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Marlette Lake and Chimney Beach Loop Trail

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Lake Tahoe-Nevada State Park

Marlette Lake and Chimney Beach Loop Trail is a 8.6 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Incline Village-Crystal Bay, Nevada that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from June until October. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.

Length 8.6 mi Elevation gain 2,135 ft Route type Loop
Dog friendly Backpacking Camping Hiking Horseback riding Mountain biking Bird watching Forest Lake River Views Wild flowers Wildlife Rocky Snow
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This trail offers awesome views of Lake Tahoe and Marlette Lake. The trail is a moderately steep uphill climb from the lake level up to Marlette Lake, with views of Lake Tahoe and Marlette Lake visible at once from a point high up the trail. It's mostly shaded at the lower elevations, and passes through sugarpine forest, stands of aspen, and even a patch of ferns. About four fifths of the trail is quite obvious, but the last steep descent to Marlette Lake the trail is a little hard to follow. This is a great trail to take in early October, when the aspens on the east side of Marlette Lake are shimmering golden. The trailhead to Chimney Beach can be accessed from the parking lot on the opposite side of the street and is not part of the trail shown

Take Route 28 south out of Incline Village for 5 miles to the parking area just across the road from the Chimney Beach trailhead.

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Jessica Suarez
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This is a great trail. Parking is very limited, plan to get there early. The first 1.5 - 2 miles are very challenging and all uphill. There are bathrooms located by the lake so that is a plus. I would recommend packing for Chimney beach across the street. You will have ideal parking if you get there early. This way you can relax after the hike by the lake.

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Monica Decker
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Truly beautiful. A good cardio on the way up, windy up top and less shady on way down. My watch registered this as 9.22 miles from the parking lot for what’s that worth.

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Bethany Tsui
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The most epic views.

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Aimee O'Gara
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Well marked trail with spectacular views. Next time I will plan on backpacking as you will have all of Marlette Lake to yourself. I read the review posted before mine and I DID stay to the left at the fork which is perhaps why I had no issues following the trail. Pack some beers and enjoy. :)

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Anne Kennedy
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This trail was beautiful. I would not rate it as hard. It was steep but not technically difficult. The views of Lake Tahoe and Marlette Lake were gorgeous. I would have given the trail a 5 star review except that it was very poorly marked. If you are hiking it for the first time I would recommend you go up along the left and do the loop that way. We went up to the right and had a hard time finding the trail when we got to the end of Marlette Lake. It is very easy to end up on Flume Trail

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jessie kennedy
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It was a good trail. First 4 miles are all uphill. I definitely recommend going right at the fork that is a more gradual up hill and easier than going left. If you go right after passing the lake I would pull out the alltrails map to make sure you are on the right path because it is easy to go on the wrong path.

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Karen Penner
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This was my first time to Marlette Lake via the Chimney Beach Trail. It’s more interesting but also steeper, shorter, and more strenuous than the trail from Spooner Lake. The trail is mostly through forest, but there are some lovely views of Lake Tahoe. We took the trail to the left at the Y and continued to the dam at Marlette Lake. So, 3 miles up hill. Then, we proceeded to the Flume Trail with its open, flat and narrow trail high above Lake Tahoe and ended our hike by descending to Incline Village via Tunnel Creek Rd. The point to point hike was nearly 11 miles. A really great hike with exceptional views.

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Lucas Lux
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Sustained and steep climbs are rewarded by panoramic views of Lake Tahoe, as well as a respite at Marlette Làke. Highly recommend if your legs are up for a good chunk of punchy climbing.

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Sonny Chen
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Its a trail hike up until Marlette lake in view. That is beautiful. I like it. But watch out for mt. Downhill bike on your way back. Hope you Enjoy !

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Brittany Doan
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Overall it was a decently strenuous hike, especially at the beginning. The trail itself is gorgeous as you make your way through the lush forest. There are a few view points and right before you hit the half way point there’s a beautiful walk by Marlette Lake that’s about 1 mile long. After that you have a little more uphill to do before you reach the peak but to our disappointment once you hit the peak there wasn’t a view point :(. I’d say the best view was a little snippet of Lake Tahoe at the beginning of my ascent. The scenery was great and I really enjoyed the trail, I’m just giving it a 4/5 because the peak didn’t have a view.

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Chelsea Aslett
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michael simonds
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great hike , would make excellent mountain hike ride

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Taylor Smokey
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Not a trail for the faint hearted! A very steep incline the entire way up but the view was beautiful.

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Francine Coker
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Jessica Sharp
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Matt Oswalt
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Lily Bk
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Mike Bou
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great tail you do most the uphill first trail in verry good condition bikers on trail are courteous great views of Tahoe most of the trail

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Daniela Bouzeneris
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Beautiful trail! Well maintained and marked. The views of Lake Tahoe are pretty much along the trail. not too many hikers but quite of few bikers which did not bother us at all!. The trail it goes up from the trailhead pretty much. I enjoyed it very much and I highly recommend it! You won't regret!

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Rachel Still
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This trail was awesome. I met a nice man and walked with him and his dog all the way to the lake then peeled off and continued on. The view of Lake Tahoe were spectacular and Marlette lake was fabulous as well. The trail is well defined, easy to know follow but challenging at times as well. No issues parking, but came around 10AM on a Monday so that helped. I’ll definitely be hiking here again, hopefully when the trees change colors more!

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Andrea Lackie
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Steep uphill but great reward! Really enjoyable walk and Marlette lake is just beautiful (especially if you time it right with the aspens changing colors). Nice mix of sand and hard packed dirt trail with some rocks. Overall really enjoyable!

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Del Kauf
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Nice quiet trail to a popular lake. The trail is consistently uphill but I would consider it moderate considering it only took an hour and a half to reach the lake via taking a left at the fork. There's many other ways to get to this lake. The lake is big so it's easy to find a private spot but most people seem to hang out at the island.

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Brennan Pott
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This hike was pretty scenic! It got hot near the end, so I would recommend going early and taking the big uphill in the shade. We got there around 8. The hike took two of us around 4.75hrs with a lunch break at Marlette Lake. There was a butterfly migration going on, so there were plenty of butterflies around. A few mosquitos.

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Ali Herrera
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Loved this hike! Would call it a moderate one, mostly sandy trail. Lots of beautiful views of Tahoe. We went at 9 am and hardly saw anyone on the way up. We took the left route at the split and did the shorter path up to Marlette and looped back down the longer way. On the way back down there were a lot of Mountain bikers so make sure you’re paying attention so you can get out of the way. Definitely take a dip in the lake at the top, it was cold but stunning! Tons of butterflies all over the path. Did in tennis shoes and oboz sandals and didn’t have any issues with losing footing. Would recommend and would do again!

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Darya Shalayeva
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Amazing trail with breathtaking views.. still good amount of moisture, so it’s really good one to do with your dog!

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Jessica Rosander
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This is one of my new favorites. If your going in summer I recommend getting on the trailhead no later than 7am. You want to do that steady climb in the beginning in the shade. Well worth it though! Looking forward to doing this one again in the fall.

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Joanne Swenson
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Perfection: hard uphills sweetened by glorious Tahoe views, then the reward of beautiful Marlette Lake.

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Dani Green
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Hiked to the lake (half frozen and awesome) and then went right back the way I came! A bit of snow up there and tough to follow the trail the whole way. Have fun!

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rachel coenen
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Hiked this today..lots of snow still on the trail, had to turn around midway.. Normally a beautiful and clear trail!

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