This hidden gem is a great way to beat the crowds surrounding Lake Tahoe. Hike or bike your way around this small but, peaceful and beautiful loop.

The Spooner Lake Loop is perfect for any ages since there is basically no elevation gain and many benches along the trail to rest. The trail offers many educational signs describing the history, and flora and fauna of the area. This man made lake is perfect for the kids and pup. They will love this casual walk and the cool lake water on a hot summer day. There are plenty of wildflowers during the late spring and beautiful golden aspen trees during the fall. Snow can cover the trail during winter since it sits at 7000 feet, but its usually not enough to stop you from hiking with some snow shoes.

During the summer the entire area around Lake Tahoe can be very busy with visitors, but Spooner Lake is usually over looked by the crowds. Escape the crowds with the family in summer and enjoy the lake all to yourself during winter. Spooner Lake is also great for fishing, and fly fisherman dot the shore line all summer. The daily limit is 5.

From South Lake Tahoe head out of town on Hwy 50, as Hwy 50 turns east, you will see Hwy 28. Turn left/north on Hwy 28 and you will see the Spooner Lake parking lot on your right. The lake has a 10 dollar day use fee from April-October. It is only 7 dollars during the off season. Its only 2 dollars if you enter with a bike. Once you park, head towards the clearly marked paved trails towards the lake. The dirt trail loop will intersect the paved trail. There are also plenty of picnic tables near the parking lot to enjoy the area.

Pack List

  • Hiking Shoes
  • Camera
  • Mountain Bike
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RT Distance 2.2 Miles
Elevation Gain 150 Feet
Activities Hiking
Skill Level Beginner
Season Year Round
Trail Type Loop
Features
Bathrooms
Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Forest
Lake
Picnic Area
Scenic
Wildflowers
Wildlife

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