Flume Trail For Mountain Biking

The 4th most popular mountain bike trail in Nevada.

  Tahoe, Nevada, US


  May 15, 2018

Southeast of Truckee, the Flume Trail is one of the most popular mountain bike trails in the Lake Tahoe area. This epic mountain biking route is on most riders bucket list for its spectacular vistas along traverse across steep side country above Lake Tahoe. Most bikers start with a shuttle up to Spooner Lake at around 7,000 feet and follow the 14 mile route north down to Incline Village at 6,400 feet. The Flume Trail ride starts with a 4 mile climb thru aspen forest on a forest service road which climbs 1,157 feet to Marlette Saddle at 8,157 feet. From the lodge pole pines up at the saddle, there is a short descent to scenic Marlette Lake where you’ll cruise the western shoreline to the dam, which is the start of the singletrack. The Flume Trail follows an old waterway carved into the granite hillside for 4.5 miles while barely descending about 40 feet per mile. The flume itself traverses the steep mountain side and offers amazing views of the lake about 1,600 feet below. At the end of the proper flume, the route descents another 1,500 feet over 3 miles into Incline Village. Overall, there is 1,157 feet of climbing and 1,800 feet of descent. There are houly weekend shuttles in the summer from Incline Village up to Spooner Lake.

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 where you find the trailhead. Spooner Lake is located on US50 about 12 miles west of Carson City or 15 miles north of South Lake Tahoe.

In addition to the Flume Trail, the well known Tahoe Rim Trail passes through the area. Actually, one of the most popular sections of the Tahoe Rim Trail parallels the Flume Trail. It is possible to get a shuttle from Incline Village to the Sierra Meadows trailhead and ride the Tahoe Rim Trail south to pickup the start of the Flume trail and then ride back down to Incline Village for a full day adventure.

Overall, Flume Trail is the 4th most popular mountain bike trail of all 14 mountain biking rides in Nevada. Several of the better mountain bike trails are nearby Flume Trail including Coldstream Canyon Trail, Tahoe Rim Trail, Sierra Canyon Trail, Verdi Peak Trail, Genoa Peak and Ellis Peak / Ellis Lake.

Local Contacts:  Spooner Lake Park (702) 831-0494; Flume Trail Bikes shuttle, Incline Village (775) 298-2501; Over The Edge Sports shuttle, South Lake Tahoe (530) 600-3633.

Best Season:  May - Oct.

Average Difficulty:  Moderate

Breakfast Restaurant:  Tunnel Creek Cafe

Reference Source:  click here http://parks.nv.gov/parks/lake-tahoe-nevada-state-park-1

GPS:  39.10781, -119.91455

Date Published:  12/29/2015

Date Updated:  5/15/2018

ID:  6250

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