Marlette Lake Trail

HARD 87 reviews
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Marlette Lake Trail is a 5.8 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Sand Harbor, Nevada that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, horses, mountain biking, and backpacking and is best used from June until November. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
5.8 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1797 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dog friendly

backpacking

hiking

mountain biking

horseback riding

forest

lake

river

views

rocky

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.

hiking
2 days ago

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.

hiking
5 days ago

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!

7 days ago

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11 days ago

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

hiking
14 days ago

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!

hiking
26 days ago

Beautiful hike, especially the return views of Tahoe. There is still tons of snow that is melting at a rate fast enough to melt away the footprints of previous hikers, but if you have your online map and an adventurous spirit, you can make it! As others mentioned, the Trail head is absent. Look for a metal barricade on the southwest corner of the parking lot and you'll begin going uphill almost strait away.

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8 months ago

It was an all day hike that was beautiful with the fall colors. Definitely a hard trail the last couple miles up. I walk daily and,was vlpretty sore for a couple days afterward.

8 months ago

Great hike! Long enough to feel like you're getting a good workout and short enough to start after noon. Great views and decently groomed trails but watch out for bikers!!!

hiking
8 months ago

9 months ago

Nice trail but trailhead signage by parking lot is none existing.

9 months ago

Very difficult if you are a flatlander. But the end is worth it. A lot of things to see starting with the Sugar Pines down low and the changing vegetation as you climb higher. The middle section gives some flat terrain respite before continuing the climb up to the lake. Stay left at the fork just after the sign warning mountain bikers about the difficulty and technical switchbacks. Likewise when returning it's easy to stay right just below the dam and follow the flume trail to the right as opposed to the correct way going back to the parking lot staying high and left.

hiking
9 months ago

hard. but very rewarding. beautiful views

hiking
9 months ago