road down into the Hope Valley, across the West Fork of the Carson, up Hwy 88 about a mile to Blue Lakes Rd, then to the end of Blue Lakes Rd.

I traced the route on MapMyRide to get the distance and elevation gain. You can find a description of the ride at the following URL.


This map shouldn’t be taken as definitive although the distance and elevation profile should be very close to what we do. I’ve attached a more detailed PDF of the map and description that you can print out.

Since this is an out and back, you can shorten the ride by turning around when you want. For instance, to Luther Pass and back would be about 30 miles and less than 2000 feet of climbing.

I think this will be one of the most scenic and enjoyable rides we do.

Fallen Leaf Lake to Blue Lakes MapMyRide Description

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