Angora Lookout

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Difficulty 3 Intermediate
Length 3.8 miles round trip
6750 feet
+650, -650 round trip
Navigation Road
Time Half day
Season Mid-December through mid-April
Snowmobiles Use Low
USGS Topo 7.5' series, Emerald Bay
Start From the intersection of Highways 50 and 89 in South Lake Tahoe, drive southwest on Lake Tahoe Blvd. for 2.7 miles and turn right onto Tahoe Mountain Road. Drive 1.1 miles and turn right onto Glenmore Way and then immediately left onto Dundee Circle. In 0.1 mile turn left onto Tahoe Mountain Road once again and park. Do not drive down the narrow plowed portion of Tahoe Mountain Road which is just ahead. A sign at the parking area says: “No parking on public road right-of-way when snow removal conditions exist.”

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Of the spectacular panorama from Angora Lookout, the most striking feature is the rich blue color of Fallen Leaf Lake and Lake Tahoe. Other impressive sights include the Carson Range to the east and southeast, Mt. Tallac with its steep eastern slopes to the northwest, and Lake Valley to the southeast and below.

Image of Fallen Leaf Lake and Lake Tahoe from Angora Lookout
Fallen Leaf Lake and Lake Tahoe from Angora Lookout

An obvious extension of the Angora Lookout tour is to continue beyond to Angora Lakes.

Be aware that it is not okay to park at the starting point when snow plowing conditions exist.

Mileage Log   Link to more information about mileage log
Numbers in parentheses
correspond to mileage points on map

Waypoint 1 to 2
Miles: 0.0 - 0.1
Elevation change: -50 feet

From the trailhead (1) ski or walk if plowed down Tahoe Mountain Road for 0.1 mile until you reach a small meadow (2) located on the south (left) side of the road, which is partially obscured by trees.

Waypoint 2 to 3
Miles: 0.1 - 1.9
Elevation change: +600 feet

Locate the snow-covered road that skirts the west (right) side of the meadow, and ski south and then southwest on it for a total of 1.8 miles until you reach Angora Lookout (3). The first 0.6 mile on the road is level and the remaining 1.2 miles climbs steadily to the lookout.

Return to trailhead
Miles: 1.9 - 3.8
Elevation change: +50, -600 feet

Retrace the route for 1.9 miles back to the trailhead (1).

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