Tahoe Rim Trail: Tahoe Meadows to Tunnel Creek Road / Flume Trail trail photo
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Level: Advanced
Length: 9 mi (14.5 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Network
Elevation: +2,323/ -2,995 ft
Total: 114 riders

Mountain Biking Tahoe Rim Trail: Tahoe Meadows to Tunnel Creek Road / Flume Trail

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This section of the TRT is open to bike riders on even calendar days only, please be cautious of hikers as this is a popular trail in the area. Having said that, this is one of my favorite trails in the entire Tahoe region with several options for finishing the ride from the intersection with Tunnel Cr rd. The Traihead at Tahoe Meadows starts at ë8750 and slowly climbs to right about ë9000 in the first mile and a half. From this point the trail has very few climbs as it winds in and out of valleys and over ridges. Some technical areas, some rock steps thrown here and there an a few switchbacks scattered throughout the next 7 miles, a fairly fast and challenging trail even for experienced riders. Bring a camera, plenty of water, a bag lunch and take your time, find a big rock to sit and enjoy the view. The trail cris-crosses the crest of the Carson Range giving you spectacular views of Lake Tahoe one minute and then Washoe Valley and Carson City around the next corner. At 9 miles you come to the intersection with Tunnel Cr rd which is clearly marked, from here there are several options to get back to your car at Spooner lk. Continuing on the TRT south involves climbing ë700 then dropping down ë800 to Marlette Lk, take the Flume Trail north back to Tunnel Cr rd or the FS road south back to Spooner. By turning right at the intersection of Tunnel Cr rd will take you past the north end of the Flume trail (another option back to Spooner) as it drops a white knuckle ë1800 in three miles back to highway 28 and the east shore of Lk Tahoe. The shuttle will pick you up at this point and give you a lift back to Spooner at pre determined times. The free map from the shuttle company is detailed enough to help one decide which route to take on the return.

First added by AK_Dan on Dec 29, 2005. Last updated May 1, 2020. → add an update
Before you go
  • Drinking water: unknown
  • Lift service: unknown
  • Night riding: unknown
  • Pump track: unknown
  • Restrooms: unknown
  • Fat bike grooming: unknown
  • E-bikes allowed: unknown
  • Fee required: unknown
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Getting there
Trailhead is one mile south of the summit on Mt. Rose highway (431) accessed from 395 in Reno or 28 in Incline Village (Tahoe). One popular option is to park at the Spooner Lk park on highway 28 just north of 50 and catch the shuttle that departs a few times every morning, 775-749-5349 for more info.

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