Marlette Lake

Carson City, Nevada 89705

Marlette Lake

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"The trip to Marlette Lake via the North Canyon Road is still a favorite with mountain bikers. (If you’re interested in mountain biking, see Trail 46: Flume Trail as well.) After completion of the Marlette Lake Trail in 2006, which roughly parallels the road, hikers and equestrians now have their very own route to follow. The 4.5-mile journey starts at one artificial lake, Spooner, and ends at another, Marlette. In between, the trail passes through mixed forest up North Canyon, before a short descent leads to the scenic lakeshore. Once there, hikers, bikers, and equestrians with extra time and energy have additional opportunities to reach fine Lake Tahoe views, colorful wildflower displays, and extensive stands of aspens."

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Hiking Nevada: A Guide to the State's Greatest Adventures (Falcon Guides)
Bruce Grubbs
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"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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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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Carson City
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5 hours
Spooner Lake Management Area
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