Flume Trail is a hiking and biking trail in Incline Village-Crystal Bay, Nevada. It is within Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit and Lake Tahoe Nevada State Park Spooner Backcountry. It is 4.3 miles long and begins at 7,747 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 8.6 miles with a total elevation gain of 1,281 feet.
Flume Trail Professional Reviews and Guides
"The Flume Trail is one of the West’s most renowned mountain bike trails, with great views of Lake Tahoe and an easy, graded section of single-track trail combining for Tahoe’s ultimate fat-tire excursion. While a stiff climb makes up the first five miles, once the incredible views begin, the effort is quickly forgotten for the remainder of the downhill romp. All this grandeur does have one drawback-the trail can be quite crowded on sunny summer weekends. Hikers are allowed to use the trail, but they must stay alert for mountain bikers at all times. Horses are not permitted on the Flume Trail."
--Mike White, Afoot & Afield: Tahoe-Reno: 201 Spectacular Outings in the Lake Tahoe Region (Wilderness Press).
"The Flume Trail is one of the West’s most renowned mountain biking trails, with great views of Lake Tahoe and an easy graded section of single-track trail combining for Tahoe’s ultimate fat-tire excursion. While a stiff climb makes up the first 5 miles, once the incredible views begin the effort is quickly forgotten for the remainder of the downhill romp. All this grandeur does have one drawback—the trail can be quite crowded on sunny summer weekends."
--Mike White, Top Trails Lake Tahoe (Wilderness Press).
"Welcome to the most photographed trail in Tahoe—the Flume Trail. With commercial shuttle service, there are several ways to explore this area. This loop connects the famed ride overlooking Lake Tahoe with the lesser traveled Red House Flume Trail overlooking Carson City. Following abandoned flumes built to convey water from Marlette Lake, the trails are nearly flat. The challenge is getting to them. Spooner Lake is the most popular starting point and entails a 4.0-mile climb up North Canyon on a well-graded dirt road that will seem 2 miles too long. The payoff is just beyond Marlette Lake on the 4.4-mile Flume Trail—a narrow trail hugging the cliffs above Lake Tahoe’s Sand Harbor. Riders with vertigo may want to skip this ride; for a moderate ride, head down Tunnel Creek Road for a shuttle back to Spooner Lake. Otherwise continue on the full and more peaceful loop. Sandy downhill sections, a dicey stream crossing, and the long climb up Hobart Road are compensated in early summer with a brilliant display of mule’s ears wildflowers. In fall, vibrant stands of aspen offer their own rewards."
--Lorene Jackson, Mountain Biking Lake Tahoe (Falcon Guides).
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