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Ride the Flume Trail and Tahoe Rim Trail

About 1 month(s) ago by Donner Lake Village

Get off grid and kick up dirt mountain biking in Lake Tahoe! Break free and push yourself riding the Flume Trail and the Tahoe Rim Trail – two distinct Tahoe Mountain bike rides. Earn your racing stripes and unleash your inner cyclopath careening over rock gardens, bombing down hills, and practicing stoppies.

Rent bikes or bring your own!

Flume Trail Bikes in Incline Village is your go-to shop for front and full suspension mountain bike rentals! Leave your clunker at home and book a single day or multi day rental with helmet, pump and spare tube included. Check out their selection of demo bikes for sale and dust one up before taking it home.

Flume Trail Bikes is located behind Tunnel Creek Café in Incline Village. Max Jones, a two-time National Mountain Bike Champion and Mountain Bike Hall of Fame Member, owns and operates the shop. Shuttles from the shop to the trailheads cost just $18 and are running at half capacity to comply with social distancing guidelines. Everyone wears a mask while onboard, seats are wiped down between trips, and hand sanitizer is available.

Flume Trail

The famous Flume Trail is known for unrivaled views of Lake Tahoe. This one way 14-mile trail at 7000-8000 ft in elevation is moderately difficulty and a lot of fun! With 1000 ft of climbing in the first 4 miles and 4.5 miles of single track, riders will enjoy the ups and downs of the landscape.

The trail begins at Lake Spooner State Park with a canopy of aspens and evergreens before opening to a huge valley surrounded by mountains. After riding through meadows, the trail climbs to Marlette Lake where riders can take a dip! Then it snakes through single track and granite walls to stunning views of Sand Harbor before a steep descent back to the bike shop. It's one of the best mountain biking trails in Lake Tahoe and definitely worth the ride!

Tahoe Rim Trail

The Tahoe Rim Trail is chalk full of small climbs and descents with beautiful views of Lake Tahoe and Washoe Lake in Nevada. This 14-40 mile trail begins at 8700 feet above Tahoe Meadows on the Mt. Rose Highway. The trail runs parallel with the highway, then descends through the meadows, over the bridge and briefly joins the Ophir Creek Trail. After a 265 ft climb out of the meadows, riders contour their way to Tunnel Creek road.

This challenging trail requires riders to loft their front wheel over the many solo rock steps before descending just over 3 miles back to the bike shop. For riders wanting more than 14 miles, they'll continue on the TRT over Marlette Peak at 900 ft climbing from Tunnel Creek Road then downhill to Marlette Lake. They'll ride around Marlette to the Flume Trail following it to Tunnel Creek road where they'll descend to the bike shop.

Fuel up at Tunnel Creek Café

After bombing the hill at the end of the trail, dismount and get ready to smash tasty burgers and grilled sandwiches at Tunnel Creek Café! The café boasts 8 beers on tap and their spacious decks set the scene for ultimate relaxation after an adrenaline-pumping ride. Fuel up before the start of your ride with takeaway coffee and delicious breakfast. The Tunnel Creek Café is a great place to start and end your mountain bike adventure.

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