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“Easy ride, world renown views”
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Flume Trail
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Owner description: Picturesque and narrow dirt bike trail with views of Lake Tahoe.
Reviewed July 15, 2012

Can't beat this ride which takes you along the flume trail. It's sits above the lake a couple thousand feet. Looking down while riding along is amazing. So many variations in blues within the waters below. Not difficult and something you have to do if you have mountain bikes.

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Reviewed July 5, 2012

My wife and I wanted to moutain bike during the first part of our Honeymoon when staying in North Lake Tahoe. The Flume Trail was highly recommended and so we gave it a shot. Our ride quickly went from enjoying to surviving as this trail was much more demanding than expected of described. We are both quite fit (cross-training exercise 3-4x/week minimum) and casually road bike fairly frequently. Unfortunately, we spent a good deal of time walking our bikes secondary to the steep climbs, sandy terrain, and occasional technical turns.

No doubt the views are divine but after all the toil it takes to get to them (+/- 8 miles) we were in less of an admiring mood. However, the rental shop at Spooner Lake was great and the equipment was also nice. The shuttle service back to the trail head is a must unless you want to spend another three hours +/- getting back.

Overall, our biggest disappointment was that we felt misinformed about the degree of difficulty. I can say with confidence that if we had better understood the challenge it would be, we definitely would have passed on this ride. Bottom line: If you attempt for the first time, understand that it will take more effort than you probably expect!

10  Thank T-cells
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Reviewed June 21, 2012

This is the perfect vacation bike ride, it's easy to rent bikes at trail head with nice people at Spooner lake, ride the trail then take their shuttle back to shop (google 'flume bike trail' for rental info). A dirt road climbs for 4 miles and goes around small lake, a trail descends the 'flume' for ~5 miles then a very sandy steep roadbed goes down to the shuttle pickup. I'm 50 year old intermediate biker (couple of 2 hour rides a week and the gym) and made it up the climb fine with a few stops. The scenery on the whole trip is good, on flume part of trail the views of the lake are awesome. The flume trail hugs side of mountain (it is an old flume bed once used as water source for Virginia City) but pretty buff and not very steep or difficult. You would fall a looong way if you fell off the trail but the chances are slim (the shuttle driver says he doesn't know of anyone that has taken this route but said injuries do occur going down the sandy road at the end). The only scary part for me was the 40 foot walk through the landslide area. If I did it again I would start at Spooner Lake and at end of the flume part of trail turn around and ride back to trail head. If you plan to do turn-around option get an early start in order to avoid the crowds on the trail. I think the bike rental shop is moving from Spooner to the end of the trail in July 2012.

3  Thank piddlerexpert
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Reviewed April 5, 2012

The Flume Trail is almost always ranked as one of the top ten mountain bike rides in America. It starts at Spooner Lake in Lake Tahoe Nevada State Park on the east shore. If you can take your eyes off the single track that traverses the slopes 2000' above Lake Tahoe, the views across the lake are truly spectacular. For a biker, this ride is not to be missed. The Spooner Lake Outdoor Company, a concessionaire in the state park, offers a shuttle service from the end of the ride back to your car.

3  Thank RenoBill
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Reviewed October 2, 2011

Hard to imagine anyplace with more scenic bike ride than this. The 1000 foot vertical ascent at the beginning makes the following few hours of flat, precarious riding feel earned. Well worth the money and we might even consider this ride again. If you're clumsy or afraid of heights, this is not the ride for you; there were a few locations where one wrong move would have you falling head first down the steep embankment, likely to your demise. It made it all the more thrilling to us. :)

2  Thank novacanuck
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