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TRT-Flume-Chimney Beach Exit

  4.8 ( 4 ) Favorite


19.6 mile 31.6 kilometer point to point
90% Singletrack


Ascent: 1,119' 341 m
Descent: -3,360' -1,024 m
High: 8,824' 2,690 m
Low: 6,476' 1,974 m


Avg Grade: 4% (2°)
Max Grade: 31% (17°)


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Trail shared by Clayton Dewberry

Classic TRT-Flume point to point ride. Leave a vehicle at the top and at Stump Beach parking.

Clayton Dewberry

Electric Mountain Bikes Unknown

Features -none-

The TRT section between Hwy 431 and Tunnel Creek Rd is open to mountain bikes only on even days.


Start high up near Mt. Rose, prepare yourself in the Nevada bathrooms. Hit the TRT and enjoy yourself. A couple of hard up hills to get through, some challenging obstacles that can be ridden or walked - and one of the best downhill finishes around!!!

Need to Know

Shuttle optional and available.


Drop a car at Tahoe Meadows or take a shuttle from your end point.

A morning start of this ride is often cool/cold - a long sleeve or shell is recommended.
Start at the Tahoe Rim Trail sign, take some photos, and get pysched! You'll ride a very tight trail through the meadow that is covered in soft, dense vegetation. Be aware of small obstacles hidden from eyesight. A fragmented wooden boardwalk guides you into the woods.

Look for the Tahoe Rim Trail signs directing you up and right onto the TRT after a quarter mile. After the meadow, you'll endure a 300' climb, and a few more small climbs and descents. The trail is semi-technical through this section due to the many rock steps which can be frustrating to many. 9 miles later you are at a four-way intersection. This is a good lunch spot, depending on how long it took you to get here.

At this intersection, you can turn right and head down towards the lake, which we do here, or you can go straight and come up the back side of Marlette lake and down to Chimney Beach parking lot, or loop around and end up at Tunnel Creek road.

By taking a right at the trail, you'll end up heading towards the lake. At the next intersection, go left (right takes you down Tunnel Creek Road) to the best photo spots along this trail. It gets tight, steep, and dangerous in several spots and a fall could be costly. Be careful, stop to take pictures and enjoy the view - pay attention when you ride above the lake. There is a lot of forest, though the trail opens into meadows. You'll encounter plenty of ups and downs and some very technical spots. You may want to get off your bike and hike up and down these obstacles, or use them to test your skill.

Eventually, you get to Marlette lake. Enjoy it for the cool water and the views. The uphill coming up after the lake is strenuous! After the uphill, you'll come to another trail sign. Catch your breath as you've got another uphill to do, which takes you to the peak and then down one of the better stretches I've ridden. The key here is to take the singletrack after the sign and then hang a RIGHT at the first intersection and head uphill. If you miss this right you'll end up at Spooner lake.

Once you get to the peak you'll head down and bear right and you are on the last section that ends up at the Chimney Beach parking lot. This is a great downhill, with some pretty technical corners, but nothing too hard. Ten minutes later you are at your car and drinking a cold beverage you left in the cooler. Enjoy!

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Nov 18, 2018
Ali Agee
Nov 17, 2018
Marc Daniel
With Polo after coming up from Chimney trail by bike
Sep 17, 2018
Eddie Lee
Beautiful scenery but the trail itself is nothing more than average trails found in Colorado. $18 10 min shuttle run is ripoff. 50 riders a day — 3h 00m
Sep 14, 2018
Callie S
Aug 30, 2018
Sylvia Cei
Aug 10, 2018
Timothy Perry
Sep 24, 2017
Ed Mirkovic
Fantastic ride to see Alpine forest, granite trails and cedar trees. But the view of Lake Tahoe and riding down to Marlette Lake is the epic ride.
Aug 6, 2017
Larry Russell
Awesome ride. 19.2mi

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Yup, it really looks like that.  For miles.
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Tahoe Flume Trail!
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Hard to keep your eye on the trail!
Jul 12, 2014 near Incline…, NV
The most amazing views! Loved this trail!
Sep 11, 2017 near Incline…, NV
Superb passage!
Mar 10, 2016 near Incline…, NV
Take it with speed!
Jul 12, 2014 near Incline…, NV


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