Marlette Lake

Carson City, Nevada 89705

Marlette Lake

Marlette Lake Professional Review and Guide

"A day hike or overnight backpack trip to Marlette Lake in the Carson Range. The North Canyon Trail generally follows North Canyon Creek for about 5 miles to Marlette Lake, a human-made reservoir. There is designated camping near the turnoff to 9,214-foot Snow Valley Peak, 4 miles from the trailhead. Marlette Lake was constructed as the centerpiece of the elaborate water system supplying 25,000 to 40,000 people at Virginia City and Carson City.

The chimney standing on the southeastern shore of the lake was once part of the watermaster’s house, occupied until the late 1950s. The dam was originally built in 1873 to aid in fluming wood to Spooner Summit and then on to Carson City. It has since undergone several reconstructions and is now 52 feet high."

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8/21/2000
I refer to cycling the Tahoe-Flume trail. It was challenging and beautiful as usual, but the pulverized granite as a ground base was quite loose and dangerous. This applies to the ascent out of Spooner and the descent to the Ponderosa. It was the worst I have ever seen it in four tours of this great trail.
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Trail Information

Carson City
Nearby City
Dog-friendly
Accessibility
8.8
Distance
Out-and-back
Trail Type
Moderate
Skill Level
6 hours or 2 days
Duration
Summer through Fall
Season
Waterfalls
Features
Nevada Division of State Parks, 901 S. Stewart St., 5th Floor, Suite 5005, Carson City, NV 89701-5248; (775) 684-2770; parks.nv.gov
Local Contacts
USGS Marlette Lake and Glenbrook
Local Maps