Lake Tahoe State Park/Spooner Lake

Lake Tahoe State Park/Spooner Lake

Highway 28
Lake Tahoe, Nevada
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Local Phone: (775) 831-0494

The easy and well-maintained Spooner Lake Trail offers pleasant views of the lake and its waterfowl, evergreens, wildflowers, and in the fall, blazing red aspen groves. Routes to Marlette lake and the Flume Trail can also be accessed. From South Lake Tahoe, it's about a 25-30 minute drive to Spooner Lake.

Distance: 2.1 miles roundtrip
Elevation: 7,150'
Difficulty: Beginner
Getting there: From Carson City, head south on U.S. 395 to U.S. 50 West. Head north on State Route 28 to the Spooner Lake parking area.
Getting There:
Junction of State Route 28 and U.S. 50

This is a popular bike ride, so for your dogs safety it is best to keep them on a leash. Please remember to clean up after your dogs.

Dog playing in water
Clover playing in Fallen Leaf Lake. Premshiree-Pillai (CC)
Most hikes around Lake Tahoe—and there are hundreds—can be enjoyed with your best friend. But if your goal is to bask in fall color, better get a move on.  The aspens and other color-makers at higher elevations have already peaked, but you’ll still find some golden glow around the lakeshore. Go to for leaf-peeper updates—and, as always, check weather reports before rounding up your pup and heading into the high country. Be prepared for snow, because at this time of year, you never know! more »
Dog hiking through deep snow
Sometimes you just want to walk the dog, not make a big, equipment-heavy production of it. At Tahoe, warm boots should suffice on most winter days if you stay around lake level, where snow comes and goes throughout the season. more »
dog in snow at Lake Tahoe
Weather and snow conditions will have a big impact on where you can walk or hike in winter, but snow boots should suffice on most days if you stay around lake level and inquire locally about what is and isn’t accessible. Even a little bit of snow and ice can cause a stumble. more »
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