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.
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.
Erin Leigh F.
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.
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!!!
Nice trail but trailhead signage by parking lot is none existing.
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.
hard. but very rewarding. beautiful views
definately challenging, but rewarding once you get to the lake. dusty on the way back.