Flume Trail - Trail, Incline Village, California

Flume Trail - Trail, Incline Village, California

DESCRIPTION

Epic must-ride with some of the most scenic vistas you will ever see. Be sure to bring plenty of water, and watch the elevation if you're a flat lander. As epic a ride as anything in Moab.

Start at Spooner Lake. Lodge there runs shuttles also, and has trail maps. Trail starts with a steady fireroad climb to Marlette. Flume Trail head starts here. Trail is usually very sandy, which can make climbing (and descending) a little tricky in spots. Lots of big boulders, but trail runs around most all of these.

USER REVIEWS

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[Sep 19, 2013]
unrooted
Cross Country Rider

20 years ago this would have been THE TRAIL, but nowadays it is just a trail with an amazing view and a good way to get some miles in. I would recommend this trail for anyone with a FIT girlfriend/wife that is scared of technical riding.

I did the standard loop (21 miles) starting at the ridiculously expensive ($10) trail head (F-U NV!!!), rode up the sandy dirt road for 4 miles to Marlette Lake, stopped and enjoyed watching fish jump while I ate a bar. Went around the lake on the dirt road hopped on the Flume Trail (the first 100 feet are the most technical with a rocky switchback), stopped a few times to check out the killer views of Tahoe, got to where you either go up or down and went up to the Rim Trail (steep dirt road) did the rim back to marlette lake (it would probably be more fun to reverse the loop, but then you'll be climbing a lot more dirt road). A bit of dirt road to Marlette lake, both up and down, then you climb up the dirt road you come in on, then down to Spooner trailhead.

I could see this being a big day for a casual cyclist, I saw a lot of euros on rental bikes walking the initial climb, for those types I would recommend the shuttle services.

Customer Service

Any fit mountain biker will probably do the round trip described above, otherwise the shuttle is a great way to give to the Tahoe businesses.

Similar Products Used:

Armstrong-Sidewinder-Corral: The best trail I've ever ridden!!!

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
3
[Jul 20, 2012]
Quik564
Cross Country Rider

Video summary of The Flume Trail:

http://youtu.be/h-bHbUP69iI?hd=1

A solid 2200' climb up from Spooner Lake to get to the actual Flume Trail. Epic views and exposure, but not much technical... unless you ride the avalanche areas. Out and back will give you over 20 miles.

Customer Service

Spooner Lake to Tunnel Creek... and back.

Similar Products Used:

Tahoe Rim Trail

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
[Sep 01, 2010]
Bob Mac
Cross Country Rider

I know the 2 brothers who discovered this trail. Doesn't enter into the rating but makes for an interesting story. Overall, this trail is a 3 for an experienced rider and maybe a 4 for casual riders. When it was new in the 80's I guess it was rated higher for the view, it is panoramic in places. Aerobically if you climb all the way up the climb to Marlette Lake, it is a 5. From what I saw, 4 out of 5 were doing hike-a-bike though. Only the experienced, consistent rider will be able to top the mountain without a stop or 2 or hefting the horsey. It is a bit sandy and if your sand skills are not there from consistently doing loose stuff, it will sap you on the uphill. The downhill at the end is REALLY thick with loose stuff but the experienced rider will love it. If you are good in sand or loose dirt, it will take you longer to get down. They told us at the bike shop at Spooner Lake that average time is 2 to 2.5 hrs. We did it in less. The intermediate rider will take about that time depending on how much you stop for photos or take rest stops. This is a great trail for a SS or a 29'er, don't need a FS.

Customer Service

Go from Spooner to the Ponderosa (S to N), the climb from the N end is too horrible to contemplate and not worth it unless you are a hiker maybe. Anyhow, the shuttle runs N to S and is worth it. If you ride on the road back to Spooner, just watch out cause there is no bike lane, just a white line at the right to ride on.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
[Oct 18, 2008]
bpressnall
Cross Country Rider

I wasn't going to rate this trail till I read "as epic as anything in Moab" in the dicription. Give me a break! Flume is a nice ride, and if you're a casual Mt. biker that hasn't riden many places, this might be the best trail you've ever riden. But for serious bikers this is just a scenic cruise on on a fairly easy contouring trail. Hats off to the guy who originally cleaned out this trail years ago. I don't mean to diss this trail, but it's so darn overrated!

Customer Service

If you combine it with the Rim trail or that trail south of Marlette lake that drops down to the highway, then you've got a great ride.

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
3
[Jul 31, 2007]
mountainbikeloco
Weekend Warrior

Rode this trail this weekend and the elevation kicked my butt. Both the trail and the fireroad leading to the trail are very sandy, so have your favorite sand busting tires mounted. I used weirwolfs on the front and back and they did really well.

The views are incredible. Wow! The descent is slow and sandy until you get to the end fire road, the it's fast and sandy so watch out.

And be sure to hook up a shuttle. The 10 mile ride back along highway 28 is all up hill and hot. Plus, if you go on a weekend the traffic is crazy.

That said it was a lot of fun for an intense workout.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
[Nov 09, 2006]
Peter
Cross Country Rider

I felt that this trail was grossly over rated. I rode it once to see if the hype was worth it, and I was rather disappointed. Sure the views are great but if you are looking for a fun, technical ride with some excitement to it, go to Mr. Toad's Wild Ride in South Lake Tahoe.

Customer Service

Take the shuttle at the end of the trail or else turn around. You do not want to ride it back on the road, the shoulders are almost non-existent.

