Marlette Lake

Carson City, Nevada 89705

Marlette Lake

Marlette Lake Professional Guide

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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."

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"Take the trail to Marlette Lake when the aspens turn in the autumn. Gorgeous stands of the golden-leaved trees light up a good stretch at the start of this long, easy trek, begging for pictures and enticing hikers to linger. Marlette Lake, as blue as Tahoe, sits in a wooded bowl that is a delight at any time of year." Read more

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Trail Information

Carson City
Nearby City
Trail Type
Skill Level
4–6 hours
Year-round; $10 entrance fee April 15–October $15, $7 otherwise
7,051 feet
Trailhead Elevation
8,100 feet
Top Elevation
Lake Tahoe Nevada State Park, 775-831-0494, /marlette-hobart-backcountry
Local Contacts
Tahoe Rim Trail (Tom Harrison Maps)
Local Maps

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Dec 2018