"Brilliant singletrack, spectacular views, and commercial shuttles make this the most popular bike route along the Tahoe Rim Trail (TRT). Riding here is nearly a social event. To limit congestion and keep other trail users happy, bike this segment of the TRT on even-numbered days only. Ride through thin alpine forests and maneuver around granite boulders on hard-packed trail with some serious sandy sections. The views move back and forth between the verdant Tahoe Basin on the west and the contrasting Washoe Valley to the east. The overall grade to Tunnel Creek Road is undulating and gradual, strewn with rocky step-ups and drops.
After crossing Tunnel Creek Road, the climb is unrelenting to the high point near the Marlette Overlook. From there, it is mostly downhill or level until the end. While the Flume Trail is one of the flattest trails in Tahoe, it is narrow, with some serious drop-offs. The Tunnel Creek Road is steep, wide, and sandy—a good reason not to start from this end. For a more moderate journey, ride from Tahoe Meadows directly to the Flume Trail and end up at Spooner Lake."