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I am going to Tahoe in two weeks and I am going to ride the flume. I was just wondering how many hours does it take to complete. We rented a house in the Tahoe keys and I figured I will leave about 6:00 am and finish around noon or earlier, is that a fair guess?
 

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Depends

It depends on which route you take, what level rider you are, how often you stop to take photos, and how crowded it is. It tends to get crowded on weekends after about noon. The Flume itself is only 4.5 fairly flat miles but there are several ways to get to it.

Mt. Rose down The Flume to Spooner Lake is about 20 miles and it is a lot easier, more fun and beautiful than climbing up that boring 4.5 mile fire road up from Spooner Lake. Just be aware you should only ride from Mt. Rose on even days. You take a shuttle from the Spooner Lake bike shop, or self-shuttle.

Here is a map with mileages.
 

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To reiterate what Wherewolf said, the climb up from Spooner lake to the Flume did not look fun. About 4 miles of just spinning the wheels.

Take the route Wherewolf recommends. The first part is a blast with granite steps up and down, twisting trail, and just great fun. Then the Flume is non technical but wonderful views. Unless you are out for a sunday joyride and are beginner you will be probably unsatisfied with just the Flume.
 

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cowens677 said:
I am going to Tahoe in two weeks and I am going to ride the flume. I was just wondering how many hours does it take to complete. We rented a house in the Tahoe keys and I figured I will leave about 6:00 am and finish around noon or earlier, is that a fair guess?
Are you talking about out and back from Spooner? Just a WAG since I would never ride it that way maybe 90-120 minutes? Depends on how much traffic I encounter. How long it would take you to ride it? I have no clue.
 

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I will keep a pretty good pace; I just wanted to know the average time it takes most of you to finish. I just don't want to be stuck on a trail for 8 hours and have my wife yelling at me when I get back because I told her it would only be 2 hours. I hate playing blackjack with my ears ringing and a headache. I would much rather have the headache the next morning. Thanks for the information guys!!
 

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Did the Tahoe Meadow - TRT to Marlett Lake and then the Flume, and down Tunnel to the Ponderosa on the 4th. We left a car there and shuttled up to Tahoe Meadows. Outstanding ride, IMO. Just techy enough to make it really challenging and virtually all rideable. Couple of rocks that I didn't ride, more for "large ring" preservation than anything else. (Really need to go 2 x 9 with a guard on my 26" FS...) Sort of wished I had brought the SS 29'er, but I think that the elevation would have had me walking a couple of stretches that the gears allowed me to pedal. Riding up from Spooner sucks, as far as I am concerned. Just a long, pretty steep, boring fireroad. The route from Tahoe Meadows is gorgeous, fun and about a 500% better ride. We had a larger group of disparate speeds/abilities (though all fairly adept riders) who are all sea-level dwellers. Took us a total of about 3-1/2 hours riding time, and about 4-1/2 hours with stops to regroup, eat, etc... Purely "fun ride" pace - some fast, some slow, some not paying any attention to how fast (or slow) you are going. Great trail ride that I am still stoking on. It would be a tough ride doing it as a loop with the road climb up to the meadows to start, but not out-of-question either. GPS showed about 24 miles for the ride, and we rode to a bar about a mile away to wait for the cars and replenish beer we sweated out. Have a blast, and enjoy the ride. If you are going to take it easy, you can do this easily on a long summers day. If you want to pound it and the altitude doesn't affect you, this is probably a 2-1/2 to 3 hour ride for a strong rider.
 

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Shouldnt take too long for the basic Flume run. Typically you park at Spooner, ride up the hill (this part will vary the most depending on how well you can climb) and then hit the Flume trail. Catch the shuttle back to Spooner lake.

I realize most here would prefer to see you have more fun than that but if you're just interested in the Flume trail it shouldnt take more than 3 hours, including the shuttle ride back.
 

