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Lake Tahoe-Nevada State Park offers a number of different areas for visitors to enjoy. Sand Harbor is the most popular, with sandy beaches, a boat launch, picnicking and group use facilities. Sand Harbor is located three miles south of Incline Village on State Route 28. Memorial Point and Hidden Beach, Situated between Incline Village and Sand Harbor, are areas which offer outstanding views of the lake and more secluded access to its shores. Spooner Lake, at the intersection of State Route 28 and U.S. 50, is popular for picnicking, hiking, mountain biking, catch-and-keep fishing with a limit of 5 trout and cross-country skiing . A developed interpretive site is available as well as rental cabins . Spooner Lake is also a trail head with access to the back country. The back country between Lake Tahoe and Carson City provides miles of hiking, equestrian and Mountain biking trails plus two primitive campsites. No vehicles are permitted in the back country, which has been designated as a State Primitive Area. Two of the more popular trails in this area are the Flume Trail above Sand Harbor and the Tahoe Rim Trail along the crest of the Carson Range. Cave Rock, located along U.S. 50 near Zephyr Cove, is a popular spot for boat launching and fishing. During July and August enjoy the shows put on by the Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival at Sand Harbor.
Great hike with a consistent but not brutal uphill grade on the way in, a gorgeous setting at Marlette Lake, and a quiet experience that was the perfect get-away we were looking for. We did this one in mid-November... awesome weather with it being chilly but not cold. We started at 8:30am and only encountered maybe 20 other people (including some bikers and two horseback riders). Round trip took us 4.5 hours, including a 20-30 min stop at the lake.
Todd G. on Marlette Lake Trail from Spooner La...
Beautiful, 63° October day with beautiful vistas and Aspen color popping. Scant snow, great sunlight and only saw 2 people in 11 miles
Janet M. on Marlette Lake Trail from Spooner La...
Parked at Spooner Summit to save us each $8. adds a couple miles to the hike. Beautiful hike gorgeous fall colors.
We parked at spooner parking costs $8 for nv residents and $10 for others. We hiked down to spooner it was beautiful. We took the pedestrian trail to Marlette lake it was a bit boring. Marlette was beautiful! We took the flume trail back down it was gorgeous! We walked thru aspen groves changing colors. So pretty. Just have to get out of bikers way every once in a while. I'd take the flume next time. Great October hike to see leaves changing.
Approached from the carson city trail head. Amazing views at times, which is completely worth the trip. It has incline for the majority of the trip, which shouldn't be taken lightly! Bring lots of water and a walking stick! Hobart reservoir is quit nice, with multiple areas to fish from (trout). Would recommend to any traveller looking for a decent challenge and serenity.
From spooner up to Marlette is a grind if your trail running I walked a few up the hill climbs with pride :) Marlette is beautiful and full of energy with MTB traffic from flume riders. Run back to Spooner felt like it took 1/2 the time.
This would be a 3-4 star trail with few views but I took a few tips from the great Top Trails guide to Lake Tahoe and turned it into a great 5 star outing. I am just sorry I did not record the track, to make it easier for others to follow.
I will do my best to describe it, and perhaps I will record the track on my computer later and upload it.
I started from the Lake Spooner trailhead and hiked the trail to Marlette Lake. It goes on a forest road for maybe half a mile and then it splits: bikers need to stay on the forest road, but hikers can take a shaded path (North Canyon Trail) through the forest. I definitely recommend taking it: not only is it prettier, but you will avoid a lot of the MTB traffic. The trail is part of Flume Trail which is very popular with mountain bikers (of all skill levels).
I stayed on the path until I came to Marlette Lake and then took right and walked to a junction with a restroom. Here you have two options. If you continue straight, you will come to "Marlette Overlook". I believe that one can see both Marlette Lake and Lake Tahoe from here--I saw some pictures and they look impressive but I did not take this path.
Instead I turned right, hiked up on the forest road used by bikers, perhaps 1/4 mile past the map and junction on top and then turned left on Snow Valley Rd. This road climbs quickly for about a mile and then crosses Tahoe Rim Trail. I turned right on the Tahoe Rim Trail and hiked it all the way to the Spooner Pass. Great views along the way.
The final part is taking the trail which runs around Lake Spooner and get from Spooner Pass to the parking lot by Lake Spooner.
All-in-all it is about 14 miles.
Was blown away by the windflowers. This is the longest hike I've complete in one day. Felt great all day but the last climb to the top of emigrant peak kicked my butt. Views were amazing throughout the hike. Next time I will choose the granite chief cutoff the the base of Squaw valley.
Beautiful, with many awesome views and amazing amounts of nature, but takes a good amount of time and you must come prepared. Gets extremely isolated and cell service is spotty, certainly a trail that requires experience and a group. But very fun and worth the time if you prepare properly
Incredible views, wildflowers were abundant!
Great. The trail itself is a dirt road but the scenery is beautiful the whole way. There were more mountain bikers than hikers but it wasn't an issue as the road is wide and can accommodate both. You are at a constant and decent incline the entire hike up to the lake.
dennis k. on Hobart Creek Reservoir Trail (via C...
From the comments here I see all of them went from the Carson city side. You can also get there from Spooner lake going to Marlette lake then onto Hobart reservoir. It is about an 18 mile hike round trip.
You can start at the bottom of the canyon and enjoy the 6 mile climb or drive most of the way with a high clearance, 4-wheel drive and hike the last bit. You'll enjoy beautiful views.
I went the way the previous commentator went which was through Lakeview and it was a nose to the grindstone 4-5 hour hike, I had my 15-20lbs pack, and sleeping bag because I was staying a couple days. I brought water purifying tablets for when I got there and drank about a gallon and a half of water just getting there. Spectacular views the whole way up and the lake is immaculate for fishing, I would recommend this trail to anyone as long as you are in the right kind of shape for it.
There is another route into Hobart Reservoir from the Carson City side besides Ash Canyon. In the Lakeview area, there is a trailhead at the Lakeview Gate. It is 4.9 miles up a gated dirt road that follows the south end of Musgrove Creek. It enters Lake Tahoe State Park at the 3.4 mile point. There is an exhibit along the road where an old sawmill used to stand. The road intersects the Ash Canyon route at the head of the pass where the road drops down to the reservoir.
Unless you are a masochist, there is no reason to hike this entire trail. I drove to within 1.5 miles of the reservoir in my Toyota Highlander. The first 4 miles is dry, dusty and boring (when not looking over a drop-off). Hobart, however, is a little jewel of a lake, nestled into a bowl of alpine forest. It is stocked with brook, lahontan, and tiger trout. Start this trek on Ash Canyon Road in Carson City. Drive to the end of the pavement where there is a locked gate. Turn right onto Wellington W and proceed about 1000 feet to an unnamed road on the left, which immediately turns to dirt. It goes up between two large water tanks. Ash Canyon is graded off each year by Carson City Parks and Open Spaces. However, I did lightly scrape bottom at a couple of the groomed ravines that occasionally cross the road. It is wide enough for an SUV or pickup, but just barely. The drop-offs can be daunting for the inexperienced. Do not attempt this without 4-wheel drive. I spoke with Ann Bollinger at Carson City Parks to ensure that the road was open and passable.
There are a number of "landings" along the way, which I assume were cut by the forest department as staging areas for the fire the occurred a few years back. There is a locked gate at the top and a parking area with a sign. See photo. From the gate, it is about 1.5 miles, all downhill, to the reservoir. Bring a fishing poll - artificial lures with single, barbless hooks.
Check out my photos. This is a beautiful little lake.