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i'm in love with this trail. came in mid October, beautiful Aspen trees changing color, slow and steady climb up with short steep down to lake so after long uphill climb the first part of the return was challenging but then the rest of the 10 mile hike was all downhill with a little bit of flat so easy to power through. cant wait to do again next fall!

Beautiful hike and views. Did an amazing sunrise hike and the whole way up to the peak we got beautiful views of the sun coming over the mountains with the lake in front. Little steep at times but definitely a consistent incline. Top has a well worth it view.

Great hike! We took a few breaks to catch our breath since we weren’t used to the elevation, but overall not bad at all. Definitely recommend!

Nice casual walk. Awesome panoramic view of the lake.

Beautiful views

Like previously stated the end was anticlimactic. It ends at a fork in the road. However, there was nice views.

Really beautiful. Not too busy, lots of friendly people on the trail. The end was a bit anticlimactic in my opinion because it didn’t offer as beautiful views as the earlier part of the trail. Lovely hike though.

Nicely maintained trail. Only took it up to the first waterfall and it was a nice route that can be done in an hour. Great view over south lake tahoe at the Vista Point only a couple hundred vertical feet up the trail

Spectacular view from Castle Rock!!! Good trail to acclimate on.

Will be back! Such a great sweet trail.cant wait to check out the lake in the summer for a swim after biking or hiking!

Superb little hike, especially with kids. Requires to be a bit careful towards the rock.

hiking
20 days ago

10-26-18. Beautiful hike (even according to my begrudging 13 year old). Amazing fall colors. Nice to have a restroom (well maintained, out house style) at Marlette, and real flushing restrooms at Spooner. Gradual uphill, not too many steep parts. We took the trail. Took us 5 hours. We hung out at Marlette for almost an hour for lunch, pictures, restroom break.

hiking
24 days ago

I hiked on October 13th, 2018. We just had it right for the treat! Breath taking fall colors and stunning views of Lake Tahoe. I think this is one of the best views I have ever seen.

It just doesn’t get in prettier. I will do this spiritual walk Springs and falls for many more years to come!!!

Trail was clearly marked wide and easy to walk, great for the whole family! Beautiful view of The lake.There is a rock climb at the top if you want the best views, well worth the effort!!

It’s a very beautiful hike with lots of lake views. We stopped by at Granite Lake for lunch and since it was end of fall, it wasn’t very crowded. The trail is well maintained. The views at various vistas are spectacular. I’d rate it between moderate and difficult.

day use parking ok..crowded on a saturday..barn trail to cal neva loop had most activity..connector an easy to moderate hike..some water starting to flow across trails..took kb north down..family of deer foraging for winter..cyclist advice..ended up on Edgewood residential street following a forest or service road down to Kingsbury hwy then down hwy 50 back to car...so make sure ur app or map with u
..great for families on barn trail or cal neva loop

This trail was my first experience hiking and I loved it...

Not too difficult. Took 2 hours even though we stopped for some photos. The toilets in the parking area are extremely dodgy... Bring your own toilet paper!

trail running
29 days ago

First & only trail run in Lake Tahoe and boy did I pick a good one. The first mile is nice little warm up and then it's awn! Get ready for a 1K hill climb for the next 3 miles going from 7200' to 8150'. The view of Marlette Lake at the top is very rewarding and picturesque. When you get to this lake stop to take it in and then get back on the trail with a sharp dog-leg turn on the left. After 6 miles you get to the damn and the trailhead sign for The Flume. Go straight past this sign, curve around to wooden bridge and then the trail spits you out the other side with breathtaking views of Lake Tahoe. Here's where you can get some speed (if you want), but I had to stop a couple times to get some pics. The view is just too good to only look down at the trail the whole time. 8.5 miles in is where they're doing construction on landslide repair (which is supposed to be done), but they let everyone pass once it was clear. At 10.4 miles you come to a junction. Go straight down to arrive at the bike shop & shuttle. Here's where you can turn it on and really crank out some speed. I was hitting low-to-sub 5's and it's some good speed trail running. Stay to the left and keep going down all the way to the parking lot, but when you pass a sign on the left with a left dog-leg turn, STAY STRAIGHT. Don't take that turn. It spits you out about a mile North of the bike shop, which is where you can get a shuttle ride back to your car at Spooner. This turned my 13-mile run into 14 miles, but at least it was flat ;-)

