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Marlette Lake Direct

Awesome views of Lake Tahoe and Marlette Lake, and only 5 miles round trip.
Rating: 4 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Strenuous
Length: 5.2 miles
Duration: Half day
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Overview :  The name of this hike says it all: "direct". It is a moderately steep uphill climb from the lake level up to Marlette Lake, with views... more »

Tips:  Directions -- Take Route 28 south out of Incline Village for 5 miles to the parking area just across the road from the Chimney Beach... more »

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Points of Interest

1. Trailhead

Find the old logging road that starts from the south side of the parking lot.

2. Lake Tahoe View

The first third of the hike is along this old logging road/path and varies from moderate to occasionally slightly steep. Excellent track and great views of Lake Tahoe.

3. Fork Left

There is fork in the trail -- about three quarters of the way up. You have to take the left fork (see photo), which is often blocked off by a log. From the fork to the dam, the track is on-and-off rather faint, so be attentive.

[The right fork provides an alternative (but a bit lengthy and not mapped here) opportunity to first loop to the south ... More

4. Dam

Just below the dam you'll briefly join the famous Flume Trail (very popular with mountain bikers) as it departs from Marlette Lake.

5. Marlette Lake

Marlette Lake is one of two natural lakes (the other is Incline Lake near the Tahoe Meadows) that were deepened via small dams in the late 1800s to increase their depth. Their water was them run along flumes to Tunnel Creek to send timber through the Carson Range to the Carson Valley and ultimately used to shore up the silver mines at Virginia... More

6. Return

On your return you'll need to be careful to get back on your track just below the dam. Keep looking left (see photo) until you find the hundred feet or so of trail ascent.