Explore the most popular forest trails in Spooner Lake Management Area with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

This trail is amazing. I started at Spooner summit. Its steep at first then it gets better. I went off the trail a few times to see the lakes from the rocks. There are some hidden trails you can see in all trails to go up to the peak. I only went 3 hours out and turned around since I was not prepared with camping gear. You are allowed to camp along the trail and they advice to camp no further than 300ft from the trail. The altitude changes fast. This is not a beginner trail.

Tough climb but breathtaking views!

Nice easy hike. It was a bit muddy in places but that's part of the experience of hiking. Can wait to come back in the summer and ride it on the bike.

hiking
4 months ago

Great little trail around spooner lake. Easy hike, may be muddy in certain areas at times. Only downside is some dog poop or trash left by inconsiderate visitors.

walking
4 months ago

Great easy trail for young kids. both shaded and non. Restrooms by the parkinglot (there is a day fee) with easy parking. little lake was beautiful and very peaceful. lots of birds, open grass and great wooded area. we only saw one other group there around 10am on a Sunday. Great for photos. Will do it again.

snowshoeing
4 months ago

Great place to take the little ones and introduce them to snowshoeing. Easy terrain and simple to follow.

Nice trail. I met a few people. It’s between easy and moderate. My dog handled the trail easily. There are nice spots with awesome views of the lake and Carson city at the same time.

hiking
7 months ago

Nice trail for a family. Easy for kids with lots to look at along the way.

It's a flat trail around a small lake. Good for an easy outing but not spectacular. well maintained dirt trail.

Beautiful first hike, the water smelled sweet, the forest flow was warm and piney, and the birch trees sang their song...

Nice trail around a beautiful lake. Only drawback is highway noise.

hiking
7 months ago

I hiked this trail on 09/19/17 with my wife. The trail is a lovely 2.1 mile round trip "walk" around a beautiful partially man made alpine lake. Scenic beautiful views of both the lake and forest that includes many "weeping" aspen, from the beginning to the end of the hike. Unlike a hike in the deep woods where there is limited sunlight, this trail provides plenty of light as you never venture far from the lakeshore. We were there too early in the autumn season to see much color other than a peek of yellow here and there. Interesting it was snowing a few days later at Spooner Lake. The negatives of this hike is that beside being a short hike it also very level, thus not much of a workout. An earlier review suggested do immediately do the hike again. We did not but it is an excellent suggestion. Another negative is that at certain points on the trail you can hear traffic noise from the nearby highway. I would like to mention on the positive side that the state parks of Nevada (of course including this one) are extremely well maintained. This includes the roadways, parking lots, trails, informative signage, and restrooms. Thank-you Nevada!

Easy hike. Very pretty. Make sure to check out the grinding stones from the Washo Indians at the north end of the lake. Nice interpretive signs along the way.

Great trail. Does cost 10 dollars to enter.

Awesome trail. Great for kids and dogs. Easy to navigate and interesting facts to read along the trail.

hiking
8 months ago

This is a very easy trail and has plenty of benches along the trail to sit and take in the view. You will pass through aspen, fir and pine groves with alpine meadows and wetlands. There is a lot of variety in a very small area on this hike. The trail had quite a few groups on it when we went on 9/2, but we never felt crowded or like people were on our heels.
Great hike for older or younger folks, or for out of town guests.

What a great hike, loved going thru the forest with the different firs and pines. Ran into some snow and ice, but not that bad. Wild flowers on the lower elevations.

hiking
9 months ago

Tough 3 mile climb from tunnel creek but absolutely beautiful and breath taking views all the way to spooner and past Marlette. Bring lots of water on hot days, pack a snack and plan to take a dip in Marlette. One of my favourite trails in Tahoe.
Be careful on narrow path along cliff edges, MTB tend to ride like crazy people. Only room for one bike at a time. Me and my daughter almost got run over by some speed bikers on very narrow part overlooking sand harbor.

Great for the family. Lots of shade and Places to sit with a view.

Beautiful trail around lake: wildflowers, shade, lovely. $10 to get in but trail well-maintained with water and restrooms.

trail running
10 months ago

Ran the trail yesterday. Thought it would be busy due to the holiday weekend but it wasn't crowded. Snow is off the trail near Marlette lake now.

hiking
11 months ago

I love taking our twin 9 year old boys here. The loop is only a couple miles and shaded most the way.

11 months ago

This is the most beautiful mtn bike trail I have ever ridden on. Breathtaking views of Tahoe with awesome rocky cliffs

Nice hike. Shady.

Easy but beautiful hike. Kid friendly

hiking
11 months ago

Easy hike, but beautiful range of pine, aspen, and some rockier, sandy areas. I walked around twice. Great departing location for some longer hikes as well.

hiking
11 months ago

Great little family hike. Easy enough for kids 3 years and older. Also connects to longer hikes if you're feeling adventurous.

walking
Friday, April 28, 2017

Relaxing nature walk near Tahoe. Drive up from Carson on 50 is also beautiful and drops right near Spooner.

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