A great family hike! Spooner Lake Hike

Spooner Lake MapSpooner Lake hike is definitely a great hike for the family.  It’s quite a simple and peaceful hike.  One nice perk about the trail is that it is closed to mountain bikes so you don’t need to worry about keeping your head on a swivel.  The trail loops around the lake with a distance of 2.1 miles, is flat and easy living at an elevation of 7000 feet above sea level.  To get there you can park in two different areas.  The first one is the Spooner Lake parking lot, which costs $6 and is located off Highway 50 from the south shore, going north on Highway 28 and on the right.  The second one is free, where I usually park and is off Highway 50 near Spooner summit.

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This hike is another one I always take my dog Jillian on with me.  There really is nothing spectacular to see on the trail, but it’s just peaceful and nice for the family or dog.  Jillian likes to run a little bit on the beach.  As you loop the lake, you will see an abundance of wildflowers along with groups of Aspens.  The trail isn’t too crowded right now in the spring because it’s a little early before the crowds start packing the trail in the summer.  So now is a great time to make a trip there!  Below are some pictures from our latest visit to the lake.

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Jillian on the beach

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Emily, Jillian and I on the trail

You can not only access Spooner Lake, but also the Spooner Backcountry.  This consists of Spooner Lake, Marlette Lake, the famous Flume Trail and the Tahoe Rim Trail.  Marlette Lake is a beautiful lake that I will post about in a future post.  It can be accessed from Spooner using the North Canyon Road.  The road is a dirt road that restricts access to motor vehicles, but does allow mountain bikes.  The Flume Trail is an amazing bike trail famous for its views of Lake Tahoe and its thin trail with a side cliff.  I’ve talked about the Tahoe Rim Trail in one of my previous posts, The Ultimate Trail in Tahoe.

Spooner Lake also allows for fishing.  With such easy access it makes sense to throw your rod in the car and drive up there for a few hours.  In the summer you will see fly fisherman all around the lake.

One suggestion, if you’re going to the Spooner summit parking lot in the summer get there early because the lot fills up pretty quickly.  Definitely, get out to Spooner Lake with the family or dog.  One other note, there potentially are leeches in the water so you may not want to go swimming.  Also, if you feel up for a nice outside, flat trail run pack up your trail running shoes and loop the 2.1 miles.  If you think you might get out to Spooner this spring or summer, leave a comment below!  Also, follow me on twitter @sberei!

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  1. Pingback: Who said there aren’t any great lakes on the east shore? | Lake Tahoe All Access

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