Great trail with good hills, spectacular views, and some good speed work. For an even tougher challenge take the Marlette Lake trail about a mile in on your left to drop you into the trail around Marlet Lake. NOTE: they were doing logging work when I was there and the Spooner trail around Spooner Lake was closed, but the trail to The Flume and Marlette Lake is open. Also remember to have $10 cash for parking at Spooner Lake Campground and $16 for the shuttle ride, but you can use a card at the bike shop for the shuttle. You may want to confirm the shuttle ride too before going to ensure you actually have a ride back b/c that's not always guaranteed.

This is an easy trail
With fun side trails to explore. It is not a hard trail and not a long hiking trail. Take this trail if your looking for a nice walk with your wife or girlfriend. (Not both might get you in trouble lol). The beach is awsome and there was joone on it due to the campground being closed for the season.

hiking
1 month ago

While there are no guarantees that you'll see bears, this is the one trail in my life where I have seen more bears than any other place.
Every October people flock here to see the salmon run, with hundreds of fish in certain spots, and the potential to see black bears enjoying their autumn buffet.
We came on October 13th this year, but were a little dissappointed there were few fish. It is usually the middle of October. Maybe we were too early.
Either way, this is a fun family activity, with the trail to Baldwin and Kiva Beaches, along with the rainbow loop seeing the cool autumn sun shining through the yellow aspens.
This year, the aquarium was closed for construction.
The trail is easy, and can fit handicapped walkers, along with elderly and young children.
Beware of the crowds.

Overall, a must-do activity if you're in South Lake Tahoe.
- Mike & Angel, EarthTrek Gear

10-15-18 Parking lot is closed, but it is only 1/4 mile to the trailhead. Cascade Falls is to the left and this trail (to the right) appeared to be labeled Desolation Wilderness. The notice posted at the trailhead stated that from 8-29-18 until 12-31-20 the Desolation Wilderness is closed unless you have a permit (see photo). THERE ARE NO PERMITS IN THE BOX. Cascade Falls was awesome!

The views were worth the trek! 4 miles up hill is no joke, but by the end you forget all about it!

I just took the mountain bike path all the way up and it was worth it. Fall is all over this trail and it’s beautiful!! It was decently busy with both hikers and mountain bikers. It was a windy day so a bit cold especially at the lake. Took cover by some rocks and ate my lunch on the water and it was perfect! Not a stressful hike, but you get in a great workout. Will take the flume trail next time, I will definitely come back.

I have mixed feelings about this hike.
The trailhead is somewhat easy to access (located at the very back of bay view campground). Limited parking especially on busy weekends.
You get incredible views of Emerald Bay from several view points on your way up.
There are lots of switchbacks on your way up. LOTS of elevation gain!
Granite Lake is lovely and a very nice place to take a breather.
There are two peaks:
The northern peak has better views of emerald bay. I did not see a clear trail to this peak.
The southern peak is about 200ft higher in elevation, has better views of desolation wilderness. The trail to this peak is very clear.
Dog friendly!

Very pretty, peaceful trail.
I went on a somewhat stormy day so I didn’t come across to many people.
Trail easy to locate, a little odd because you begin basically walking on a sidewalk in a neighborhood. Lots of parking.
Trail passes through a magical little creek tucked amongst a grove of aspen trees.
Trail is very dog friendly! However when you reach Nevada beach there is only a very small section where dogs are allowed :(

Beautiful hike!
Trailhead very easy to locate with lots of parking.
Trail is clearly marked and not very rocky.
Incredible views of Lake Tahoe.
Pretty, small waterfall.
Dog friendly!

Easy hike, short, and very scenic. Only downside was the many tourists, as the trailhead is basically in the backyard of the casinos.

A little steep at some points, but views at the end make it worth it

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