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cowens677 said:
I am going to Tahoe in two weeks and I am going to ride the flume. I was just wondering how many hours does it take to complete. We rented a house in the Tahoe keys and I figured I will leave about 6:00 am and finish around noon or earlier, is that a fair guess?
I did the whole loop from Spooner across the back side to Spooner. Not for the faint of heart. It took about ten hours because we took our time. Long day.
 

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If you park at Spooner Lake you can do a good 24 mile loop in about 3-4hrs. Out to Marlette Lake, Flume to Tunnels, TRT or Red Flume back to Marlette Lake, and then back to Spooner. Before the TRT was open (Tunnels to Hobart) I would always take the Red Flume route and 3-4 hrs would usually do it. No need to shuttle IMO. My favorite route is from Tahoe Meadows. TRT all the way to Marlette, to Flume to Tunnels to TRT, and back to Tahoe Meadows. 30 miles. About an hour more plus driving time.
 

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Wherewolf said:
Just be aware you should only ride from Mt. Rose on even days. You take a shuttle from the Spooner Lake bike shop, or self-shuttle.
Here is a map with mileages.
Why exactly should you only ride form Mt. Rose on even days? We're planning to hit the Flume trail this coming Sunday - is there no shuttle on odd days is that why? How long and how much elevation gain is the fireroad from Spooner to Mt. Rose trail head btw?
 

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Read the map

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Why exactly should you only ride form Mt. Rose on even days? We're planning to hit the Flume trail this coming Sunday - is there no shuttle on odd days is that why? How long and how much elevation gain is the fireroad from Spooner to Mt. Rose trail head btw?
Read the map. Mt. Rose to Tunnel Creek Rd. is closed to bikes on odd days. That's why there are no shuttles. Getting biking allowed on that section was pretty tough from what I understand. So please don't screw it up for the locals and those of us who like to ride there. There is no fire road from Spooner to Mt. Rose, there is a paved highway.
 

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So if we can't ride that 9 mile section on odd days, can we still ride the trails south of that on the odd days? If so, is there an way to access that trail that starts at the intersection of Tahoe Rim Trail and Red House Flume?

So I guess we can just ride the Flume Trail itself on any days, just can't take shuttle up and take that 9 mile section down?

Thanks.
 

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To help you a little more.....

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So if we can't ride that 9 mile section on odd days, can we still ride the trails south of that on the odd days? If so, is there an way to access that trail that starts at the intersection of Tahoe Rim Trail and Red House Flume?
Yes other trails ok either day. Opptional route you'd climb up Tunnel Creek from 28 which is shorter by a couple miles I think but may be as much effort as up f/r from Spooner. I've only come down Tunnel once this past Sunday after riding TRT starting from Mt. Rose (aka Tahoe Meadows) so not sure. After an out/back from Spooner to do the Flume a few years before, and being a little whacko enjoying climbing, I think I'll try up Tunnel next time :skep:.

solara said:
So I guess we can just ride the Flume Trail itself on any days, just can't take shuttle up and take that 9 mile section down?
Right, no riding odd days thus no shuttling, bike shop or otherwise :nono: . Too bad you guys can't ride TRT on an even day, great trail. I suggest up Tunnel Creek, Flume out/back,or depending on wifes riding prowess, up TC, continue up 1/2 mi past Flume t/h to TRT/Red House intersection, head right on TRT 5mi section back around to Sunflower Hill intersection, down f/r to Marlette then hit Flume and back down TC (sketchy and will possibly be intimidating for begginer-remember your casino comment :rolleyes: ).

Here's link to trails to help make sense of my narrative.

http://www.theflumetrail.com/ridingmap/
 

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Tunnel Creek rd down from the end of Flume was pretty sandy/gravelly/loose on Friday. I would NOT want to ride up that - even with a geared bike. While Spooner to Marlett to Flume is no fun, you at least start a bit higher and the climb is not quite as steep. From the Ponderosa, the climb is a few hundred feet more vertical in about 2/3 the distance, if I recall... If you can, reschedule your day - the 14 miles of the TRT from Tahoe Meadows to Marlett Lake is one of the nicest trails I have ridden in a long time. Rocky and techy in places, and fast, flowy in others - it is a blast.
 
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