Flume Trail

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AVERAGE RATING
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4.38 out of 5
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Beginner
14
miles

Singletrack
↑ 2,600 ft
↓ 3,300 ft
7,039
elevation (ft)

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Trail Description
About this trail
Follow signs in the parking lot to the trailhead. Start a 1000 ft climb on fireroad then descend to the lake. Take a left around the perimeter of the lake until you come to the Flume trail trailhead. The trail is mostly singletrack with sparse technical sections, but overall an easy ride on the mountain ridge overlooking Spooner Lake. The views are spectacular. At the 10 mile mark, you can connect to the Tahoe Rim Trail to head back to the parking lot or follow the signs to the shuttle bus. The shuttle will take you back to the parking lot for $12.50 or you may opt for a gradual climb of 8 miles on the road back to the park for free.
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Trail Features
Trail features
  • Lift Service
  • Drinking Water
  •   Night Riding
  • Pump Track
  • Restrooms
  • Winter Fat Biking
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Q: Is this trail open/rideable during winter months? -hproctor

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Q: How long does it take to ride? -caronchild

A: About 2 to 3 hrs, depnding how often you stop to admire the views. I am 65 years old, younger riders would be quicker.

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Reviews (27)
 

Granny Gear

March 30, 2017
edmc Granny Gear  
 
Review: Epic. Absolutely a must ride. Challenging uphill to get to the start. Not long but incredibly scenic and technical enough to challenge anyone/everyone. Yet you can easily walk around and avoid the natural obstacles so kids can actually handle it....as long as they can make the climb to get started.

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Gramcounter

October 2, 2016
IPA Gramcounter  
 
Review: Wow, this is a must ride trail in Tahoe. This ride is packed full of awesomeness! It's a non technical ride, but so rewarding!

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Bunny Hop

August 12, 2016
 
Review: Did the shuttle from Spooner Lake via Flume Trail Bikes. (8/1/16) Shuttle was great. You jump right in and climb for about 3 miles. Then it gets really steep for about a half mile and the climbing is done while reaching 8200 ft. This would be very tough for low landers or people that are not very fit. Several people hiked a bike through some of the toughest sections. But it is worth it. Nice downhill to Marlette Lake and then the Flume Trail begins. Flume is indescribable. Views are amazing. Trail is generally not as narrow as it appears to be in youtube videos I previewed. I am not great with heights but did okay all but in a very short narrow section. Two way traffic is a little disconcerting but we went on a Sunday and only passed 5 people. The part with the amazing views is probably 4-6 miles. Very flat. You end the ride with a long downhill back to the bike shop/cafe where the food was good.

https://youtu.be/h4lGK04tA7w

Similar Trail: Nothing

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Granny Gear

October 8, 2015
COBiker960 Granny Gear  
 
Review: Good ride, with amazing views of Lake Tahoe. The first 4 miles from Spooner Lake SP climbs up a fireroad, is fairly easy, and not technical. The next section of ~1-2 miles descends a fireroad to a wide path before the Flume Trail begins. The Flume trail is mostly elevation neutral for the next 5 miles of nice singletrack along the cliffs above Lake Tahoe. The biggest objective hazard is keeping your eyes on the trail and not the lake view. The final descent avoids the exposure of the cliffs.

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Granny Gear

September 16, 2015
KOHatfield Granny Gear  
 
Review: great view of Tahoe good singletrack

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Gramcounter

August 14, 2015
Lee Harris Gramcounter  
 
Review: Great Trail. Read my full review with VIDEO at
http://getsomeadventures.com/ride-the-flume-spectacular-views-mtn-biking-at-lake-tahoe/

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Trailblazer


October 1, 2014
Gawin Trailblazer  
 
Review: This trail is all about the spectacular views. It is a bucket list ride for sure. Decent climb to get to the Flume trail but not bad and well worth it. Some exposure so be careful but not technical.

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Epic


September 30, 2014
 
Review: Awesome trail, breathing views - a real fun ride.

The best way to do it is to drive to the bike hire place at the trail end (put 1115 Tunnel Creek Road into your navigator) and take their shuttle to the trail head.

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Granny Gear

September 4, 2014
 
Review: AMAZING!!!! The views and the smell of the pine combined with great riding...it is heaven!

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Gramcounter

August 26, 2014
dsick1 Gramcounter  
 
Review: Beautiful single track that follows Lake Tahoe. Decent amount of climbing to get to the flume, but worth every bit of effort. This trail is not for those who are afraid of height as it sits about 1000-1500 feet above the valley floor.

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