Incline Creek

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Incline Creek
Rivulet beginnings of Incline Creek just above Tahoe Rim Trail with Jessica's stickseed (blue flowers) June 2014.jpg
Rivulet near the source of Incline Creek just above Tahoe Rim Trail east of Highway 431 with Jessica's stickseed (Hackelia micrantha) blue flowers.
Incline Creek is located in Nevada
Incline Creek
Native namema' goiyatwO'tha (Washo)[2]
CountryUnited States
RegionWashoe County
Physical characteristics
 • locationCarson Range, Sierra Nevada in western Nevada, United States
 • coordinates39°17′24″N 119°54′09″W / 39.29000°N 119.90250°W / 39.29000; -119.90250[1]
 • elevation8,904 ft (2,714 m)[3]
MouthWashoe Lake
 • coordinates
39°14′19″N 119°56′51″W / 39.23861°N 119.94750°W / 39.23861; -119.94750Coordinates: 39°14′19″N 119°56′51″W / 39.23861°N 119.94750°W / 39.23861; -119.94750[1]
 • elevation
6,234 ft (1,900 m)[1]

Incline Creek is a 5.2-mile (8.4 km) southward-flowing stream originating in the Carson Range, Sierra Nevada in the northeast Lake Tahoe Basin in Washoe County in western Nevada. Incline Creek flows through the Diamond Peak Ski Area on the way to Incline Village where it empties into Lake Tahoe.


Incline Creek, like Incline Village, is named for the inclined railroad built by H. Sam Marlette and Walter Scott Hobart. This railroad hauled the cut lumber from their lumber mill on Mill Creek, and Lake Tahoe, Tahoe. The Incline Railroad dated back to 1875, and carried the lumber up to a wooden flume that floated the lumber east, down the flume, for transport on the V+T Railroad. The cut lumber was used in Virginia City and Carson City mines, and for home and commercial construction.[2]

Watershed and course[edit]

Incline Creek is part of the Lake Tahoe/Truckee River watershed. Like Third Creek, it deposits heavy sediment loads into Lake Tahoe.[4]


The Folsom Camp Loop is a relatively easy 6.2 miles (10.0 km) trail that begins at Diamond Peak Resort and ascends along Incline Creek to historic Folsom Camp before returning on the other side of the creek. The historic camp is named for lumberman Gilman Folsom, who with Sam Marlette, employed 400 Chinese laborers cutting timber for use in Virginia City.[5]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c "Incline Creek". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey, United States Department of the Interior.
  2. ^ a b Barbara Lekisch (1988). Tahoe Place Names: The Origin and History of Names in the Lake Tahoe Basin. Great West Books. p. 65. ISBN 9780944220016. Retrieved 2014-07-28.
  3. ^ U.S. Geological Survey. National Hydrography Dataset high-resolution flowline data. The National Map Archived 2012-03-29 at the Wayback Machine, accessed July 28, 2014
  4. ^ Jim Haen, Mitchell Swanson, Toby Hanes, Matt Kiesse, Julie Etra, Sue Fox (1999-12-21). Incline Creek and Third Creek Watershed Assessment (PDF) (Report). Retrieved 2014-07-28.{{cite report}}: CS1 maint: uses authors parameter (link)
  5. ^ Jordan Summers (2013). Five-Star Trails around Lake Tahoe: A Guide to the Most Beautiful Hikes. Menasha Ridge Press. pp. 48–52. ISBN 9780897329590. Retrieved 2014-07-28.