The Flume Trail, Incline Village, NV
This great ride begins when Tahoe Elite drops your crew and your bikes off at Spooner Lake day use area in Lake Tahoe Nevada State Park on the east side of Lake Tahoe. We will point out the signs leading you to the Flume Trail—via North Canyon Road—and off you go. This road runs past the old shepherd’s hut, then gives way to rolling uphill terrain through beautiful Aspen groves that thrive in the Carson Range on the east side of Lake Tahoe. The half-mile of climbing past Snow Valley is where you become friendly with that shiny little granny gear on your mountain bike. You start the ride at 7000′ and climb to 8157′, giving you 1100′ to climb, so take your time and savor these ascents as they are the only ones you’ll do all day. At the summit, a quick break under the whispering lodge pole pines quickly dries the sweat and refreshes the soul. Next, a short descent leads to the peaceful, pristine Marlette Lake. Cool off by taking a dip in the lake! In the fall, the colors at Marlette Lake are a sight to behold. A mile and a half of riding on the dirt road along the shore of this beautiful lake leads to the incredible Flume Trail.
The Flume Trail is nearly flat, dropping only 40′ per mile, and is spectacular in its setting. 1600′ above the east shore of Lake Tahoe, and only a half-mile away from the shoreline in places, it is truly one of the premier trails in the world. Stop often and enjoy the view. Take something to eat and drink for an unforgettable picnic. At the end of the Flume Trail, there is a 3 mile, 1500′ descent down to Highway 28.
The Flume Trail is a moderately difficult ride at 7000′ to 8000′ feet in elevation with over a 1000′ of climbing and 4.5 miles of single track. The Flume Trail, itself, traverses above several steep sections, so those afraid of heights be forewarned.
Tahoe Elite will pick you up in the parking lot of the Tunnel Creek Cafe, a great little spot to grab a post-ride sandwich and a chilled beer.