Flume Trail – Lake Tahoe
Location: Incline Village, NV
Miles: 14 miles
Difficulty: Easy to Moderate
Duration: 2 hours Ride Time
Users: Mountain biker. No wheelchair access.
Features: 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.
This is a great ride, and possibly the best non-technical ride I’ve ever done. The views of Lake Tahoe are phenomenal after a good bit of climbing to start with sketchy and sandy downhills to finish off the trails. I’d definitely suggest taking the shuttle back, unless you’re a total beast and take care on the Flume Trail proper – unless flying off the edge and become a permanent fixture on the mountain sounds appealing.
Follow the trailhead signs posted in the parking lot to getting started on your 1000 ft climb on the fire-road before your descent to the lake. Hang a left around the perimeter of the lake until you make it to the Flume trailhead. It’s mostly singletrack with scattered technical sections, but overall a fairly easy ride on the mountain ridge overlooking Spooner Lake.
Top 3 Adventure Hacks
1) Enjoy the view
If you see a great spot for you to enjoy the incredible view of Lake Tahoe, stop to take it all in.
2) Bring water!
Stay hydrated when you go biking. This trail is exhilarating and all the adrenaline might get you thirsty after all the fun! Attach your water bottle to a carabiner.
3) Wear proper gear
Don’t forget to wear proper gear that could help you through this trail. It matters that you should always be prepared.