Tioga Lake is a small glacial lake about two miles north of the Tioga Pass entrance to Yosemite National Park, along Tioga Road in the Inyo National Forest.
The Angora Lakes Resort offers summertime recreation and lodging, but snowshoe/hike up the road to Angora Ridge during the winter months for beautiful and peaceful views.
Parking can be challenging at this popular summertime resort, especially on weekends. The hike from the parking lot is less than one mile, and not too difficult. There are two lakes, the second being the larger of the two, with a beach area, picnic tables, lemonade stand, and boat rentals. This lake is great for swimming, and for the brave, cliff jumping.
During the fall and winter months, Angora Ridge Road is a lovely out and back walk. The aspens at the base of the road turn beautiful shades of gold and orange, and you have fantastic views of South Lake Tahoe, Meyers, and Fallen Leaf Lake from the top of the ridge. When the road is snow-covered, it is wide enough for snowshoes, cross country skis, and fat bikes, and offers a nice elevation gain. During the winter, Angora Ridge Road is gated, and parking alongside Tahoe Mountain Road is extremely limited and recommended only for all-wheel drive vehicles.
Getting there: From South Lake Tahoe, take Lake Tahoe Boulevard to Tahoe Mountain Road. Turn right onto Tahoe Mountain Road. Turn right onto Glenmore Way. Turn left onto Dundee Circle. Continue straight onto Tahoe Mountain Road (one lane), and then turn left onto Angora Ridge Road (one lane).