10 routes · Mountain Biking
This relatively non-technical trail offers incredible views of Lake Tahoe—one of the most beautiful lakes anywhere—from high on the mountainside. Despite it's non-technical nature, this trail is extremely exposed. "One slip will be your sure death," writes Tyghe Trimble in Men's Journal.
While the classic route to access the Flume Trail begins at Spooner Lake and climbs steeply up the Flume grade, a much more interesting route combination begins by riding miles and miles of one of the best sections of the Tahoe Rim Trail, beginning at Tahoe Meadows.
Rock slabs and rock gardens punctuate this section of the TRT, but overall the trail is still very intermediate-friendly... as long as you have the fitness for a few stiff, high elevation climbs. Riding the spine of the mountain range is a euphoric experience, with incredible views in all directions.
Those stiff climbs deliver up some ripping singletrack descending! Unfortunately, the singletrack downhill in this area is short-lived, with much of the elevation loss taking place on dirt roads.
Don't let that deter you, though. The Tahoe Rim Trail to Flume Trail combination is a must-ride for every mountain biker's bucket list.
Mostly stable trail tread with some variability, with unavoidable obstacles 8in/20cm tall or less. Other obstacles such as rock gullies and steep sections may exist. Ideal for lower intermediate riders.
Best time to visit
- Road sections
- Rock Slabs
- Rock Gardens