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Flume Trail

Average Rating:    (4.46 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 28

Epic must-ride with some of the most scenic vistas you will ever see. Be sure to bring plenty of water, and watch the elevation if you're a flat lander. As epic a ride as anything in Moab.

Start at Spooner Lake. Lodge there runs shuttles also, and has trail maps. Trail starts with a steady fireroad climb to Marlette. Flume Trail head starts here. Trail is usually very sandy, which can make climbing (and descending) a little tricky in spots. Lots of big boulders, but trail runs around most all of these.
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Latitude
39.104355600602005
Longitude
-119.90135192871094
Trail Directions
Climb begins at Spooner Lake and rewards you with a brief descent to Marlette Lake. Flume Trail begins here and ends at Incline Village.
Trail Length
~4.5 miles
Trail Level
intermediate
Trail Type
mostly sandy singletrack/widetrack
City/County
Incline Village
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Review Date
September 19, 2013

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: unrooted ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
20 years ago this would have been THE TRAIL, but nowadays it is just a trail with an amazing view and a good way to get some miles in. I would recommend this trail for anyone with a FIT girlfriend/wife that is scared of technical riding.

I did the standard loop (21 miles) starting at the ridiculously expensive ($10) trail head (F-U NV!!!), rode up the sandy dirt road for 4 miles to Marlette Lake, stopped and enjoyed watching fish jump while I ate a bar. Went around the lake on the dirt road hopped on the Flume Trail (the first 100 feet are the most technical with a rocky switchback), stopped a few times to check out the killer views of Tahoe, got to where you either go up or down and went up to the Rim Trail (steep dirt road) did the rim back to marlette lake (it would probably be more fun to reverse the loop, but then you'll be climbing a lot more dirt road). A bit of dirt road to Marlette lake, both up and down, then you climb up the dirt road you come in on, then down to Spooner trailhead.

I could see this being a big day for a casual cyclist, I saw a lot of euros on rental bikes walking the initial climb, for those types I would recommend the shuttle services.

Recommended Route:
Any fit mountain biker will probably do the round trip described above, otherwise the shuttle is a great way to give to the Tahoe businesses.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Armstrong-Sidewinder-Corral: The best trail I've ever ridden!!!



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Review Date
July 20, 2012

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Quik564 ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Video summary of The Flume Trail:

http://youtu.be/h-bHbUP69iI?hd=1

A solid 2200' climb up from Spooner Lake to get to the actual Flume Trail. Epic views and exposure, but not much technical... unless you ride the avalanche areas. Out and back will give you over 20 miles.

Recommended Route:
Spooner Lake to Tunnel Creek... and back.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Tahoe Rim Trail



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Review Date
October 18, 2008

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: bpressnall ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
I wasn't going to rate this trail till I read "as epic as anything in Moab" in the dicription. Give me a break! Flume is a nice ride, and if you're a casual Mt. biker that hasn't riden many places, this might be the best trail you've ever riden. But for serious bikers this is just a scenic cruise on on a fairly easy contouring trail. Hats off to the guy who originally cleaned out this trail years ago. I don't mean to diss this trail, but it's so darn overrated!

Recommended Route:
If you combine it with the Rim trail or that trail south of Marlette lake that drops down to the highway, then you've got a great ride.



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Review Date
July 31, 2007

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: mountainbikeloco ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
Rode this trail this weekend and the elevation kicked my butt. Both the trail and the fireroad leading to the trail are very sandy, so have your favorite sand busting tires mounted. I used weirwolfs on the front and back and they did really well.

The views are incredible. Wow! The descent is slow and sandy until you get to the end fire road, the it's fast and sandy so watch out.

And be sure to hook up a shuttle. The 10 mile ride back along highway 28 is all up hill and hot. Plus, if you go on a weekend the traffic is crazy.

That said it was a lot of fun for an intense workout.



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Review Date
October 9, 2006

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: chiefbsnow ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
This trail is the best trail I have ever ridden in my life! Prepare to blow your mind on the awesome views and the nice flowing single track. Not recommended if you are afraid of heights or are not comfortable on your bike, as there is a big drop-off.

Recommended Route:
Everyone will tell you to start from Spooner Lake, but here is a route if you are more adventure-minded: start at Tahoe Meadows on the Tahoe Rim Trail (bike or hitch a ride up in the AM). You can only bike this on even days, I think, so check it out before you go. Head SE on the Tahoe Rim Trail, and keep following this all the way to Marlette Lake. Follow the Lake around to the right until you get to the start of the Flume Trail. As of June 2006, the lake was so high that you had to carry your bike over a rock to get to the start.

The very start has a few tricky rocky switch-backs, but then it is smooth-flowing but still adrenaline-pumping single-track for what seems like miles, with awesome views the whole way.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Tahoe Rim Trail between Tahoe Meadows and Marlette Lake. The first 9 or 10 miles are all alpine single-track, with lots of dodge-em rocks and some short rock-stair-cases you may have to walk up, but it is 99% rideable. It is continually changing, both in views and terrain, from rocky to woodsy to meadows, etc. You will feel like you are heading towards Reno at one point but the trail follows the ridge Sth towards Spooner Lake. Eventually the trail cops out and becomes fire-road access when you get close to Marlette campground. Enjoy!



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