There are two well maintained trails from Spooner Lake that lead to Marlette Lake. One of the trails is for mountain bikes and the other is reserved for hiking. Today Toni, my wife, and I choose the bike trail. We parked at the old Ponderosa Ranch where we caught a shuttle that took us and our bikes to the Spooner Lake parking lot. There is a $10.00 fee for the shuttle ride.
The trail up to the lake is about a five mile climb that continued to get steeper the further we went. You can either tough it out and ride or there are several spots to stop along the way to picnic or just enjoy the view.
Once you get to the top, there is about a quarter mile downhill to get your breath back. After arriving at the lake it’s easy to forget about the climb it took to get there.
We continued on the flume trail and rode along the edge of the lake.
This part of the trail has some areas that can be somewhat technical. The trail has areas that drop off along one side several hundred feet and straight up on the other side. There are incredible views of Lake Tahoe, but it’s hard to take your eyes off the trail and not feel like your going to fall over the side.
After a little over two hours, the trail ended back at the Ponderosa Ranch where we had left our truck. This was a fun ride and I could have made a full day of it. There are several spots to walk your bike and take in the view. There is fishing at Marlette Lake and it looked like a a good place to swim.
Below are links to the first seven parts of 10 Lakes Near Tahoe:
If you have been to Marlette lake or have ridden the Flume Trail please give us your comments below.