Labor day weekend, our anniversary and first time to Tahoe with kids. We were engaged at Angora Lakes and we a trip up there was a must that weekend. We missed the turnoff after Fallen Leaf Lake, but eventually found it. My first and #1 recommendation: "Go early". Get directions, don't miss the fire road to the parking lot, bring dollars for parking, pack lunch, lots of sunscreen, wear grubbies. The hike from the parking lot to the lakes was gorgeous (of course it's Sept.) we stopped along the way to enjoy the lower lake, the beauty of the trees, water and quiet. Once at the lake, we rented a boat (our 1 1/2 yr. old wasn't liking it at all) and once around the little lake, then our daughter had a chance to row solo. Love the little store/lunch place....the lemonade is the best, order a pitcher. They do take credit cards, but make sure to bring cash, just in case.
This will be an annual trip of ours, but not on labor day weekend....lots and lots of people, as to be expected on a holiday weekend.
This mostly uphill hike is on a dirt road through beautiful Sierra forest. It is, however, quite short, and at the end there is a resort with rest rooms, some cabins, and a snack bar. The lake itself is calm with a waterfall at the opposite side. The adventurous can enjoy hiking around the lake and jumping in (at your own risk - there are lots of warnings about hazards of jumping into a lake from a rock above).
The water is very clear, and my son had his first wading experience here. The snack bar is famous for its lemonade, which it serves by the pitcher. There are ample picnic benches along the beach and opportunities to rent boats (canoes and kayaks, I think) as well. It is doable in a sport-type stroller, although we hiked up with the baby in the backpack carrier. Bring a picnic lunch or buy a sandwich from the snack bar. (All trash is carry in/carry out. You may only use the provided trash cans for items bought at the store.)
The drive into the trailhead parking lot is on a narrow, winding road, but it affords some great views of Fallen Leaf Lake on one side of the ridge and the remains of the Angora Fire on the other side.
This review does not cover the accommodations, as we didn't use them. Perhaps someone else can provide a separate lodging review.