Spooner Lake

Carson City, Nevada 89705

Spooner Lake

Spooner Lake Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"Embark from the Tahoe Rim Trail’s Spooner Summit Trailhead to
descend through an aspen grove on the way to the lake loop. If you’re in a contemplative mood or hanker to watch birds, benches are well placed around the lake to accommodate you."

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Top Trails Lake Tahoe (Wilderness Press)
Mike White
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"Spooner Lake was created in the 1850s for use as a millpond when a timber company constructed a dam across Spooner Creek. The dam was rebuilt in 1929 for irrigation purposes. Nowadays, within Lake Tahoe Nevada State Park, recreation has replaced logging and irrigation as the principal activity around Spooner Lake, with hikers, naturalists, picnickers, and anglers flocking to the pleasant surroundings. A nearly level, 1.6-mile path encircles the lake, providing an easy hike complete with interpretive displays, park benches, and superb scenery. The trail passes through diverse plant communities, including Jeffrey pine forest, aspen groves, flower-filled meadows, and sagebrush scrub. The area is also home to a wide range of wildlife." Read more
Best Hikes Near Reno and Lake Tahoe (Falcon Guides)
Tracy Salcedo-Chourre
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"This splendid day hike circumnavigates the forested shoreline of Spooner Lake, once a water source for miners working the Comstock Lode near Virginia City." Read more
Afoot & Afield: Tahoe-Reno: 201 Spectacular Outings in the Lake Tahoe Region (Wilderness Press)
Mike White
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"Spooner Lake was created in the 1850s for use as a millpond when a timber company constructed a dam across Spooner Creek. The dam was rebuilt in 1929 for rrigation purposes. Nowadays, within Lake Tahoe Nevada State Park, recreation has replaced logging and irrigation as the principal use around Spooner Lake, with hikers, naturalists, picnickers, and anglers flocking to the pleasant surroundings. A nearly level, 1.6-mile path encircles the lake, providing an easy hike complete with interpretive displays, park benches, and superb scenery. The trail passes through diverse plant communities, including Jeffrey pine forest, aspen groves, flower-filled meadows, and sagebrush scrub. The area is also home to a wide range of wildlife." Read more

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Very easy trail. Great for the family. I took my 10 yr old boy and it took us about 1 1/2 hrs.
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Trail Information

Carson City
Nearby City
Dog-friendly, Kid-friendly, Stroller/Wheelchair Accessible
Accessibility
3.4
Distance
Loop/Lollipop
Trail Type
Easy to Moderate
Skill Level
1–1.5 hours
Duration
Year-round; $10 entrance fee April 15–October $15, $7 otherwise
Season
7,172 feet
Trailhead Elevation
feet
Top Elevation
Lake Tahoe Nevada State Park, 775-831-0494, parks.nv.gov/parks /marlette-hobart-backcountry
Local Contacts
Tahoe Rim Trail (Tom Harrison Maps)
Local Maps

Activity Feed

Dec 2018