The Flume Trail is a 12.8 mile heavily trafficked point-to-point trail located near Glenbrook, Nevada that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, trail running, and mountain biking and is best used from May until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 12.8 miles Elevation Gain: 1,420 feet Route Type: Point to Point

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mountain biking
snow
1 month ago

Still 2-3 weeks away from being rideable. Too many snowfields to cross yet.

hiking
7 months ago

Most beautiful and only slighlty intimidating mountain bike ride ever! Grinning from ear to ear riding along the cliff. Unbeliebable views. Long climb up to Marlette Lake from Spooner. Fun ride down Tunnel Creek road, then enjoyed a terrific Rueben at the cafe at the bottom. :)

mountain biking
7 months ago

Beautiful trail. Virtually nothing technical so boring for downhill guys or Northstar regulars. 4 mile workout uphill at the beginning. Then you reach the summit and everything is flat and again non technical for roughly 8 miles of easy Singletrack with incredible views of Lake Tahoe. Last 2 miles is some fun downhill. Take the shuttle from Tunnel Creek. I won’t do it again because of the lack of anything technical but I am glad I did it. Gorgeous views.

mountain biking
9 months ago

Great trail. Easy ride.

hiking
9 months ago

Fun hike. Beautiful lake just right for a picnic and soak. The views of Lake Tahoe are spectacular. Bike shop/shuttle works out good. Cold beer and snack at the cafe when you’re done. Recommend this trail.

hiking
10 months ago

Awesome for mountain biking. Hope to do it again someday.

hiking
11 months ago

hiking back with Sherri and Chris

hiking
Wed Oct 24 2018

I hiked on October 13th, 2018. We just had it right for the treat! Breath taking fall colors and stunning views of Lake Tahoe. I think this is one of the best views I have ever seen.

running
Thu Oct 18 2018

First & only trail run in Lake Tahoe and boy did I pick a good one. The first mile is nice little warm up and then it's awn! Get ready for a 1K hill climb for the next 3 miles going from 7200' to 8150'. The view of Marlette Lake at the top is very rewarding and picturesque. When you get to this lake stop to take it in and then get back on the trail with a sharp dog-leg turn on the left. After 6 miles you get to the damn and the trailhead sign for The Flume. Go straight past this sign, curve around to wooden bridge and then the trail spits you out the other side with breathtaking views of Lake Tahoe. Here's where you can get some speed (if you want), but I had to stop a couple times to get some pics. The view is just too good to only look down at the trail the whole time. 8.5 miles in is where they're doing construction on landslide repair (which is supposed to be done), but they let everyone pass once it was clear. At 10.4 miles you come to a junction. Go straight down to arrive at the bike shop & shuttle. Here's where you can turn it on and really crank out some speed. I was hitting low-to-sub 5's and it's some good speed trail running. Stay to the left and keep going down all the way to the parking lot, but when you pass a sign on the left with a left dog-leg turn, STAY STRAIGHT. Don't take that turn. It spits you out about a mile North of the bike shop, which is where you can get a shuttle ride back to your car at Spooner. This turned my 13-mile run into 14 miles, but at least it was flat ;-) Great trail with good hills, spectacular views, and some good speed work. For an even tougher challenge take the Marlette Lake trail about a mile in on your left to drop you into the trail around Marlet Lake. NOTE: they were doing logging work when I was there and the Spooner trail around Spooner Lake was closed, but the trail to The Flume and Marlette Lake is open. Also remember to have $10 cash for parking at Spooner Lake Campground and $16 for the shuttle ride, but you can use a card at the bike shop for the shuttle. You may want to confirm the shuttle ride too before going to ensure you actually have a ride back b/c that's not always guaranteed.

Tue Oct 16 2018

The views were worth the trek! 4 miles up hill is no joke, but by the end you forget all about it!

Fri Sep 14 2018

Super hard for novice biker but beautiful and fun. be careful and prepared.

mountain biking
Sat Sep 08 2018

Very smooth and well kept trails. Not too much elevation change, so it is an easy going trail.

Thu Aug 16 2018

Amazing!

mountain biking
Sat Jul 14 2018

Really fun trail, there is some traffic though.

mountain biking
Thu Jun 07 2018

Bucket list material!

Fri Apr 27 2018

Tough climb but breathtaking views!

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.

running
Sun Jul 02 2017

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.

Thu Jun 22 2017

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

Wed Apr 05 2017

awesome views throughout

mountain biking
Thu Feb 09 2017

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

mountain biking
Tue Aug 30 2016

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

hiking
Tue Jul 19 2016

Gorgeous views of Lake Tahoe below.

hiking
Sat Jun 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
Sun 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
Sun Jul 19 2015

Amazing ride!!

hiking
Wed Oct 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.

running
Fri Jan 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
Fri Jul 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
Sun Aug 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!

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