Diamond Peak via North Flume Trail is a 7.8 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Incline Village-Crystal Bay, Nevada that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, nature trips, and cross country skiing and is best used from May until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Length7.8 miElevation gain941 ftRoute typeLoop
dog friendlyCross-country skiingHikingNature tripsForestViewsWildflowersWildlife
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Looking for a flat yet scenic hike perfect for novice hikers and/or flat-land visitors? You'll love this historic hike. A flat hike along the Northern Flume, then a quick descent down the Diamond Peak ski resort. First half of hike is largely shaded with beautiful stream crossings. Second half of the hike has dynamite views down the Incline Creek drainage to Lake Tahoe.

This is a shuttle hike, although you could also do this as an in/out hike turning around at POI 8 or 10. For shuttling, first drop a car at the upper parking lot at the Diamond Peak Ski Resort. Then drive along Fairview Drive to NV431 to just past the dog-leg scenic overlook. A couple hundred yards up from the overlook, you'll find two parking options... a dirt spot for a few cars on the right... or a larger pull-out area across the road on the left.

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Rina Raman
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Snowy snd icy - went out 3 miles and back. Snow was too deep to continue on loop.

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Lynn White
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Gorgeous trail even with poor lake visibility. Can’t wait to do it next time we come up. Personally, I’d go counterclockwise. The slog up with ski slopes isn’t fun, but you’ll enjoy the trek down more this way and it’s going to be steep anyways. Slopes are sandy so going down clockwise would be slippery.

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Haley St. Dennis
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Absolutely fantastic! Even in the smoke. Amazing trail for pups - creeks every mile or so. An undulating stroll for much, and then a good climb at the end to get you sweaty

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Mena Spodobalski
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This trail is beautiful! So many different terrains. Lots of amazing granite and flowers and views of Lake Tahoe. Even through the smoke it was ahhhmazing! Won’t lie the last 1.5 miles was the 800 feet of climbing. Phew! But would do it again!!

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Jake Fauver
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Lovely hike with nice views. First several miles are easy to cruise until you reach the ski slopes. One important note, as already commented on by Mitchell, there's a mistake on the AllTrails map once you reach the base lodge at the bottom of the ski hills. DON'T turn right up the hill before the lodge - that's not actually where the trail picks up. Instead, walk past the lodge as if you were heading to the street through the parking lot. In the right corner of the parking lot is where the trail continues. Rest of hike has slight incline, but not difficult.

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John Rosenthal
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The flume trail is spectacular, one of my all time favorites, with views of the lake throughout its length. The descent down to the base of the ski lodge is a disappointment though as there’s no shade, the terrain is sliding sand, and view is of ski lift sheds and equipment. A better way to do this hike is to just go out and back on the Flume trail (you can go up to 5 miles each way). Or if you want some elevation gain, start at the base lodge and climb the Tyrolian trail until it intersects with the Flume trail and then trim right and take it as far as you like before doubling back. Benefit of doing it this way is the large parking lot at the base lodge. No need to scramble across the highway there.

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Mitchell R.
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DO NOT FOLLOW THE TRAIL ON THE SOUTH WEST CORNER. I ended up getting both shoes soaked tried to cross streams by incorrectly followed the AllTrails map. From the random corner in the SW, connect to the official trail in the area - do not try to follow the AllTrails variation higher up in the trail - its a disaster. Otherwise the trail is wonderful!

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Sylvia Carlson
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Amazing trail. Started out on diamond peak ski trail ,but totally missed the turn to head down the ski slope. checked the map and it was taking me to tunnel bridge, which added another 4 miles to the hike. incredible views. lots of shade and flat trail. mountain bikes share the trail but are extremely polite.

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Kristy Williams
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Very nice trail. Missed the turn going down the slope and continued on the flume trail for about a mile. End of hike was a good heart work out uphill

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Sasha Reber
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Mel Talbot
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We hiked 8.85 miles up & down through the snow, streams, mud, gravel, rocks and even boulders. The trickiest part are following the map to loop back and crossing the snow by the ski slope with a 6ft drop next to the trail that you cant see because it is all covered with snow ... Not an easy trail at all but the fantastic views along the way was worth it! We will get back here for sure over the summer!

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Chibi Techu
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This is one of the most rewarding trails for the least amount of work. Often, trails offer one incredible view, however this trail just keeps on giving. The only part that is not that great is right near the ski lift, but that's about it. So many fantastic views on this trail.

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Lurana Cancilla
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Great trails, lovely scenic views. If you look carefully, you can spot pieces of the old flumes.

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Blythe Lehmann
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We started from the Mt Rose Rd on the flume trail. We headed all the way to where it ended via gps. You can follow it the same way back or hook up the Diamond Peak trail. The flume trail was awesome beautiful views of he lake, crossed 5 brooks, flowers, views and it was pretty much shaded. At the end we thought why not do a loop and connect to the Diamond Peak trail that leads you back to almost where we started on the flume trail.. Big mistake via my phone gps. My map told us to head down the ski run roads into the ski resort parking lot. It was only by mistake that I found a trail leading out of the back. It was All up hill back to the flume trail. Was not fun 9.5 miles. We would do he flume trail again for sure

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Fabiola Fujiwara
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Not an easy trail at all! The map sent us to the bike trail, but the hike is beautiful and great views of the lake.

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Heidi Bylsma
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We used the GPS and information sent to my phone via the app and never found the correct place to park. The Google Map indicated we hadn't gone far enough. The directions to the trail head told us we were 800 feet away approaching and then told us we were 1200 feet away and so on. Never found it. We did find a trail...but it wasn't the right one, apparently. I think the best way to describe how to find the start of the trail is to say the Lake Tahoe side as 431 curves around and if you are off by just a bit in where you start looking for the trail, you might do what we did. East of 431 will be on the side away from Tahoe. I have no doubt that this is a great trail for those who can find it and, frankly, I am not sure what was so difficult about it for us. There is an overlook looking at Lake Tahoe. Perhaps referencing that in the directions would be good as that is about the place where 431 horse-shoes back on itself. East of 431 after that overlook (with the big stone thing that has a bunch of plaques on it) is toward the Lake a bit. And not on the left side of 431, either...it is on the right as you head up the hill! If there are any suggestions for finding this location, I would welcome the chance to have a look again.

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Eden Daniels
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J Z
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Jonathan Wibberley
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Jennifer Butler
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Christian Praszkowicz
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Kathryn Knight
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Renee Vento
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Ilana Hertz
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Loryn Rae
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Heather C W
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Gavin Buck
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