The Flume Trail

MODERATE 41 reviews

The Flume Trail is a 12.9 mile moderately trafficked point-to-point trail located near Glenbrook, Nevada that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for trail running and mountain biking and is best used from June until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

12.9 miles
1286 feet
Point to Point

dogs on leash

mountain biking

trail running





Tough 3 mile climb from tunnel creek but absolutely beautiful and breath taking views all the way to spooner and past Marlette. Bring lots of water on hot days, pack a snack and plan to take a dip in Marlette. One of my favourite trails in Tahoe.
Be careful on narrow path along cliff edges, MTB tend to ride like crazy people. Only room for one bike at a time. Me and my daughter almost got run over by some speed bikers on very narrow part overlooking sand harbor.

trail running
6 months ago

Ran the trail yesterday. Thought it would be busy due to the holiday weekend but it wasn't crowded. Snow is off the trail near Marlette lake now.

7 months ago

This is the most beautiful mtn bike trail I have ever ridden on. Breathtaking views of Tahoe with awesome rocky cliffs

9 months ago

awesome views throughout

mountain biking
11 months ago

Starts with steep climb but it's worth the effort. Beautiful views of the lake with some narrow nerve testing parts

mountain biking
Tuesday, August 30, 2016

First 3.5 miles is a big up hill. But the ride down was a blast.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Gorgeous views of Lake Tahoe below.

Saturday, June 18, 2016

This was a great hike!! There was a lot of snow when we went witch made it difficult, but the view was all worth it(:

mountain biking
Sunday, May 15, 2016

Loved it!! Still a lot of snow to trek through 5/13/16. The Flume Trail was 95% rideable. It's going to take a couple weeks for the snow to melt away around the lake area.

mountain biking
Sunday, August 09, 2015

It is spectacular. Great views of Lake Tahoe. Really good trail

mountain biking
Sunday, July 19, 2015

Amazing ride!!

Wednesday, October 01, 2014

Nice easy walk with gorgeous views. Lots of neat little coves and beaches along the way. The only drawback is the noise from Hwy 28.

trail running
Friday, January 17, 2014

Among the most scenic trails in the region, absolutely gorgeous! Mostly a flat single track. Mountain bikers love this stretch of trail as well.

mountain biking
Friday, July 19, 2013

Not for the weak of heart. Quite a grunt to get to Marlette Lake. Then a single track with cliff drops all the way down the flume. The views are SPECTACULAR! Definitely worth carrying the bike for part of the "ride"!

mountain biking
Sunday, August 19, 2012

This mountain bike trip on the east side of Lake Tahoe is an adventure, starting from Spooner Lake State Park and 4 miles uphill to the top of a ridge above Marlette Lake (about half is fairly flat, but we had to walk our bikes in several places - better conditioned riders can do the whole thing, and after the top of the ridge you can ride most of the way except for crossing landslide areas), 2.4 miles down to and along the length of Marlette Lake to the start of the 4.4 mile Flume and going right alongside the Tahoe Rim trail above Sand Beach and then to a 3 mile sandy (and treacherous if going too fast when you hit the deep sandy spots - watch out!) Tunnel Creek road to the Ponderosa and a shuttle that will take you back to the Flume Trail Bike shop at Spooner Lake. It was a cloudy and slightly rainy day, the trail down from the top of the ridge to and along Marlette Lake was a good breather before hitting the narrow Flume trail. All of us had at least one wipeout near the bottom of the sandy Tunnel Road but no major injuries. Would do it again!

Friday, July 08, 2011

If you start this trail at Spooner Lake, you would reach Marlette Lake at 4 1/2 miles. Marlette is incredible. It is surrounded by firs and aspen forests. It is almost 2 miles long and 1/2 mile wide. Starting from Spooner Lake, the ascent is much gentler than starting from Tunnel Creek Station. It is possible to cut off about 5 miles by starting at a trail that begins at the parking lot on the east side of Highway 28, about 2 miles south of Sand Harbor. The trail head begins behind the first green gate (as you enter the parking area) and stays on the right side of the stream for 1 mile. The first mile is very steep, but is groomed trail. At 1 mile there is a small footbridge and clear cold water that is so refreshing. About one mile beyond the footbridge there is a junction in the trail at 119 54' 44.2'W and 39 09' 54.6" N. At the junction, the trail to the left is not as well marked as the main trail. It leads directly to the spillway of Marlette Lake. From there, heading south on the Flume Trail, Spooner Lake is about 5 miles.

The Flume Trail Shuttle runs between Spooner Lake and the Ponderosa Ranch, so you don't need two cars to do this point-to-point. The cost of the shuttle is $10 if you rent a bike from the Flume Trail Bike Tours at Spooner Lake, or $15 if you don't. The last shuttle is at 4:40 pm from Spooner and at 5:00 pm from the Ponderosa. They run seven days a week every hour.

Fishing at Marlette is catch and release, artificial lures with barbless hooks. I haven't fished it yet, but I saw some nice fish jumping near the spillway.

Friday, July 30, 2010

Stunning views of Lake Tahoe. Overlooking Sand Harbor.

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