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Flume Trail Ride Description
We drop you off for this great ride at the trailhead in the Spooner Lake day use area in the Lake Tahoe Nevada State Park on the east side of Lake Tahoe.We will direct you to signs leading you to the Flume Trail from this parking area via the North Canyon Road. This road runs past the old shepherd's hut, then gives way to rolling uphill terrain through beautiful aspen groves that thrive in the Carson Range on the east side of Lake Tahoe.
The half mile of climbing past Snow Valley is where you become friendly with that shiny little granny gear on your mountain bike. You start the ride at 7000' and climb to 8157' giving you only 1100' to climb so take your time and savor these ascents as they are the only ones you'll do all day. We know you want the full Tahoe mountain bike experience. Have patience and you will be at Marlette Saddle before you know it. Know that you do not have to climb those ugly switchbacks that cross the face of Snow Valley Peak
At the summit, a quick break under the whispering lodge pole pines quickly dries the sweat and refreshes the soul.
Next a short descent leads to the peaceful, pristine Marlette Lake. In the fall the colors at Marlette Lake are a site to behold. A mile and a half of riding on the dirt road along the shore of this beautiful lake leads to the incredible Flume Trail.
The Flume Trail is nearly flat, dropping only 40' per mile and is spectacular in its setting. 1600' above the east shore of Lake Tahoe and only a half mile away from the shoreline in places, it is truly one of the the premier trails in the world. Stop often and enjoy the view. Take something to eat and drink for an unforgettable picnic.
At the end of the Flume Trail, there is a 3 mile, 1500' descent down to where you car is parked at The Flume Trail Bike shop and our Tunnel Creek Cafe.
The Flume Trail Mountain Bike Ride is a moderately difficult one way 14 mile ride at 7000' to 8000' feet in elevation with over a 1000' of climbing in the first four miles and 4.5 miles of single track. The Flume Trail itself traverses above several steep sections, so those afraid of heights be forewarned. In this world, most spectacular vistas require traversing steep terrain.
Yes, you want to ride the Flume Trail. What do I have to do and what is it going to cost?
If you need a rental mountain bike.
Drive to Flume Trail Bikes next to Tunnel Creek Cafe in Incline Village, NV.
1115 Tunnel Creek Road (west side of the now closed Ponderosa Ranch theme park)
Rent a bike, get on the next hourly shuttle to Spooner Lake State Park, ride back to your car 14 miles via the Flume Trail to our bikes hop/cafe.
Rental mountain bikes $35 for the day and up, Shuttle $10, $2 to get in the state park.
If you have your own bike and want to ride the one way classic Flume Trail Ride.
Park at our bike shop/cafe. Get on our hourly morning shuttle to Spooner Lake State Park and ride back to you car at the bike shop/cafe.
Shuttle $15 and $2 to get into the park.
Feeling burly and want to do a great loop?
Park at our bike shop/cafe and ride up Tunnel Creek Road to the Flume Trail (3.2 miles up and 1350 of climbing). Traverse across the Flume Trail to Marlette Lake. Then ride around Marlette and up the Hobart road to the Tahoe Rim Trail. Climb up to Marlette Peak and then down to Twin Lakes and continue down the Tunnel Creek road to your car at our shop and cafe.
Free! It will cost you some sweat though!
And there are many more loops to do.
Use a shuttle - no more car shuffle hassles.
Less traffic on Highway 28, a bluer lake, a greener planet, peace, and harmony across the land.
Check out our exceptional selection of high end mountain bike demos.
Are you psyched? Join us.
Call 775-298-2501 or email to reserve your place today on this great ride.
Flume Trail Bikes - Tunnel Creek Cafe
1115 Tunnel Creek Road, Incline Village, Nevada 89451
West side of the former Ponderosa Ranch theme park
Spooner Lake Outdoor Company
Owned and operated under Special Use Permit from the Nevada State Parks
by Max Jones and Patti McMullan
Max is a two time National Mountain Bike Champion
Mountain Bike Hall of Fame Member
Photo Copyright © Larry Prosor Photography