Tahoe Rim Trail (TRT): Spooner Summit to Snow Valley Peak

MODERATE 45 reviews

Tahoe Rim Trail (TRT): Spooner Summit to Snow Valley Peak is a 11.5 mile out and back trail located near Glenbrook, Nevada that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, trail running, and mountain biking and is best used from June until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

11.5 miles
2,267 feet
Out & Back

dog friendly


mountain biking

trail running




1 month ago

Great views of lake tahoe starting about halfway through the hike most of the way to the top. The jeep trail towards the towers is the way to snow valley peak. Not very many people on the trail. If you go straight past the jeep trail you get a good view of Lake Marlette, with the option to hike an extra mile down to it. Would do it again

1 month ago

Took this trail today, and despite the haze from the North Fire, it was great as usual. No cell service at the Spooner Summit /TRT parking area, so couldn’t track the hike using the All Trails app.. oh well. After hitting Snow Valley peak, I took the Jeep road down to where it meets the road leading north to Marlette Lake. Went and looked around, and then headed back south on the dirt road towards Spooner. One tip: this was a thirsty hiking day, and 3l in hydration bladder wasn’t gonna do. Where the Jeep road down from the TRT meets with the Marlette Creek dirt road, there is a very clean, fast flowing spring fed creek to refill bottles/hydration bladder. I didn’t die drinking it. You probably won’t either. ;-)
All together this “loop” was 24km. Enjoy!

11 months ago

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.

Thursday, August 03, 2017

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.

Monday, July 17, 2017

Amazing view!

Sunday, June 11, 2017

mountain biking
Friday, February 03, 2017

Good climb, quick DH. great views.

Sunday, October 23, 2016

I only hiked 3 miles towards the snow valley peak and will have to return next time to get all the way there but I really enjoyed this trail. Some Carson valley and Lake Tahoe views but mostly trail goes through the forest.

Monday, October 10, 2016

Very pleasant, gorgeous views of Lake Tahoe, Reno, and Carson Valley.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Nice hike but no views of the lake, just a little glimpse of it a couple of times peeking through the trees. Made it to about a 1 1/2 miles away from Snow Valley Peak. All in all about 8 miles R/T

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Nice hike on a beautiful blue sky day. The views from the top are worth the trip. Went in on the Rim trail and came out through North Canyon.

Friday, September 13, 2013

Hiking up from Spooner Lake is wooded for a few miles but then opens up for beautiful views of Lake Tahoe. What's nice is that the trail, above treeline, is well maintained. Your eyes are free to wander and gaze at the lake. I only saw one or two other hikers on a beautiful August weekend; lots of horse poop.

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Wife and I have done both sides of spooner to marlette lake and to kings bury actually like the view towards kings bury better view of Lake Tahoe not much traffic on either run into horses on the marlette side have to watch for afternoon thunder storms later in the year great snow mobile trails on kings bury side during winter go to the top for spectacular views

nature trips
Thursday, September 20, 2012

Horseback rider here. Equestrian trailer parking is located at the equipment sheds just to the east of Spooner Summit on Hwy 50. There is a small day fee, bring cash (less than $10). The trail is easily found from the parking area. No water in the high country on this particular leg, you will need to either go over Sunflower Hill toward Hobart Reservoir for water from Hobart Creek or make a loop ride and go back toward Marlette Lake. Watch for bikers on the lower trail, they are not allowed on this particular section of TRT however.

trail running
Tuesday, June 26, 2012

The Tahoe Rim Trail (TRT) from Spooner Summit up to Snow Valley Peak does offer spectacular views of Lake Tahoe, including my favorite scene of Marlette Lake perched high above Lake Tahoe. You can make a loop with the Marlette Lake trail for a longer run. Expect plenty of climbing and wind at the top, but the views are worth it. The trail is smooth and not technical (just lots of climbing).

If you are not going during peak tourist season, then certainly consider the Marlette Flume Trail run as another gorgeous run with even more spectacular Tahoe views.

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Beautiful vistas of the lake and valley. Blood red sunset was incredible.

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Best views of North Shore.. No argument.. the Views from SVP has everything to entertain the wondering eye. Carson and Washoe Valleys to the East, with the Mystery lines. Then Marlette and the majestic Lake Tahoe to the West, with its snow capped peaks. I have lived in NLake for 2 years now and wish I found this gem the 1st day I came!

Marlette is hands down thee BEST fishing in the Tahoe Basin. All the regulations and hassle of getting up there is most certainly worth the effort.

Tuesday, August 02, 2011

I went from parking lot at Spooner Rim Trail not lake and not flume trail beautiful views at top of snow vly pk continued to Marlette after but tough descent down to Marlette Had to then hike back up hill to TRT to get back tp car All in all great moderate hike 15.2 miles in 6 hours covering valley and peaks Awesome views from top of Snow Vly pk!!

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Great views of Tahoe and Marlett lake. Bring water - seasonal creeks dry up early in the season.

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