Tunnel Creek to Spooner via Tahoe Rim Trail

based on 267 tracks & routes #9 hike out of 279 in
16.9 mi
9 hrs 2 min
2,662 ft
Elev Gain


This is a difficult one way trail in Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit.

This trail goes by Marlette Peak Campground, Marlette Lake Vista Point, Herlan Peak aka Christopher's Loop, and Twin Lakes.

Getting Started

The trail offers great views of Lake Tahoe, Marlette Lake (from Snow Valley Peak), Sand Harbor (from Christopher's Loop). If going from Spooner, follow the Tahoe Rim Trail signs a single track trail meandering along until Tunnel Creek.

Fee Parking
Spooner Summit

Reminder: Bikes are PROHIBITED in Mount Rose Wilderness, on Christopher's Loop (Herlan Peak) & from Hobart Road to Spooner Summit. There is an even-day only bike advisory between Tahoe Meadows and Tunnel Creek Road.

Great trail for hiking, biking & equestrian (Note Bike Restrictions).

Limited Water Resources (Spooner Lake, Marlette Lake, Twin Lakes (Seasonal) & Ophir Creek

Tahoe Rim Trail Section Map - https://tahoerimtrail.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/MapBroch_MtR-TM_to_SS_20_color.pdf

Taking Children

This is a long trail with several climbs.

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