cliff jumping. Great cabins for vacations. Stunningly beautiful alpine
||Very difficult to reserve cabins. Cabins
unavailable during winter. Can be crowded.
Fresh squoze lemonade at the resort.
On leash while on main trail and at
resort. Not allowed in water
Lakes Resort website, Forest service page
Angora Lakes Resort
Tucked neatly into a
glacially carved bowl high above Lake Tahoe you'll
find the resort at upper Angora Lake. There is a short (approx. 1 mile)
uphill hike to reach this gem, but it is well worth it. There is a
large sandy beach with plenty of shallow water for the kids. The older
kids can find rocks to jump off and even cliffs for those that are
able. You will also find the quickest trail to Echo
Peak here. The resort is privately operated on forest service
property. During the summer months they have cabins (extremely limited
availability), as well as rental boats, sailboats, ice cream, and
delicious fresh squeezed lemonade. This is a great place to take the
family for a day at the beach. It can be crowded and is not a great
place to get away from people. Because of the alpine nature of this
lake, it can be much windier and cooler than at South Lake Tahoe.
There is more to Angora Lakes than just the resort, however. There is a
lower lake that is quite as beautiful, though not as user friendly.
There is some of Tahoe's best backcountry skiing in the winter and
spring. There is beautiful wildflower hikes up to Echo Peak,
Angora Peak, and Indian Rock. While difficult to access, Indian Rock
has holds the Tahoe Basin's largest wall for rock climbing.
Click here for topo map.
Angora Lakes Photos
Directions - Take Lake Tahoe
Blvd. through the 'Y' (do not follow hwy 50 or Hwy 89) and follow to
Tahoe Mountain Road (about two miles). Turn right and follow the road
until you must turn. From here, the signs pointing you are plentiful
until you get to the last left turn. While the road is called Angora
Ridge Road, here the sign just says 1214.
There is a fee for parking.
Jumping into Alpine Lakes has inherent dangers regardless of water
depth. People break bones every year jumping into Angora Lakes without
ever hitting anything but water. Additionally, water depths can
greatly during periods of limited precipitation.