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Pets allowed
Yes
Elevation Gain
?
Trail type
Loop
Distance
2.70 mi (4.35 km)
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Sitting at 7,150 feet, Spooner Lake is a manmade lake on the Nevada side of Lake Tahoe. Spooner Lake as well as much as the backcountry surrounding it lie within Lake Tahoe Nevada State Park. Using downstream flow from nearby Marlette Lake, Spooner Lake was created as a means of redirecting water to chutes transporting logs from Spooner Summit to mills in Carson City. These logs were used to support the walls of the ambitious silver mining operations in what is now Virginia City.

The 2.5-mile loop around the lake may be better presented as a nature walk. Many informational signs dot the path, and there is an abundance of waterfowl and wildflowers in the springtime. In the fall, watch out for falling pinecones from the copious lodgepole pines. From the main parking lot, simply follow signs for Spooner Lake. Once you reach the lake, the trail will be fairly self-explanatory. Make your way around the lake, taking breaks to enjoy the flora and fauna along the waters edge. Don't expect much elevation change, as this hike is almost entirely flat.

Once you return to the parking area, check out some of the informational plaques near the picnic area. If you wish to continue your adventures, the entrance fee to Spooner Lake can be applied to the Sand Harbor Park entrance fee, lowering the $12 entrance to only $2.

 

Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)

Winter
Spring
Summer
Fall

Congestion

Moderate

Parking Pass

General Day Use Fee

Pros

Easy, lakeside hike. Educational.

Cons

Expensive entry.

Trailhead Elevation

7,187.00 ft (2,190.60 m)

Net Elevation Gain

200.00 ft (60.96 m)

Address

Spooner Lake Trail
Carson City, NV 89703
United States

Features

Bird watching
Wildlife
Wildflowers
Fishing

Suitable for

Biking
Horseback

Location

Field Guide + Map

Nearby Adventures

Reno + East Lake Tahoe Area, Nevada
Reno + East Lake Tahoe Area, Nevada

Nearby Lodging + Camping

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