The Flume - TRT Ride

Incline Village, Nevada 89451

The Flume - TRT Ride

The Flume - TRT Ride Professional Review and Guide

"Arguably the best mountain bike route in the west, the Flume Trail has been featured on postcards and in a gazillion bicycle publications. But, this ride’s popularity almost contradicts the claim. During the summer, this loop is likened to a crowded freeway. But in early May or late October-November, when the hordes of vacationing crowds have left town, it’s easy to understand why the Flume–TRT Ride is a strong contender for the title.

This 22-mile ride has a lot to offer. Like gorgeous sweeping views of Lake Tahoe. Peaceful lakes where bald eagles soar from tree to tree. Thrilling single-track that clings precariously to a steep, exposed slope, bordered by deep drop-offs. Heart-pounding climbs through forests of aspens and conifers. Boulder fields and switchbacks. The terrain is well-suited for intermediate-level riders. If you have a hankering for an all-day outing that’s exhilarating for the body and soul, this is the ride for you."

The Flume - TRT Ride Reviews

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Awesome trail. Only $6 parking fee to ride the Flume. Initial climb to 8200 ft provides a challenge due to lack of oxygen. Lake Marlette & Lake Tahoe views are amazing. Mosquitos are violent up there & sand makes parts of the trail more difficult. Do NOT forget your camera & mosquito repellent.
I thouroughly enjoyed this ride completing it in quick time due to time constraints. The ride up to the flume trail from the bike shop at Spooner lake was a nice steady climb at altitude and I consumed one of my water bottles for this one hour uphill stretch. I completed this ride alone and although my family was concerned there were plenty of other riders about on the sunny and warm day. The flume trail was not as busy as I expected but I did have to slam on my brakes on one corner due to oncomming riders. I found the dry dusty trail a little slow under tread and loose and sketchy on the steeper down hill section back to the pick up point near lake Tahoe. The bike I hired was well maintained and performed very well. I recommend this trail for any overseas riders who are hiring a bike and have limited time. The views were outstanding. Adrian Wale Australia
What a ride! This is a great trail and gave us views for miles. There are a lot of options from the flume trail between Mt. Rose and Spooner lake. If you are in Tahoe with your Mt. bike you should hit this with your camera and some food, take some time to soak in the views!!! Happy trails!
I really think that the guide books (all of them) over rate the technical difficulty of this trail. My wife and I rode it on our no suspension Santana tandem without much difficulty. We had to walk our bike for about a quarter mile. Neither of us are expert mountain bikers. I can comfortably ride intermediate single track on my full suspension Trek. We came close to deciding not to ride the Flume because of the guide book descriptions of it. We found it to be a very enjoyable fairly easy.
Sublime. Can't wait to do it in the fall--amazing aspen groves at Marlette Lake. My preference is to start at Mt. Rose highway, take TRT past Tunnel Creek and the Marlette Peak campground, then drop into Marlette Lake. From there, hit the Flume, and descend Tunnel Creak to Hidden Beach (or Ponderosa). Leave a car there (or be a stud and ride up Mt. Rose Hwy back to the TRT--which I am not).

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Trail Information

Incline Village
Nearby City
2,260 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Technical Difficulty
Physical Difficulty
Late spring to mid-autumn
6,940 feet
Trailhead Elevation
8,800 feet
Top Elevation
Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit, US Forest Service, 916-573-2600
Local Contacts
Recreation Map of Lake Tahoe; USGS Marlette Lake and Glenbrook
Local Maps

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Jul 2018