Flume Trail

 13 votes

5.4 Miles 8.7 Kilometers


99' 30 m


-240' -73 m


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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Dry, Mostly Dry - Rode the Flume yesterday. It's dry and open. Only 3 little water crossings about 2-3 feet wide. Did an out and back from the b...
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The climb is what makes this ride hard. The hight and drops on the sides of the trail could be scary or intimidating. Oh and the views are very distracting. Besides that I found the trail it's self to be Easy. Going down to incline you can get some speed. The sand can be deep in spots making that it a bit sketchy but FUN. Jul 4, 2015

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

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