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Flume Trail

 14 votes


5.4 Miles 8.7 Kilometers



99' 30 m


-240' -73 m



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7,872' 2,399 m


7,673' 2,339 m




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One of Tahoe's most spectacular trails for any skill level.

Markk Knowles



The Flume Trail is enjoyable mostly flat singletrack twisting along a steep mountain side dropping only 40' per mile. If you're afraid of heights, this ride might not be for you, but it's an intermediate trail otherwise, and an incredible one at that. The views are spectacular and the riding is flowy and fun.

There is one very short rock slide area that you'll walk over that has a sign warning you.

Access to the Flume Trail is via the North Canyon Road at Spooner Lake State Park or the Tahoe Rim Trail through Tahoe Meadows.

The first section is very technical, and many riders walk this section. It is very short, and once you clear it, the ride gets much easier. From here, the singletrack swings out on the side hill and gives you a great view of Lake Tahoe. Follow the singletrack north for 4.2 miles (10.5 miles) where you'll intersect Tunnel Creek Road.

From here you could go right and intersect the Tahoe Rim Trail, or intersect with the Red House Flume trail, or just turn around and retrace your path back to Spooner Lake State Park.


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I heard so much about this classic trail. I took the shuttle from Incline Village. If I rember correctly it cost about $12-15. Next time I will just do the ride as a lollipop loop from Spooner Summit. The views along the Flume Trail are spectacular. It cuts high above the east side of the lake, my peronal favorite area. The Flume Trail itself is very easy and mostly flat. If you struggle with heights, it might be a little diffucult. The entire west side drops off with a pretty steep grade to the highway/lake below. The trail is wide enough and smooth enough that there aren't any worries of going over the edge. My only issue was trying to keep my eyes on the trail. Seriously the view is that good. Feb 11, 2016
Great little trail with spectacular views. Did it on labour day holiday so lots of bikers and walkers but no issues. They have posted speed limits of 5 mph on corners and 20 mph on straights as you ride up and this seems to work in the wider area as well. Some exposure to drops. In most cases, you wouldnt go too far but there are a couple of spots where less experienced riders could walk if reqd. Sep 3, 2017
Megan S  
I LOVED this trail. I was a little nervous about the drop off on the side of the trail but once you get up there you see there is plenty of space on the trail before the edge and it's not as scary as it looks. We took the shuttle from Flume Bike Trails and rode from spooner lake back to the bike shop where we parked. Amazing ride! Highly recommend! Sep 11, 2017

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