The best time to go to Spooner lake on the east side of Lake Tahoe is the first or second week in October when the aspen are turning. This particular time we went it seemed that many trees had already turned and others were just beginning. Just wasn’t as spectacular as we’ve seen in prior years. Had a great time hiking around the lake though. Wish we had brought the dogs. Ben would have done just fine with the short hike a little less than three miles.