(Click on photo for a panorama of Marlette Lake)

A steep hike with M. and J. from Lake Tahoe (Chimney Beach trailhead on Nevada Hwy 28) to Marlette Lake. This is a less-traveled route to Marlette Lake, an alternative to the popular hiking/biking road from Spooner Lake. Although this was before the major wildfires in California started from lightning storms on June 20, it was a smoky day from smaller fires. So the Lake Tahoe views weren’t as spectacular as usual.

This route is from Mike White’s book, Afoot & Afield Reno-Tahoe: A Comprehensive Hiking Guide (trip 10, p. 210). There’s a not-so-obvious fork at UTM 11S 4339148N 0248382E (WGS84) where you leave the main trail and follow a mostly abandoned and partly overgrown trail (left fork going up) that goes over the ridge to the Marlette Lake dam, meeting up with the southern end of the Tahoe Flume Trail. Parts of this trail are rough, but it’s a nice area.

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Track and Profile


7.00 mi (3.15 mi uphill, 2.99 mi downhill, 0.76 mi flat)
1600 ft total ascent – 15.0 % uphill grade, 15.3 % downhill grade
4:58:10 total time (3:51:20 moving, 1:06:50 stopped)
0:33:01 pace (1.8 mph average speed, 8.5 mph max speed)
16.2 difficulty, 28.7 effort