Explore the most popular birding trails near Glenbrook with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Excellent fall hike! We came in mid-October and even though locals on the trail were sighing that it was the tail end of colors, we thought we were inside a treasure trove!

Pro tip: You can make this trail a loop by taking hiking trail to the lake and biking trail back (or vice versa)
Pro tip 2: The colors are more beautiful along the biking trail

Some of our pictures from the trail: https://csgirllife.wordpress.com/2018/11/19/fall-colors-on-marlette-lake-trail-tahoe/

hiking
20 days ago

This trail was a short drive from South Lake. While parking is limited, you can park at the base of the trail. The trail was easy enough for my four year old to finish and short enough that snacks weren’t required.
The view was breathtaking.

i'm in love with this trail. came in mid October, beautiful Aspen trees changing color, slow and steady climb up with short steep down to lake so after long uphill climb the first part of the return was challenging but then the rest of the 10 mile hike was all downhill with a little bit of flat so easy to power through. cant wait to do again next fall!

Great hike! We took a few breaks to catch our breath since we weren’t used to the elevation, but overall not bad at all. Definitely recommend!

Great mellow trail. Beautiful in late October when the aspens are changing.

Will be back! Such a great sweet trail.cant wait to check out the lake in the summer for a swim after biking or hiking!

hiking
1 month ago

10-26-18. Beautiful hike (even according to my begrudging 13 year old). Amazing fall colors. Nice to have a restroom (well maintained, out house style) at Marlette, and real flushing restrooms at Spooner. Gradual uphill, not too many steep parts. We took the trail. Took us 5 hours. We hung out at Marlette for almost an hour for lunch, pictures, restroom break.

It just doesn’t get in prettier. I will do this spiritual walk Springs and falls for many more years to come!!!

Trail was clearly marked wide and easy to walk, great for the whole family! Beautiful view of The lake.There is a rock climb at the top if you want the best views, well worth the effort!!

I just took the mountain bike path all the way up and it was worth it. Fall is all over this trail and it’s beautiful!! It was decently busy with both hikers and mountain bikers. It was a windy day so a bit cold especially at the lake. Took cover by some rocks and ate my lunch on the water and it was perfect! Not a stressful hike, but you get in a great workout. Will take the flume trail next time, I will definitely come back.

hiking
1 month ago

Took my pup out for a jaunt. Most of the trail was closed, but it was a pretty walk. Very loud in most places because of highway and helicopters. Trail not marked around the lake, but seems pretty clear at the start. Check the maps up front. Will be back to do surrounding trails!

We tried to hike a few places on the California side of Lake Tahoe but we couldn’t find parking. This rock and view made our day.

Went midweek and only saw a few people. Not too strenuous and a great early fall hike

Went midweek and only saw a few people. Not too strenuous and a great early fall hike

hiking
2 months ago

Easy peasy. Beautiful view from atop the tunnel.

Beautiful easy ride.

Nice walk around the lake. Then go get breakfast in south lake.

Fun short walk around the like....perfect for mountain biking

Nice option for someone in good but not optimal shape. Pretty stretches, good variety, but lacked the spectacular vistas of other hikes in the area. Also, areas were very dusty. On the plus side, the mountain bikers had a separate parallel route, so the trail was very peaceful, though we did encounter a biker breaking the rules by taking the hiking trail. Boo. Marlette Lake was cold but not numbingly so and made for a refreshing swim. You can change in the bathroom by the peninsula. You leave the peace of the trail behind when you get to the lake because all the mountain bikers congregate on the little peninsula for lunch, but it’s lovely.

Such a beautiful and totally worth it hike. We went later in the day and didn’t pass too many people.
Bummer to pay $10 to park, but they do a great job with the trails and facilities.

Great Hike!!

* consistant water for the dogs.
* trail is only for hikers and equestrians. Road that parallels trail ( North Canyon Creek) allows mountain bikes- so trail was lovely and serene.
*purchase of the $10.00 parking pass to spooner lake allows free pass into Tahoe's Sand Harbor Beach Area, which is worth a visit (gorgeous).
* very, very pleasant hike.

3 months ago

3 kids did the climb at the end (ages 7,6 and 3) Incredible view!!

hiking
3 months ago

amazing view from the top of Cave Rock!!! trail is easy except for climbing the rock at the end of the trail, but the view is well worth the climb!

Great trail for all levels. Being a loop, you can turn around at any time. We took the trail rather than the road, which is much nicer and well maintained. Road is nice too, just be aware of the mountain bikers.

hiking
3 months ago

Very easy and also very short. Good for a quick change in scenery if you head north or south on the east side of Lake Tahoe and want to make a quick stop.

Very nice part of the TRT. I started at Spooner Summit and went south. Adding the Kingsbury North to Kingsbury South connector on at the end was a large task due to the incline and by that point my energy had been spent. I took the time to go to the peak of Genoa and also climb around Castle Rock for a great overlook of South Lake Tahoe.

hiking
3 months ago

Short, easy hike with beautiful views at the end!

Nice leisurely trail. Easy for kids alike.

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