1.9 miles
Distance
81 ft
Climb
-734 ft
Descent
00:30:32
Avg time
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Lily Lake Trail Details

  • Activities
    • Mountain Bike
    • Hike
    • Trail Running
  • Riding Area
    Angora Ridge
    Meyers, California
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Voted Difficulty
    Black Diamond (1 vote)
  • Hiking SAC Scale
    T2 Mountain Hiking
  • Trail Type
    Singletrack
  • Bike Type
    AM, XC
  • Direction
    Both Directions
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  • Climb Difficulty
    Black Diamond
  • Physical Rating
    Hard
  • Trail Visibility
    Always easy to follow
  • Alpine Trail
    Yes
  • Dogs Allowed
    Yes
  • eBike Allowed
  • TTFs on Trail
    Drop, Rock Garden
  • Global Ranking
    #36546 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • #69459 in Trail Running
    • #51239 in Hiking
  • Local Popularity
    80 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 50 in Trail Running
    • 95 in Hiking
  • Land Owner
    USFS Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit

The Lily Lake Trail is 2.1 miles long and connects the Angora Lakes parking area to the Glen Alpine trailhead parking area near Lily Lake. The trail climbs 800 feet up the backside of Angora Peak and provides the final segment of single track that connects Meyers and South Lake Tahoe to Fallen Leaf Lake and Desolation Wilderness.

This trail has aspects unique to the Tahoe trail repertoire…slickrock, boulder traverses, and an epic view of Fallen Leaf Lake on the edge of a 75 foot cliff with benches cut from a single log. Probably the signature feature is the 500 foot traverse across a field of solid rock. The construction effort began in 2018 and finished in 2021, and it was constructed by a team of TAMBA volunteers, USFS LTBMU personnel, and paid crews from the American Conservation Experience.

Frequently asked questions:
- No, this trail does not replace the Church Trail, but the two trails share the first few hundred feet starting from the Angora Lakes Parking area.
- This is a multi-use trail although horses are not be recommended because of the slick rock sections.
- Because of a number of factors, E-bikes are not and will not be allowed on this trail.
- Why is it rated as a "black" trail? Rating a trail is subjective and although TAMBA feels this trail is a hard Blue, the consistent roughness, sustained grade, and exposure pushed the rating up a level.

Access Info

It makes little sense to drive Fallen Leaf Lake Road to the Glen Alpine Parking area to access the bottom of the trail...the road is long, narrow, and usually congested which makes the experience less than ideal. Driving to the Angora Lakes parking lot is less of a hassle, but requires a parking fee. Considering this is an advanced trail, most riders would not mind riding up the Angora Ridge Trail or the Mule Deer Connector trail to the Angora Ridge Trail to get to the Angora Lakes parking lot and the upper start of the Lily Lake Trail. A compromise is to drive to the fire lookout on the Angora Ridge Road, then ride the Angora Ridge Trail the rest of the way to the parking lot.

Local Trail Association
Traditionally Indigenous Territory
More Stats for Lily Lake Trail multi-use trail trail
  • Altitude change
    -654 ft
  • Altitude min
    6,548 ft
  • Altitude max
    7,255 ft
  • Altitude start
    7,202 ft
  • Altitude end
    6,549 ft
  • Grade
    -6.4%
  • Grade max
    -27.1%
  • Grade min
    22.5%
  • Distance climb
    1,243 ft
  • Distance down
    1 mile
  • Distance flat
    1,581 ft
  • Avg time
    00:30:32
  • Avg reverse time
    00:44:51
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      Lily Lake Trail Trail Reports

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      Nov 19, 2023 @ 7:08am
      Nov 19, 2023
      Almost all clear. One or two small downed trees. A couple of small snow patches that should be gone in the next 24 hours.
      Jul 24, 2023 @ 7:38am
      Jul 24, 2023
      Tree across trail.
      Jul 14, 2023 @ 10:30pm
      Jul 14, 2023
      G T G
      Jun 23, 2023 @ 8:10pm
      Jun 23, 2023
      Several sketchy snow patches including one that requires you to cross a flowing creek into the snow. It’s all passable but be careful with your...
      Oct 9, 2022 @ 12:15am
      Oct 9, 2022
      Good conditions, dry as expected with little to no rain this year. A few of the rocks have loosened since last time I was out. Still a blast!
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      Recent Ridelog Activity on Trail

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      • 4 rides
      • 16 miles avg distance
      6 Months
      • 30 rides
      • 16 miles avg distance
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      • 414 rides
      • Last: Jul 11, 2024

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