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Sand Harbor, Nevada Map

Not as hard as you think. Bring lots of water and fishing poles!

24 days ago

Beautiful walk down to a small secluded beach.

This was a great hike. My wife and I found it challenging mainly because we live at 580ft above sea level and are just visiting so hiking at 6000 to 8000 feet is different. Trail had many lovely views. We saw mountain bikers and day hikers along the way. Only negative is that after you leave the lake halfway thru the hike the return part of the loop is hard to find. We had to back track as we missed the return loop and found ourselves on the Flume Trail by mistake. We did the loop counter clockwise.

1 month ago

Beginners flip-flop trail, with amazing secluded beach.
For a short hike, with a beach destination, this is a must-do trail. It is gradual, shaded, excellent lake views, and wide. 10-15 minutes one-way.
We did a Saturday afternoon drive to find a less-crowded beach at Lake Tahoe.
We heard about this trail from a friend, and decided to try it.
It is definitely a beginner's trail. The steepest part is a place where there are several developed granite steps (built) leading down to the beach. Most people will not need trekking poles for that spot. We brought our sticks for testing lake depth.
As you get closer to the lake, the emerald blue, lagoon looking water peeks through the trees, creating a heightened sense of excitement to get into the water.
The best part of this trail is the beach itself. Small, yet secluded feeling. The beach holds about 5-10 families, max.
I imagine it fills up early and stays that way most of the day. We lucked out. By getting there at 4:15pm, people were starting to leave, and it created space for us. The early September air was still warm, and there was plenty of sun.
For destination activities, it is the swimming, by far. Shallow, safe, and large submerged granite boulders to explore just north of the beach.
Bring swimwear, towel, flip flops, and of course, goggles. We could have spent all day exploring the underwater terrain. But beware, Lake Tahoe water is cold, even in summer. Just get in quickly and you'll get used to it after a minute. So clean and refreshing.
Next time, we will explore the other trails leading to the Thunderbird lodge. They seem to all connect. We will be coming back.
- Mike and Angel, EarthTrek Gear

Nice easy hike, great views of the lake. Wasn’t busy, went in the afternoon around 1130

Great hike. The lake and views were beautiful. We took our 3 kids and they had a blast. Ended up running down the trail. It’s definitely a challenging hike. But the views are well worth the burning kegs and lungs.

Trail was nice. kinda soft around some of the turns because of the bikes. Also, there were so many bikes we had to dive off the trail often. Just be heads up.

At the top, the trail from the lake back to the trail that goes down is very overgrown and hard to find. we started going the wrong way before realizing we were on the wrong trail. then it took us a while to determine what was the trail and what wasn't.

All in all, running the 10 mile loop took us 2 hours.

3 months ago

The trail was great, but beware of mountain bikers!

as others have said, it's a leg workout for sure ! however the trail is mostly smooth sand/soil and easy on the feet. the views are spectacular and the feeling serene. I went on a Sunday and saw maybe a dozen courteous mountain bikers and 3 other hikers. trail head parking lot is small so I parked about 3/4 mile down the road at the beach area. also -the last little section of the "loop" after you go around the lake is a bit vague on this map (the red line) they have it paralleling the blue dotted bike trail. I just ended up walking the bike trail because it's easier to find.

love the view ...not hard if you hike often...

Beautiful Trail leading up to a beautiful Alpine reservoir. There were a few scenic views of the northern part of Lake Tahoe on the way up the trail. It was also a good trail for letting your dog off the leash.

6 months ago

Sure was wonderful to be hiking in Tahoe again! Had a blast with the amazing granite boulders everywhere. Great overlooks of the forest and Tahoe. Had a fun time seeing Marlette Lake. Only saw one other couple while on this trail. Flowers are starting to bloom.

great time will do this hike again

Beautiful views and a fun hike. There was still a good amount of snow cover by Marlette Lake, causing us to lose the trail coming back around the ridge and requiring some bushwhacking until we were back on track. Especially enjoyed seeing and hearing sooty grouse along the trail.

6 months ago

At about the halfway point to the lake the trail is almost completely covered in snow. There are enough footprints to find your way on it, but it just started to become a pain in the ass to walk in the stuff so I turned back. Maybe give this one a few more weeks to thaw out

Nice short trial with a beautiful view of the lake at the end.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Great hike. Didn't see a lot of hikers but did encounter a lot of mountain bikers. Was afraid I would get run over but they were always letting me know when they were getting close so I could move off the trail which was not problem for me. Bring water and be prepared for a leg burning, heart pumping hike. Awesome views. Turn left at the fork for a shorter hike if you don't want to do the loop.

Definitely a bun burner! The first mile or so was straight up but once our heart rates leveled out we made good time. The views were beautiful. On the way back we got mixed up where the trail splits into the Flume Trail to Tunnel Creek and the Marlette Creek Trail-it was either marked poorly or disguised by fallen branches and brush or we are blind. Probably the latter.

We had to blaze our own trail to get to the right path to get back.

Friday, September 29, 2017

What a great trail! Had to go fish the lake before season ended. Started at 0920. 1:30 up with a 25 pound pack.1:25 down. Caught a 14 inch trout in 20 minutes. Returned the way we came rather than looping. Steady uphill all the way but not too brutal.

Monday, September 04, 2017

Easy parking if early. Trail is easy to find per waypoints in description. The hike offers nice elevation gain. If you pay close attention you will see split in trail where you can go left straight to lake. Otherwise, you will end up looping around along lake. Don't be confused by mountain bike tracks or sign at 4 miles in which says Marlette Creek Trail.

As advertised, quite difficult

The perfect hike. It's probably moderate/hard but the solitude, trail and views make it an easy top 10 for Tahoe. Great for dogs with the stream and lake.

Super awesome climbing and picnicking

Just fantastic ! Wonderful views on lac tahoe and magnificient environment at the top
A must to do

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.

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!

Still some snow up there, half the lake is still

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!

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.

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.

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