Technical Level: Intermediate
Strenuous Level: Advanced
Altitude Gain: At least a
few thousand feet, but options for a lot more
15 miles and up
Near Incline Village in the Lake Tahoe Region
Summer only, it snows a lot in the winter here
To get There:
Marking Trail Head
Part of the trail is on the map! No 342 is the trail that
leads to the flume trail.
Click on Zoom Far Out a couple times to get a good idea of where the
From Sacramento: Take I-80 East towards Reno. Exit South
on Highway 267 in Truckee. Take 267 to Highway 28 and head East (turn
left). Stay on 28 through Incline Village. 28 will take you
right up next to Lake Tahoe, providing a breathtaking view. This
must be one of the prettiest roads in Nevada, if not in the whole of the
US. Just a few miles outside of Incline Village on 28, there are
some houses right up next to the edge of the lake. About a mile past
the houses on the left side is the very poorly marked trail head.
I rode past it twice before I found it the first time! If you reach
Sand Harbor, you've gone too far.
There are about a million options for this trail, so I'll tell you how
I like to do it, but remember I like to climb so the trail starts with
the hard part. There is a shuttle service that runs up and down highway
28, and I believe it is free. I think they have bike racks on the
busses, so you can do the trail one way and and take a shuttle back to
your car. Double check on this service, I've never used it
so I don't when it runs, and other very important details.
Here's the Brett Bymaster method of riding the flume trail:
Start on the trail head on highway 28. Head up the trail
for about 3.5 miles. Follow the signs to the flume trail. Take
the flume trail about 7.7 miles, paralleling highway 28 heading south.
At Marlette Lake head south towards Spooner Lake. At the trail leading
to Snow Valley Peak, turn left. Climb about 500 feet, get dizzy and
altitude sick, and push your unicycle up the mountain. Stop, pray,
see the Nevada and California side of the mountain, then ROCKET back down
A more popular option is to start from Spooner lake, and coast down
the flume trail and then either ride 28 back to spooner lake or shuttle
The Tahoe Rim Trail is now open to bikes in this area!! This
is a great ride I'm told, but I've never done it.
There are so many options on this trail I really encourage you to go to
one of the many bike shops along 28 and get a map. There is riding
here for everyone. There isn't much technical terrain, but there
is some great climbing. Just remember that unless you shuttle, you
have to climb up anything you go down.
The Flume Trail is considered one of the best mountain biking trails
in the nation! It is absolutely amazing. The trail is about
1000 feet above the Lake and only about 1/2 mile from the lake. It
is close enough to the lake that you can hear the voices of people boating
on the lake. You will get an unforgettable vista along the trail.
You will be able to see all 22 miles of Lake Tahoe and the spectacular
mountains behind the lake. If you chose to head up to Snow Valley
Peak, you will get to see both the Nevada side of the Sierra Nevada Mountain
Range and the Lake Tahoe/California side. WHEEH, what a view!!
This is a must do trail!