Flume Trail - Trail, South Lake Tahoe, Nevada

Flume Trail - Trail, South Lake Tahoe, Nevada

DESCRIPTION

Scenic mountain fire road and single track along the eastern side of Lake Tahoe. Incredible views of the lake.

USER REVIEWS

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[Sep 21, 2010]
David Midboe
Weekend Warrior

As a local, I ride this trail 4 or 5 times each summer and NEVER tire of it. The views continue to amaze even after about 8 years of riding The Flume. As to technical difficulty - the Flume itself is an easy ride, although not for those with fear of heights. The trail is sometimes narrow and I often wonder what happens if you go off the edge.... Contrary to other reviews, there's plenty of technical terrain if you do the loop around the Tahoe Rim trail over Marlette Peak and back to the south end of Marlette Lake. 5/5 for leg burn and aerobic until you hit the Flume.

Customer Service

I start at the top of Hobart Rd in Carson City, which provides nearly 2 hours of leg burn before arriving at the south end of Marlette Lake (the standard route is from the Spooner parking lot). Follow the trail west and North along the lake to the Flume trailhead and relax for the next few miles on the flat but beautiful Flume; bring your good camera for these views! At the north end of the Flume, head up the hill to the east to connect with the Tahoe Rim trail at the top of the hill. Turning right on the Rim takes you up Marlette Peak with more spectacular views and will test your balancing skills on some of the tight boulder switchbacks. Following this trail will take you back to the Spooner road at Marlette Lake or turn left back to Carson City.

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The Rim Trail from Mt. Rose is a great place to start the Flume ride. I recommend riding the Rim east of Marlette over the peak and finish with the Flume heading north.

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RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
[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 (2 for tech, 4.5 for views) 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 very panoramic in places. Aerobically if you climb non-stop all the way up the climb to Marlette Lake, it's 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. If you bring your inexperienced girlfriend, she will curse you all the way up. It is a bit sandy in places 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 not comfortable 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.

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 maybe you are hiking it. Anyhow, the hourly 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, plus it's all uphill for 9 miles, yuck.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
[Aug 02, 2010]
stinkerpeter
Cross Country Rider

I rode this trail starting at Spooner Lake. I hoped to go off the beaten path and I took the first turnoff to Snow Valley Peak. A definite leg burner, especially if you're not use to riding at altitude. After the summit of Snow Valley Peak I dropped down some grown over doubletrack to the west. I was hoping to make it to the Outer Flume Trail. Eventually I made it to some dirt roads which I found less than exciting. Forks and t's weren't marked which made this portion of the ride extremely frustrated. I had a topo map that helped to "pinpoint" my location. I eventually got discouraged that I'd never find the Outer Flume trail and just headed back towards Spooner Lake via Marlette Lake. I seemed to have missed out on any of the single track that people were excited about. Needless to say I was a bit disappointed at the volume of single track here.

OVERALL
RATING
2
VALUE
RATING
4
[May 26, 2009]
Danix
Weekend Warrior

I go every year! Awsome trail! Long uphil to the lake though. I would defenitely recommend it for the view!
BUT DO NOT TAKE THE SHUTTLE BACK! The climbing you did to get to the single track is an GREAT downhill on the way back! Why would go all that way to take a boring shuttle ride back? Ride back! Much more fun!

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Northstar at Tahoe! Great for downhill! (Only in summer) :) Ha!

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
[Aug 30, 2006]
stepheb
Weekend Warrior

I loved this ride. It starts with a long climb up to Marlette lake, it's long and littered with fatties that couldn't get it up, and have given up... it is a firetrack for this part and it isn't technical, so it suits a biginner to intermediate rider. To make the loop you're best turning right at Marlette Lake where you climb agin to the ridge where there's beautiful views of Nevada foothills. Coming down there's some technical switch backs, which are too hard to ride uphill, which link back to the end of the flume trail. Ride the flume trail back to Marletter Lake and back down to complete the loop. The flume itself is beatifully scenic but lacks variety, in truth it started getting boring after the first 10 minutes. The ride back down is fast and fun but only offers some challenge due to the amount of sand on the firetrack.

Customer Service

The loop. Start at Spooner Lake and turn right at Marlette lake and climb onto the ridge - i think this is the rim trail. Take the Flume back to Marlette lake to complete the Loop.

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Truckee has some trails if theree's still snow on the ground at altitude.

The Rim trail at Tahoe city - starts off on the Truckee River.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
[Oct 14, 1998]

The forest service in the Lake Tahoe basin should be used as an example by all forest services and mountain bikers for the quality of their trails. Well maintained, well marked, extensive, and open to mountain bikers.

Customer Service

Anywhere along the Flume and Rim trails. Talk to one of the local bike shops around the lake, they can set you up on a ride suited to your ability.

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You could spend an entire season riding the Rim Trails around the lake.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
[Oct 31, 1998]
Marty Jellin

It's fun

Customer Service

I dont know

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I don't know any i am just a kid.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
[Nov 01, 1998]
Dave

Awesome views of Lake. Do in good weather. Saw some deer by Marriette Lake. Flume Trail itself is flat, but climb up from Spooner is a bear.

Customer Service

Spooner Lake up to Marriette Lake. Then on Flume Trail, then 1. do as out and back or 2. come back on upper Flume trail back to Marriette, or 3. go down to Highway if you need to go.

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RATING
5
VALUE
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[Dec 01, 1998]
David

Good place to have breakfast or lunch is the Cracker Box two blocks east of 395 on 50.

Customer Service

Make a 45 mi.loop with energetic climb and descent by starting in Carson City and going up Clear Creek or Kings Cyn ride Flume and descending via Lakeview.

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RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
[Dec 06, 1998]
Richard May

One long climb at the beginning that lasts about 4-5 miles. Then a descent to Marlette Lake. Cross through Marlette Lake (Fun, deep, cold water crossing) or mountain goat it over the rocks beside it (route for wussies). Now you're on the Flume trail. From here it is mostly flat and tremendously senic. You ride on the edge of a cliff sometimes narrowly escaping a deadly fall. The whole trip, there and back is about 21 miles. It isn't that hard, but bring plenty of food and water; I being a good 'ol boy was not adjusted to the high altitude or the dryness. My over the hill dad made the trail with minimal pushing (it was his 3rd time ever on a mountain bike). Overall I was very impressed with the trail and the whole western scene.

Customer Service

I've only done there and back

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Silver Lake, California

OVERALL
RATING
5
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