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Marlette Creek Trail

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Length

4.3 Miles 6.9 Kilometers


Singletrack

Elevation

193' 59 m

Ascent

-1,879' -573 m

Descent

9%

Avg Grade (5°)

32%

Max Grade (18°)

8,341' 2,542 m

High

6,476' 1,974 m

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An epic descent to Chimney Beach on Lake Tahoe.

Paul Rogers

Overview

There is a hiking trail that crosses over the route at the very beginning that is off-limits to bikes, and it is a bit confusing at the beginning. Just remember that the Marlette Creek Trail starts out on a steep fireroad climb and NOT on singletrack and you are good to go...

Description

This trail starts on a steep climb on a fire road right below the kiosk at the top of the North Canyon Road climb from Spooner Lake to Marlette Lake. It climbs for a very short 0.4 miles; then as you crest the climb, the singletrack starts on your right (look for signage).

The trail is narrow, fast, and very flowy with berms, kickers, and big granite rollers. It tunnels and slaloms through ponderosa, jeffrey, and lodgepoles pines at a blurring pace. Toward the bottom, it opens up a bit, and the trail gets loose and sandy especially during the summer months. At the bottom, you dump out at Chimney Beach Parking area where you can continue across the road and down to the shore of Lake Tahoe for a dip in the Big Blue.

From Chimney Beach, the only way back is using the road (super sketchy) or climbing back up Marlette Creek trail (which is brutal). So your best bet is to set up a shuttle or, better yet, arrange a shuttle with flumetrailbikes.com. They can scoop you up for a reasonable rate so you don't have to worry about the return trip.

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May 26, 2016
Dave Graybeal
Great downhill off the Flume trail

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This map doesn't show Marlette Creek Trail, which begins at a kiosk off North Canyon Road near Spooner Lake and ends on the southwest side of Marlette Lake. MCT parallels North Canyon Road and is off-limits to bikes at all times. Nov 29, 2015
Just road it today. You're referring to Marlet LAKE Trail. That got me confused too. Marlette CREEK Trail is a multiuse trail, horses discouraged. It starts maybe 20 meters into the Lake Trail; I just hiked my bike to the beginning in case there were horses around. Sep 7, 2016

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