Marlette Lake Trail is a 5.8 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Sand Harbor, NV that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, horses, mountain biking, and backpacking and is accessible from June until November. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.
Awesome views of Lake Tahoe and Marlette Lake. The trail is a moderately steep uphill climb from the lake level up to Marlette Lake, with views of Lake Tahoe and Marlette Lake visible at once from a point high up the trail. It's mostly shaded at the lower elevations, and passes through sugarpine forest, stands of aspen, and even a patch of ferns. About four fifths of the trail is quite obvious, but the last steep descent to Marlette Lake the trail is a little hard to follow. This is a great trail to take in early October, when the aspens on the east side of Marlette Lake are shimmering golden.
Nice trail but trailhead signage by parking lot is none existing.
Very difficult if you are a flatlander. But the end is worth it. A lot of things to see starting with the Sugar Pines down low and the changing vegetation as you climb higher. The middle section gives some flat terrain respite before continuing the climb up to the lake. Stay left at the fork just after the sign warning mountain bikers about the difficulty and technical switchbacks. Likewise when returning it's easy to stay right just below the dam and follow the flume trail to the right as opposed to the correct way going back to the parking lot staying high and left.
hard. but very rewarding. beautiful views
definately challenging, but rewarding once you get to the lake. dusty on the way back.
Started at the sand harbor entrance. Tough to find the trail head as there are no signs to indicate the beginning. Trail was very steep right out of the shoot. There were really cool bushes with flowers that smelled like honey and lots of foliage throughout the beginning of the hike. There was this really strange drum like sounding animal thought it was throughout the hike and peaked just before we got to the lake, we never did figure out what that strange noise was We didn't see one person on the way up. And lots of bikes once we arrived at the lake and where the Spooner Trail merges. When you take the hike from Sandharbor area you need to be careful towards the top where the trail forks to the right, is easy to see that the one but the one to the left (which is the way to go if you want to stay on he same trail to the lake) is not clearly marked and there's no sign so it is easy to miss it if you don't have satellite guidance or know the area.
This was a great way to go in because here were no bikes.
I took the direct route (not from Spooner). It was a great hike! Challenging and beautiful!
It was a nice hike. We did the extra 1.7 mile connector trail from Marlette lake between hat and spooner lake. It's cool to see the trout spawning staying up there once you get to the lake. Definitely a workout. Lots of wildlife. Would do it again in a heartbeat.
Trail was a good workout with a special twist at the end. As I was about to finish the trail and Marlette came into view near a clearing, a reddish-brown black bear came charging down the trail at me. I veered off the trail and caromed down a hill into a valley to shake him (her). An adrenaline filled morning hike for sure!
Great hike with the south loop--makes it 10 miles.
Did this hike at the end of May and there was still some small snow patches at the top. Trail head is a closed service road and then the trail quickly turns to an incline. Parking was full in the lot so we continued down the road to the beach trail and parked on the side of the highway there. Lovely hike and you get some beautiful partially obstructed views of Lake Tahoe. We took a left as the fork in the trail near the top so we could get to Lake Marlette quicker - if you take a right you might get above the tree line so you can get a good view of both lakes. Ate lunch and took a nap on a warm rock at Lake Marlette. Trail was not too crowded - did this on a holiday weekend.
Definitely a little more challenging than expected. For a hike in early May we ran in to snow near the top and lost the trail. Ended up just continuing up towards the lake and it worked out fine. The views were fantastic. The trail wasn't crowded and we had our dogs off leash the whole way. Out and back around 4 hrs. Pack water or a filter.
A beautiful out and back trail. There is a 4 mile marker just before the lake. The fish and game have a permanent camp there to milk the cutthroat trout during spawning season hence you will find them there during those times!. There is an optional trail to take from Marlette to Hobart reservoir. It is a much harder trail from Marlette to Hobart and I'm not sure of the miles but would guess around 9 mi. from Spooner lake!