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A longish dayhike to Marlette Peak in the Carson Range overlooking Marlette Lake and Lake Tahoe. Georgeous view at the top. Started at the Lakeview Gate trailhead on Hobart Road in the southern end of Washoe Valley. The route mapped below follows forest roads to Hobart Reservoir and on to the crest junction with the Tahoe Rim Trail, then follows the TRT to the southern flank of Marlette Peak. With this year’s heavy snowpack, patches of snow started at 7900 ft and the TRT is still intermittently covered above about 8200 ft on the sheltered eastern flank of Marlette Peak (July 9, 2011). Took advantage of the snow fields for an over-snow shortcut descent using microspikes.

18.26 mi (8.06 mi uphill, 8.03 mi downhill, 2.12 mi flat)
3580 ft total ascent – 14.2 % uphill grade, 73.9 % downhill grade
8:14:10 total time (7:34:48 moving, 0:39:22 stopped)
0:24:53 pace (2.6p mph average speed)
33.2 difficulty, 63.8 effort

For future reference: The Hobart Reservoir and Marlette Peak backcountry campgrounds have good facilities (picnic tables, fire rings, toilets), including a water well at Marlette Peak campground on the TRT. Most of the fisherman and day-users at Hobart Reservoir appeared to be coming from the Ash Canyon trailhead at 8000 ft, accessible via a 4WD forest road described as “difficult vehicle access” on the Lake Tahoe Nevada State Park map.