Marlette Lake

Carson City, Nevada

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Watch for this trail to be one of the first to be clear of snow, rewarding early-season hikers with trailside flowers and spectacular views of two lakes that were once part of the famous flume system that supplied water to Virginia City from the 1870s into the 1900s. Deer, owls, goshawks, Stellar’s jays, flickers, and chickadees are plentiful on this pleasant and conveniently located hike. First, walk around petite Spooner Lake’s north shore to the North Canyon connector trail. Pass Spooner Cabin and Spencer’s Cabin on the way to North Canyon Road, which leads to the Marlette Lake trailhead. While the trail initially gains some elevation, the 1,200-foot climb to the saddle above Marlette Lake is one of the gentlest uphill paths on the east side of the lake. A gentle descent leads to the lake’s southern inlet stream.
Five-Star Trails: Lake Tahoe: 40 Unforgettable Hikes in the Central Sierra Nevada

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Five-Star Trails: Lake Tahoe: 40 Unforgettable Hikes in the Central Sierra Nevada

by Jordan Summers (Menasha Ridge Press)

Watch for this trail to be one of the first to be clear of snow, rewarding early-season hikers with trailside flowers and spectacular views of two lakes that were once part of the famous flume system that supplied water to Virginia City from the 1870s into the 1900s. Deer, owls, goshawks, Stellar’s jays, flickers, and chickadees are plentiful on this pleasant and conveniently located hike.

First, walk around petite Spooner Lake’s north shore to the North Canyon connector trail. Pass Spooner Cabin and Spencer’s Cabin on the way to North Canyon Road, which leads to the Marlette Lake trailhead. While the trail initially gains some elevation, the 1,200-foot climb to the saddle above Marlette Lake is one of the gentlest uphill paths on the east side of the lake. A gentle descent leads to the lake’s southern inlet stream.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Carson City
Distance: 11.6
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 4–6 hours
Season: Year-round; $10 entrance fee April 15–October $15, $7 otherwise
Trailhead Elevation: 7,051 feet
Top Elevation: 8,100 feet
Local Contacts: Lake Tahoe Nevada State Park, 775-831-0494, parks.nv.gov/parks /marlette-hobart-backcountry
Local Maps: Tahoe Rim Trail (Tom Harrison Maps)
Driving Directions: Directions to Marlette Lake

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May 2018