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TR: The Flume Trail overlooking Lake Tahoe

post #1 of 23
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I will say I have had the good fortune of experiencing some of the finer rides/trails in the Northeast and a few out here in the Tahoe "region" but none come close to The Flume Trail. I will venture to say and I am sure if I am wrong, I will be corrected but the Flume Trail is probably the most photographed mountain bike trail in (very well) the world. Bud, Chad (Lil' Bud), Trek and myself started up at Spooner Lake with 5-6 mile climb to beautiful Marlette Lake then a rim ride to the Flume Trail. Like many things I have seen in Lake Tahoe, pictures cannot justify how magnificent The Flume Trail is. One one side you have about 1000ft (almost) straight up to the sky and on the other, 2000ft which feels if you went over it, you would tumble in to many bloody pieces into the lake. Since "Keep Tahoe Blue" stickers are everywhere, the latter is not suggested. 

 

Here are some pics...

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Bud & Chad

 

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Phil, Bud & Chad at Marlette Lake

 

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Trekchick sucking wind

 

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Top of the Flume Trail

 

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Chad...Why so serious?

 

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Trek on The Flume

 

 

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Phil on The Flume (for Epic)

post #2 of 23

Love this pic !

 

Wish I could have joined you guys.  I left Tahoe today.  I agree that The Flume is one of the most beautiful rides I have ever been on.
 

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Phil on The Flume (for Epic)

 

For more pictures, check out my thread from last summer:


http://www.epicski.com/forum/thread/84795/mtb-7-1-09-tahoe-rim-trail-to-the-flume

 

Thanks,

JF

post #3 of 23

glad y'all are gettin' out and playin' in the hills...

 

welcome...

 

cerveza manana?

post #4 of 23

I need to ride that trail.  Thanks for the TR - gorgeous!

post #5 of 23

I learned a couple things on this ride........

  • I'm soooooooo out of shape
  • Tahoe is more beautiful than imagined
  • Bud is an awesome dad (and a great friend)
  • The Flume is a must do for any mt biker, and the 5 mile uphill grade is sooooooo worth it!
  • epic should mosdef get his butt out here to ride

 

JF, I remember that TR in your link.  Your TR's are inspiring!

post #6 of 23

I can't wait to get out there and ride it. I remember pics of it from MBA in 1989 or so and have always wanted to ride it. I assume it's mostly about the views and being there rather than the ride itself, but I'm sure Tahoe has plenty more to offer in that dept. Actually, now that I think about it, I wonder if Alsacia could do that ride. She'd either be hooked for life or scarred for life. Not sure which.

post #7 of 23
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I can't wait to get out there and ride it. I remember pics of it from MBA in 1989 or so and have always wanted to ride it. I assume it's mostly about the views and being there rather than the ride itself, but I'm sure Tahoe has plenty more to offer in that dept. Actually, now that I think about it, I wonder if Alsacia could do that ride. She'd either be hooked for life or scarred for life. Not sure which.


Most of the rides I do are about the views , but a lot can be added to make them more of whatever you like.  The Xterra Nationals course used to include the Flume in their championship course, 

 

Alsacia could do it. Although the climb from Spooner is steep, it is not technical.  The Flume itself is pretty flat, but there is some visual exposure.

 

JF

post #8 of 23

How steep is it? Is it a railroad grade? I think those never go over 10% (which still would be a little much for her stick legs and 7 y.o. flatlander lungs).

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How steep is it? Is it a railroad grade? I think those never go over 10% (which still would be a little much for her stick legs and 7 y.o. flatlander lungs).


Haven't been that way for a long time, IIRC it is only the final short pitch that is super steep.  You could short rope her .

 

JF

post #10 of 23

you could go from tahoe meadows too...

 

might be less of a climb

 

maybe 4ster would still recommend spooner, but rose highway is higher than 50...

 

maybe I just like the version from the meadows...

post #11 of 23

I agree splitter,  I have been going from Rose since they opened the rim trail, & then looping up to Marlette Pk., down to Marlette Lk., around to the Flume & down Tunnel Creek.  That ride may be my all time favorite.  I just think the ride from the meadows to the Flume could be a little technical for a 7 yr old.

JF
 

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you could go from tahoe meadows too...

 

might be less of a climb

 

maybe 4ster would still recommend spooner, but rose highway is higher than 50...

 

maybe I just like the version from the meadows...

post #12 of 23
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I can't wait to get out there and ride it. I remember pics of it from MBA in 1989 or so and have always wanted to ride it. I assume it's mostly about the views and being there rather than the ride itself, but I'm sure Tahoe has plenty more to offer in that dept. Actually, now that I think about it, I wonder if Alsacia could do that ride. She'd either be hooked for life or scarred for life. Not sure which.


Like JF says, the first 5 miles are climb climb climb, much of which is low grade, but it has some steep sections at the end before getting to the actual flume.  I've been out here two weeks and my lungs were burning, and my bike legs kinda suck this summer.   

The total ride was about 22 miles from spooner lake and back.  It was a lot of ride to break me in out here, though I wouldn't have missed it for the world.  I'm not sure Alsacia could do the whole thing without being too fatigued.  Give her a couple years.  In the meanwhile get your butt out here to ride!

Oh and did I mention that this is an incredible ride, with the most fantastic views, not to mention the ride back down that long grade is a lot of WHoooo hooooo!

I would love to get together with you splitter and do some exploring. 

 

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you could go from tahoe meadows too...

 

might be less of a climb

 

maybe 4ster would still recommend spooner, but rose highway is higher than 50...

 

maybe I just like the version from the meadows...


Edited by Trekchick - 10/22/10 at 8:37am
post #13 of 23

I've never really done it as an out and back from spooner...

 

I've mainly done it as a shuttle from tahoe meadows down to ponderosa ranch at lake level via tunnel creek road...

 

thomas creek is good mountain biking close to town...

 

and damn fine dog walkin' too

 

post #14 of 23
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I've never really done it as an out and back from spooner...

 

I've mainly done it as a shuttle from tahoe meadows down to ponderosa ranch at lake level via tunnel creek road...

 

thomas creek is good mountain biking close to town...

 

and damn fine dog walkin' too

 

I would like to try it from Rose Meadows one day, Bud said it is a 6 hour ride. I am not sure Ziggy is up for that long of a hike, 6-8 miles seems to be his max. 
 

post #15 of 23

beautiful!  thanks for sharing... 

post #16 of 23


no sir, I mean  thomas creek is some damn fine dog walkin'...

 

that's as long as you wanna make it...
 

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I am not sure Ziggy is up for that long of a hike, 6-8 miles seems to be his max. 
 

post #17 of 23
Thread Starter 

Is anyone up for Rose Highway next week? We could leave a shuttle down by the lake? 

post #18 of 23
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Haven't been that way for a long time, IIRC it is only the final short pitch that is super steep.  You could short rope her .

 

JF


 

 I could use the restince training. Most likely A's head will get hit off something, even if going uphill.

post #19 of 23

Here are views from the Flume:

 

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Sand Harbor 5.jpg

 

Yes, it's a VERY SPECIAL place!!!

post #20 of 23

I'm interested Phil.  Let me know.  Hopefully it will be a little bit drier than this weekend!

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I'm interested Phil.  Let me know.  Hopefully it will be a little bit drier than this weekend!


Hopefully it will be covered with snow next weekend.

JF
 

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Hopefully it will be covered with snow next weekend.

JF
 


Looking that way at the moment!

 

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post #23 of 23

Definatley worth going up and over the top starting from Tahoe Meadows, the views are spectacular. Marletteandtahoe.jpg

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