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Flume Trail

Average Rating:    (4.39 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 31

Scenic mountain fire road and single track along the eastern side of Lake Tahoe. Incredible views of the lake.
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Latitude
39.102357437817595
Longitude
-119.9102783203125
Trail Directions
From So. Lake Tahoe, take Hwy. 50 north to Hwy. 28. Left on Hwy. 28, continue approx. 1/4 mile, and turn right into Spooner Lake Campground.
Trail Length
22 miles
Trail Level
Intermediate
Trail Type
Singletrack & Fire Roads
City/County
South Lake Tahoe
   


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Review Date
September 21, 2010

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 5 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: David Midboe ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
As a local, I ride this trail 4 or 5 times each summer and NEVER tire of it. The views continue to amaze even after about 8 years of riding The Flume. As to technical difficulty - the Flume itself is an easy ride, although not for those with fear of heights. The trail is sometimes narrow and I often wonder what happens if you go off the edge.... Contrary to other reviews, there's plenty of technical terrain if you do the loop around the Tahoe Rim trail over Marlette Peak and back to the south end of Marlette Lake. 5/5 for leg burn and aerobic until you hit the Flume.

Recommended Route:
I start at the top of Hobart Rd in Carson City, which provides nearly 2 hours of leg burn before arriving at the south end of Marlette Lake (the standard route is from the Spooner parking lot). Follow the trail west and North along the lake to the Flume trailhead and relax for the next few miles on the flat but beautiful Flume; bring your good camera for these views! At the north end of the Flume, head up the hill to the east to connect with the Tahoe Rim trail at the top of the hill. Turning right on the Rim takes you up Marlette Peak with more spectacular views and will test your balancing skills on some of the tight boulder switchbacks. Following this trail will take you back to the Spooner road at Marlette Lake or turn left back to Carson City.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
The Rim Trail from Mt. Rose is a great place to start the Flume ride. I recommend riding the Rim east of Marlette over the peak and finish with the Flume heading north.



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Review Date
August 2, 2010

Overall Rating
 2 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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1.00 of 5, 2.00 votes

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Reviewed by: stinkerpeter ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
I rode this trail starting at Spooner Lake. I hoped to go off the beaten path and I took the first turnoff to Snow Valley Peak. A definite leg burner, especially if you're not use to riding at altitude. After the summit of Snow Valley Peak I dropped down some grown over doubletrack to the west. I was hoping to make it to the Outer Flume Trail. Eventually I made it to some dirt roads which I found less than exciting. Forks and t's weren't marked which made this portion of the ride extremely frustrated. I had a topo map that helped to "pinpoint" my location. I eventually got discouraged that I'd never find the Outer Flume trail and just headed back towards Spooner Lake via Marlette Lake. I seemed to have missed out on any of the single track that people were excited about. Needless to say I was a bit disappointed at the volume of single track here.



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Review Date
May 26, 2009

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a year

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Reviewed by: Danix ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
I go every year! Awsome trail! Long uphil to the lake though. I would defenitely recommend it for the view!
BUT DO NOT TAKE THE SHUTTLE BACK! The climbing you did to get to the single track is an GREAT downhill on the way back! Why would go all that way to take a boring shuttle ride back? Ride back! Much more fun!

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Northstar at Tahoe! Great for downhill! (Only in summer) :) Ha!



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Review Date
March 2, 2003

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a year

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3.00 of 5, 2.00 votes

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Reviewed by: Kurt , from Reno

Summary:
Flat, narrow in places, it's a great ride for the view but otherwise is just a fast big ring crank.

Recommended Route:
I do the drop in from Marlette off the Rim trail, and end at the Ponderosa

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Secret sauce, Galena Park, Galena Creek, Meadow Rim...



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Review Date
August 28, 2002

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Brent , from Houston, TX

Summary:
As everyone has said, the view alone makes the Flume trail a must ride if you're in Tahoe. The only difficult part is the uphill to get to Marlette Lake and the Flume trailhead. It's not technical, so anyone in decent shape can make it pretty easy. We were there in May, and there was still some snow that we had to ride through on the way up, but once there, stop and have some water and a quick snack, and then head on. Being from Texas, I overdressed thinking I'd be cold, but once out of the valley's it got pretty warm. After a short downhill and bridge over a little waterfall (picture opportunity), it's pretty much an easy and scenic ride from there. I had to stop every 1/2 mile to just stare at Lake Tahoe. Beautiful. My girlfriend had never riden before, absolutely hated the uphill (and hated me for making her do it), but once at the top the views here made it worth it. I'd go again with some more experienced riders and make a longer loop out of it.



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