Explore the most popular lake 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.

hiking
9 days ago

Sure was wonderful to be hiking in Tahoe again! Had a blast with the amazing granite boulders everywhere. Great overlooks of the forest and Tahoe. Had a fun time seeing Marlette Lake. Only saw one other couple while on this trail. Flowers are starting to bloom.

Hiked up to the snow line. Too icy. Turned around and came back down. Did about 6 Miles. Beautiful trail.

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.

Greeen!

hiking
28 days ago

At about the halfway point to the lake the trail is almost completely covered in snow. There are enough footprints to find your way on it, but it just started to become a pain in the ass to walk in the stuff so I turned back. Maybe give this one a few more weeks to thaw out

Short hike but I like to loop it around and take the old King’s Canyon Rd a bit on foot and then join the main waterfall big loop, turning it into about 5.5 miles. A bit of an incline up the old road and you’ll want to stay alert due to the 4 wheeling but it adds a nice workout to the otherwise short trail. The waterfalls are very nice, just stay out of the water, it’s the water source for Carson.

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.

Spectacular views. Well maintained. Very easy.

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

A park more than anything. Incredible beautiful.

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

Good little hike great views.

walking
4 months ago

Lovely walk along the water with beach access in a couple of places. Beautiful and meditative with benches strategically placed to take in the Lake Tahoe beauty. (We visited in late Fall, during the day on a week day). Looking forward to visiting again.

hiking
6 months ago

An easy flat stroll with great views.

walking
6 months ago

Beautiful lake access. Off season only $5 for locals.

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☺

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.

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.

You have to pay $12 to get into the state park which was a downer!

Super awesome climbing and picnicking

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