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Mr. Toad's Wild Ride and Church Trail by Angora Lake.

OVERALL
RATING
2
VALUE
RATING
4
[Oct 09, 2006]
chiefbsnow
Cross Country Rider

This trail is the best trail I have ever ridden in my life! Prepare to blow your mind on the awesome views and the nice flowing single track. Not recommended if you are afraid of heights or are not comfortable on your bike, as there is a big drop-off.

Customer Service

Everyone will tell you to start from Spooner Lake, but here is a route if you are more adventure-minded: start at Tahoe Meadows on the Tahoe Rim Trail (bike or hitch a ride up in the AM). You can only bike this on even days, I think, so check it out before you go. Head SE on the Tahoe Rim Trail, and keep following this all the way to Marlette Lake. Follow the Lake around to the right until you get to the start of the Flume Trail. As of June 2006, the lake was so high that you had to carry your bike over a rock to get to the start.

The very start has a few tricky rocky switch-backs, but then it is smooth-flowing but still adrenaline-pumping single-track for what seems like miles, with awesome views the whole way.

Similar Products Used:

Tahoe Rim Trail between Tahoe Meadows and Marlette Lake. The first 9 or 10 miles are all alpine single-track, with lots of dodge-em rocks and some short rock-stair-cases you may have to walk up, but it is 99% rideable. It is continually changing, both in views and terrain, from rocky to woodsy to meadows, etc. You will feel like you are heading towards Reno at one point but the trail follows the ridge Sth towards Spooner Lake. Eventually the trail cops out and becomes fire-road access when you get close to Marlette campground. Enjoy!

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
3
[Jul 20, 2006]
dhouston
Cross Country Rider

Very scenic as well as aerobic. Nothing in trail guides and mountain bike trail books prepared me for ascent. After the initial four mile climb the last 1.5 being a be-otch, was rewarded with another, even steeper and sandier Hobart Road 1.8 trail connector. Once you climb the 6+ miles, trail is pure heaven. Huge views of the lake and Carson Valley. SOme fun downhill but trail as a whole not terrible technical. Passed a number of folks with rental bikes that were not all that happy with life. Please bear in mind that this trail is not for a beginner or occasional rider, it is a hard intermediate if you take the 23 miles loop trek.

Customer Service

Spooner Lake to Marlett Lake go right up Hobart Road to Tahoe Rim Trail to Flume Trail. Trail will eventually gain hook up with Marlett Lake where trail is briefly interrupted by a small stretch of water from lake which is passible, trail resumes on other side of water.

Similar Products Used:

Mr. Toads Wild Ride.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
[Sep 28, 2005]
eraserhead
Cross Country Rider

Beautiful trail,fortunately its really easy technically or I would have ridden into Lake Tahoe checking out the views.This area is one of the most beatiful places I've ridden. I was surprised at how easy most of the trails in this area were.Most of my Tahoe area rides have been pretty intense.Leave the suspension bike at home,a hardtail would work fine. The only things that make the ride difficult are the altitude and sandy sections of uphill.I felt like I was out of breath all day.The only technical riding was on the Rim trail.

Customer Service

I rode up No.Canyon,took a right around Marlette lake out to Red House Flume Trail,turned south on the rim Tahoe trail back to Marlette lake and did an out and back on the Flume trail,then descended back to Spooner to finish the ride.My route was 33 miles, 3000+ ft. of climbing.My ride started at about 7000ft. and Climbed to about 8800 ft. elevation at the highest point on the Rim trail.Most of the ride was above 8000 feet

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For really technical riding try Eagle Lakes area 10mi. west of Donner Pass-Check out Spaulding Lake trail and Grouse Ridge trail(Youll need a good 4WD to drive in here),also check out Loon Lake on the west end of the Rubicon trail.Mr. Toads is pretty intense along with all the other trails on the ridge towards Heavenly.Theres also killer high elevation trails aound Hope Valley surrouding Hwy. 88.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
[Aug 23, 2004]
el chivo
Cross Country Rider

First off, The Flume Trail is located in Incline Village, NEVADA... not sure why it is listed here as Tahoe City, California, 20 miles away, but I digress. This review of the Flume is for that segment from Spooner to Tunnel Creek Road is a beautiful, but not technically challenging ride. The climb to Marlette Lake is steep at the end, but not too tough for any rider Intermediate and above. For someone looking for a major workout or technical challenge, there are better choices, but I think it is a must do for the visitor to Tahoe as the scenery is hard to beat.

Customer Service

For the advanced rider, I would recommend starting at Spooner, then heading to the Tahoe Rim Trail from Marlette Lake (go right at the Lake, instead of left to the Flume Trail). You climb on a double track road for a couple of miles, then branch off left on the Tahoe Rim Trail. The trail is awesome singletrack that is a mix of technical climbing and descending, fast downhills and mild climbing all the way to a quick fireroad descent to Tunnel Creek Road. Pick up the Flume here and return to Marlette Lake, then descend the trail back to your car. At a decent pace, this 22.5 mile ride can be done in 3 hours or less.

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Tyrolean downhill (pick up in several locations along Mt. Rose Highway), Lloyds (Boca Hill singletrack, Truckee), Tahoe Rim Trail (Brockway Summit to Mt. Rose Wilderness), Sawtooth Trail (Truckee), Mt. States 100 (Tahoe City)

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
3
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