Northeast of South Lake Tahoe, the Flume Trail is a 26 mile mountain bike ride with 1,200 feet of vertical. The route follow an old flume carved into the granite hillside with a 1,500 vertical drop on one side.
The mountain bike ride starts in the Lake Tahoe Nevada State Park at the Spooner Lake Day Use Area. Look for trail signs on North Canyon Road. Initially the route follow old roads on the way to the start of the Flume Trail itself just past Marlette Lake. From the Spooner Lake area, it runs past an old shepards hut and then begins rolling to uphill terrain past aspen forests. Just past Snow Valley, the steep climbing begins as you climb from 7,000 to 8,157. Next, there is a short descent to Marlette Lake and then 1.5 miles of riding along the shores.
The Flume Trail actually starts mid-way along the western lake shore. It is practically flat, descending only 40 per mile. At the end of the trail (4.5 miles), there is a side trail that drops 1,500 down to SR28.
Spooner Lake is located on US50 about 12 miles west of Carson City or 15 miles north of South Lake Tahoe.