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--- The Flume Ride ---
 
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Lake Tahoe Mountain Biking. Pulling a Wheely on the Flume Trail. 
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This is the world famous mountain bike ride at Lake Tahoe. A ride that even a Beginner-Intermediate Mountain Bike rider can do. There are several variations that you can do on this ride as well. The first one that will be covered is the easy one and the second one takes a little more time and involves a little more climbing.
Lake Tahoe Mountain Biking. Red Flowers on the Flume Trail.
Lake Tahoe Mountain Biking. Starting out on the Flume Trail.
 
 
Beginner-Intermediate Ride  Intermediate-Advanced Ride 
Refer to the TOPO MAP for more Info.
 
Lake Tahoe Mountain Biking. Views on the Flume Trail. The most popular way that beginner and intermediate riders like to do the ride is with two cars. 

One car is parked at the start and the other is at the end of the ride. This saves alot of climbing! 
Park your first car at the "Ponderosa" ranch, which is where the TV show was filmed at. The Ponderosa Ranch is on Highway 28, just past Incline Village on the Nevada side of Lake Tahoe. If your coming from Incline it will be on the left side of the road, just look for all the old wagons and stuff in the parking lot. This is where you want to park the first car. If you're coming from South Lake Tahoe take Highway 50 East and take a left on Highway 28, which is just before spooner summit and follow Highway 28 to the Ponderosa.

 
 
Lake Tahoe Mountain Biking. Climbing up to Marlette Lake on the Flume Trail. After you drop off a car at the Ponderosa take the second car up to Spooner lake park. To get there drive south on Highway 28 away from Incline Village. Take a left at Spooner Park and park there. At the gate of Spooner Park you may want to pick up a free map there. 

Before heading out be sure to fill two bike bottles as there is no water on the trail, except for a creek at the Red House Dam. If you need to fill your bottles here then take a filter or iodine or maybe that is iodide, but don't take the wrong ones! 

 
 
 
Once on your bike take the trail that goes to the east. This trail will take you down to Spooner Lake. Once at Spooner Lake there will be a Y and you want to take the right, simply follow the signs. Now you are at the start of the ride and the beginning of the climb. 
 
Lake Tahoe Mountain Biking. A view of Snow Peak in Nevada on the Flume Trail. 
This road continues to climb for approximiatly 4 miles and follows the North Canyon Creak. At 3.9 miles into the ride there is a Forest Service road(15N04A), which leads up to Snow Peak. If you want a really strenuous climb this is for you! Snow Peak also affords incredible views of Lake Tahoe and the Carson Valley on the other side. Otherwise stay on the same road. Once you reach the summit you will go downhill for about a mile.
Lake Tahoe Mountain Biking. Riding around Marlette Lake on the Flume Trail.
 
Lake Tahoe Mountain Biking. Taking to the Air on the Flume Trail
 
Lake Tahoe Mountain Biking. The Shoreline of Marlette Lake on the Flume Ride. 
 
 

 

At Marlette Lake take a left. Now follow the road along Marlette Lake until it ends. 

Now you are at the start of the Flume Trail. The riding is now on a single track. There are a few sections on this ride that you may want to carry your bike. These places are blatantly obvious. The next 4.5 miles are on the single track of the Flume Ride. At the end of the Flume Trail 10.5 Miles stay to the left and take the Fire Road that leads down to the Ponderosa Ranch. The Fire Road is a long and fun downhill. You are now back at your car. This is the end of the Beginners ride. 
 


 
Variation #2 (Intermediate-Advanced) 
 
 
Lake Tahoe Mountain Biking. Going through the cave on the Flume Ride
 This entails taking a right at the end of the Flume Trail instead of going down to the Ponderosa Ranch. If you decide to do this variation the total distance will be 24 miles. Here you take the road to the right, which climbs up to the Red House part of the Flume Trail. 
Lake Tahoe Mountain Biking on the Flume Trail. Here you must Portage your bike.
There is another road which vears off to the left, but bear right, this takes you onto the Red House Flume Trail. This is another great section of singletrack, which follows along the ridge without any major technical challenges or altitude changes. 
 
The Red House Dam 
lake tahoe mountain biking on the flume trail. Here Dave takes to the Air on the Flume Ride. 
Portage across the dam and continue on the trail(going right) climbing into the aspens. Here the Flume Trail changes into Forest Road 186. 
And then it changes into Forest Service Road 504 on the right. Do not go to the left or you will end up in Carson Valley, Nevada. If you find yourself doing anything other than climbing in the next mile and a half, then you’re going the wrong way. 

This part of the trail takes you from open meadows back into the forest after 750' of climbing in a mile and a half.

 
 
Lake Tahoe Mountain Biking. Riding along the Flume Trail with Sand Harbor below
On the climb there is a fork in the road stay straight. 

Once at the top you go back down to Marlette Lake. 
Enroute to Marlette there is a great grove of Aspens and lush vegetation all around. 
 

Lake Tahoe Mountain Biking. Taking Lunch on the Flume Ride.
At Marlette Lake make the climb back up the road and once at the top there is 4.5 miles of fun sandy downhill ahead, but watch your speed during busy periods. 

At Spooner Lake turn and climb up the short trail to the Spooner Lake parking lot for a total of 23 miles and 2600’ feet of climbing. 
You did it! 

 
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