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love the view ...not hard if you hike often...

is not hard if you hike often..

Out-and-back from Spooner Lake on 5-30-2018. $10 for parking. Nice day-hike with a challenging grade to about 8200 feet. Mountain bikers use the service road below the trail.

The trail still had several trees across the path and patchy snow on the north side of the summit.

At the lake, even at mid-day, it got chilly when we stopped for lunch.

10.5 miles round-trip in about 4.5 hours.

It is a beautiful trail, but the Forest Service has closed the Charity Valley Trailhead because the trail crosses private land. The trail now can only be used from the Grover Hot Springs- East Side Entry.
Also, the middle of the trail gets little maintenance and disappears occasionally, requiring some route fining

Hiked the trail on 5/20 starting around 9 am. If you take the directions AllTrails gives to get to the trailhead you will need to pay $10 to park there. Just a heads up as I was caught off guard.

Trail was beautiful and clear save for some snow that showed up about the last 0.5 mile of the hike. Only one particular area was difficult to traverse, and that was after the final small bridge just as you're heading down to Marlette Lake. There was snow covering the trail path and it was hard packed and deep on the slope of the hill, so it can be tedious to cross. Aside from this one spot, the trail is smooth going and aside from the distance itself, a fairly simple hike.

I saw a total of 3 hikers that actually followed the trail. There were some sections which branched off that other hikers were on, and once I got to Marlette Lake there were more people, but overall it was a very quiet hike. The lack of people made the occurrence of wildlife much more prevalent which made my day. It was great to finally see some muley doe out and about during my hike.

Highly recommend the trail if you have the time and are comfortable with 10mi+ hikes. The elevation change was gradual enough it wasn't too difficult to overcome. As we progress further into the summer months the snow which made the trail a bit more complicated towards the end will melt and you'll have a clear trail to enjoy.

Beautiful Trail leading up to a beautiful Alpine reservoir. There were a few scenic views of the northern part of Lake Tahoe on the way up the trail. It was also a good trail for letting your dog off the leash.

A nice 2 mike or so hike. The waterfall is really nice. It’s in a steep valley under tree cover. True shade and the spray make it cool and refreshing to see. The loop trail gives good views or Carson City. Decent elevation gain but never too steep. The trail almost touches the tree line and you can see some trees still with scars from and old fire.

Nice Little hike. My wife and I are in our mid-60's and we walked up to the falls and backtracked to the loop trail. The hike took about 70 minutes. It is worth the trip.

More like 7 miles out and back. Good moderate hike!

Loved it. Surprises around every corner.

Beautiful challenging hike!

Beautiful

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.

Great hike!

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.

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

Good little hike great views.

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
9 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.

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