Marlette Lake Trail from Spooner Lake

MODERATE 18 reviews

Marlette Lake Trail from Spooner Lake is a 10.3 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Glenbrook, Nevada that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
10.3 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1896 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

backpacking

birding

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

lake

views

wild flowers

wildlife

hiking
5 days ago

nice hike last weekend. heard some kittens and saw some mountain lion tracks near the saddle at the lake. fun times.

hiking
9 days ago

Great hike with plenty of shade and moderate elevation gain. There is still snow covering the trail around the 4 mile mark, but it's easy to navigate across to the North Canyon Road (runs parallel to the trail, to the east), which takes you directly to the east side of the lake. Not heavily trafficked and saw only a handful of other hikers at Marlette Lake.

1 month ago

1 month ago

tried it today with a friend and the little kid we saw a ranger on the walk up and back with no real notice still snowed out about 2 miles in right as we got there ran into a really big bear slowly turned around and got out of there we saw what we thought was a den right off the right side of the trail told a ranger about it they said there's a couple dens off of it I feel more notice of where those are should be posted don't go alone

hiking
7 months ago

Great hike with a consistent but not brutal uphill grade on the way in, a gorgeous setting at Marlette Lake, and a quiet experience that was the perfect get-away we were looking for. We did this one in mid-November... awesome weather with it being chilly but not cold. We started at 8:30am and only encountered maybe 20 other people (including some bikers and two horseback riders). Round trip took us 4.5 hours, including a 20-30 min stop at the lake.

hiking
8 months ago

Beautiful, 63° October day with beautiful vistas and Aspen color popping. Scant snow, great sunlight and only saw 2 people in 11 miles

hiking
8 months ago

Parked at Spooner Summit to save us each $8. adds a couple miles to the hike. Beautiful hike gorgeous fall colors.

8 months ago

Beautiful trail, lots of fall colors! Don't confuse the mtb trail with the hiking trail!

hiking
8 months ago

hiking
8 months ago

We parked at spooner parking costs $8 for nv residents and $10 for others. We hiked down to spooner it was beautiful. We took the pedestrian trail to Marlette lake it was a bit boring. Marlette was beautiful! We took the flume trail back down it was gorgeous! We walked thru aspen groves changing colors. So pretty. Just have to get out of bikers way every once in a while. I'd take the flume next time. Great October hike to see leaves changing.

hiking
9 months ago

10 months ago

Beautiful area!

10 months ago

trail running
10 months ago

From spooner up to Marlette is a grind if your trail running I walked a few up the hill climbs with pride :) Marlette is beautiful and full of energy with MTB traffic from flume riders. Run back to Spooner felt like it took 1/2 the time.

hiking
10 months ago

This would be a 3-4 star trail with few views but I took a few tips from the great Top Trails guide to Lake Tahoe and turned it into a great 5 star outing. I am just sorry I did not record the track, to make it easier for others to follow.

I will do my best to describe it, and perhaps I will record the track on my computer later and upload it.

I started from the Lake Spooner trailhead and hiked the trail to Marlette Lake. It goes on a forest road for maybe half a mile and then it splits: bikers need to stay on the forest road, but hikers can take a shaded path (North Canyon Trail) through the forest. I definitely recommend taking it: not only is it prettier, but you will avoid a lot of the MTB traffic. The trail is part of Flume Trail which is very popular with mountain bikers (of all skill levels).

I stayed on the path until I came to Marlette Lake and then took right and walked to a junction with a restroom. Here you have two options. If you continue straight, you will come to "Marlette Overlook". I believe that one can see both Marlette Lake and Lake Tahoe from here--I saw some pictures and they look impressive but I did not take this path.

Instead I turned right, hiked up on the forest road used by bikers, perhaps 1/4 mile past the map and junction on top and then turned left on Snow Valley Rd. This road climbs quickly for about a mile and then crosses Tahoe Rim Trail. I turned right on the Tahoe Rim Trail and hiked it all the way to the Spooner Pass. Great views along the way.

The final part is taking the trail which runs around Lake Spooner and get from Spooner Pass to the parking lot by Lake Spooner.

All-in-all it is about 14 miles.

hiking
11 months ago

hiking
11 months ago

Great. The trail itself is a dirt road but the scenery is beautiful the whole way. There were more mountain bikers than hikers but it wasn't an issue as the road is wide and can accommodate both. You are at a constant and decent incline the entire hike up to the lake.

hiking
Wednesday, June 08, 2016