South Lake Tahoe

Trip Start Aug 29, 2012
Trip End Oct 08, 2012

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Fallen Leaf Campground

Flag of United States  , Nevada
Friday, September 14, 2012

Heading over to the Lake Tahoe area from Redwood NP, we traveled through the Lassen National Forest/Lassen Volcanic National Park area. Some of the pictures I am including in this post are from our travel day through that area and then down through Reno Nevada and Carson City to our destination in South Lake Tahoe.

The Lassen National Forest area showed a lot of wildfire damage as well as all of the remaining pumice/lava that remains in that area from the past volcanic activity long ago. 

We entered the South Lake Tahoe area at night and were pleasantly surprised by our campground. Fallen Leaf Campground offers huge campsites. Each one is furnished with a picnic table, very large fire ring and bear box for food storage in a very spacious, private setting. This campground is part of the national forest area so it is all dry camping, In the Lake Tahoe area, you must pay for everything including parking in many areas as well as surprisingly  a fee to hike or boat. This seems to be the trend in California unlike other states. When asking about it, we were informed that California is broke. Fair enough I guess! 

Information for hikers and kayakers is limited in this area during this time of year. Trying to find out where to get our boats registered/inspected proved to be very difficult. The park rangers didn't seem to know what needed to be done and directed us to go to the marina. Nobody was available at the marina, closed for the season. 

Opting for a more remote day away from the tourist area, we spent a wonderful day kayaking on Echo Lake and through a channel at the the upper end of the lake that brought us to yet another lake. Very scenic but not as scenic as some of the areas that we have visited in the past. 

 I had always heard about how beautiful the area was and we found it to be an extremely busy (or busier than we like) area even on the west side of the lake in the national forest area. For this reason, the Lake Tahoe area will not be on our return list.


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