Explore the most popular backpacking trails in Lake Tahoe-Nevada State Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

great time will do this hike again

nice trail! not too much snow but lake was still frozen over.

Beautiful views and a fun hike. There was still a good amount of snow cover by Marlette Lake, causing us to lose the trail coming back around the ridge and requiring some bushwhacking until we were back on track. Especially enjoyed seeing and hearing sooty grouse along the trail.

Spent Black Friday doing this hike with very little other hikers. We encountered quite a bit more snow than we expected and should have brought snowshoes, so word to the wise, the snow is very deep in November. Nicely marked trail, beautiful views of Marlette Lake. Pack a lunch and enjoy the little peninsula that stretches out into the lake.

Right now (feb 19th) snow shoes are needed from spooner summit down to the lake. Wind blown snow drifts present. Beautiful regardless.

beautiful! went a few days ago and once you get passed Spooner lake the snow can get deep. I still wore hiking boots and did fine. snowshoes would've been helpful

I have been on this hike several times including the new hiking route portion. It is suitable for more most hikers.
I have discovered something rare, topograghy-wise,nearby the new hiking trail. i wonder if anybody else has noticed it, hint, it is near the wooden footbridge.

Great hike. Didn't see a lot of hikers but did encounter a lot of mountain bikers. Was afraid I would get run over but they were always letting me know when they were getting close so I could move off the trail which was not problem for me. Bring water and be prepared for a leg burning, heart pumping hike. Awesome views. Turn left at the fork for a shorter hike if you don't want to do the loop.

Beautiful trail. Make sure you use the trail rather than the road to get the most out of this hike. Either way it is worth it. Wish there was more color in the aspens.

Definitely a bun burner! The first mile or so was straight up but once our heart rates leveled out we made good time. The views were beautiful. On the way back we got mixed up where the trail splits into the Flume Trail to Tunnel Creek and the Marlette Creek Trail-it was either marked poorly or disguised by fallen branches and brush or we are blind. Probably the latter.

We had to blaze our own trail to get to the right path to get back.

What a great trail! Had to go fish the lake before season ended. Started at 0920. 1:30 up with a 25 pound pack.1:25 down. Caught a 14 inch trout in 20 minutes. Returned the way we came rather than looping. Steady uphill all the way but not too brutal.

horseback riding
8 months ago

was a beautiful trail , long but worth it☺

Beautiful! Want to go again!

Easy parking if early. Trail is easy to find per waypoints in description. The hike offers nice elevation gain. If you pay close attention you will see split in trail where you can go left straight to lake. Otherwise, you will end up looping around along lake. Don't be confused by mountain bike tracks or sign at 4 miles in which says Marlette Creek Trail.

Absolutely gorgeous! Labor Day weekend - Due to late snowmelt all varieties of wild flowers were visible along the trail at all stages. 3rd time hiking this trail and it never disappoints. It's long, a full day activity and the downhill always feels like it lasts forever

As advertised, quite difficult

The perfect hike. It's probably moderate/hard but the solitude, trail and views make it an easy top 10 for Tahoe. Great for dogs with the stream and lake.

Super awesome climbing and picnicking

Just fantastic ! Wonderful views on lac tahoe and magnificient environment at the top
A must to do

This was a beautiful hike but it can be a bit difficult at times and tiring - you hike from Spooner up to Marlette and then we returned via fire road. I recommend bringing lots of water and lunch plus a bathing suit for a very needed dip in Marlette before the trek back to Spooner.

The trail is easy to follow & the incline is never all that severe. Recommend the trail over the road for sure (they basically run parallel to each other). Loved the view on the lake. Temp was a perfect 75. Only downside were mosquitos in one section were relentless & the air quality wasn't great due to the smoke from the fires. I was walking about an 18 minute mile and was done in about 4 hours (25 minute stop at the lake). Enjoy.

Hiked from Spooner Lake to Marlette Lake, and then continued further to about a mile and a half beyond Marlette Peak. It took about 9.5 hours roundtrip, but the views from Marlette Peak were phenomenal, with sweeping vistas over both Marlette Lake and Lake Tahoe. We saw an eagle, two deer, a snake, chipmunks, and swarms of butterflies. There was still snow by Marlette Peak, even in the middle of July! The only reason I didn't give this hike 5 stars is because we got eaten alive by mosquitos for 3 miles during the descent from Marlette Lake to Spooner Lake, even with bug spray. My girlfriend got nearly 50 bites, and I got about 30. Would definitely do this hike again.

Hiked this July 3rd. Still quite a lot of snow. Bring ice picks or metal spikes, and good hiking shoes. Took us longer than previous time we hiked because of the snow.

nice hike last weekend. heard some kittens and saw some mountain lion tracks near the saddle at the lake. fun times.

Only one big patch of snow. Some wet areas and fallen trees on the trail. Great workout of 2.75 miles going straight up. Enjoy.

Great little butt burner!:) loved the views of both lakes and various flowers and butterflies along the way. I had lunch at the lake and wanted to go for a dip but decided to head back. Decent shade on the way back but still seemed like quite a bit of bugs even with the sun out (10am-2pm). Definitely recommend!

Great hike with plenty of shade and moderate elevation gain. There is still snow covering the trail around the 4 mile mark, but it's easy to navigate across to the North Canyon Road (runs parallel to the trail, to the east), which takes you directly to the east side of the lake. Not heavily trafficked and saw only a handful of other hikers at Marlette Lake.

Still some snow up there, half the lake is still
Frozen

There is no trail marker in the parking lot. It's behind a metal gate and near the entrance of the parking lot. The trail is fairly straightforward the first few miles and is almost all uphill. Near the top there are snow patches and a good amount of water running down the trail. All in all it's a great hike. The views are fantastic at the top!

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