Bike Like a Girl at the Flume Trail in Lake Tahoe

Flume Trail - Search Nearby - Added by Trish Sebastian

This 13-mile point-to-point mountain bike ride, most of it on a sandy trail overlooking the splendid Lake Tahoe, is breathtaking - quite literally and figuratively.  There are a few ways to conquer the Flume Trail.  This one is the point-to-point option starting at Spooner Lake and ending at Tunnel Creek Trail.

Start at the Spooner Lake trail and mentally prepare 1,200 feet of ascent from the get go.  In fact, the first 4 miles is just pure climbing, with more than half of the elevation gain reserved for you on the 4th mile of the climb.  Bring your grit, winning attitude, and climbing legs.  Trust me - you'll need all of it.  

The party starts from mile 4 on as ride along beautiful Marlette Lake and descend to a trail that has sweeping panoramic views of Lake Tahoe the entire time.  The views not just of the big blue lake, but also of the mountain range in the backdrop is guaranteed to take your breath away.  Although the trail is relatively flat from that point about six miles, it is pretty long and the trail is sandy in certain parts.  

The rest of the way is a fast and steep downhill in a very sandy trail.  If you're new to mountain bikes, I would advise that you train to have full control of your bike before tackling this trail.  

Note about logistics:  To do this point-to-point ride, you could either have 2 cars - one parked on either end of the route (Spooner Lake and Tunnel Creek Trail) or take the shuttle from Tunnel Creek to Spooner (check online for current fees).  


13.3 Miles RT

Elevation Gain

1220 ft Gain




Mountain Biking


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