The Tahoe Flume Trail Mountain Bike Map

Guide to the best mountain bike trails on the Nevada side of Lake Tahoe

Area Summary
Location: Northeast Lake Tahoe
Best For: Intermediate riders
Suitable For: Strong beginners and better
Ground Cover: Evergreen forests, rock fields, lakes
Seasons: Summer through fall. Some trails maintain snowpack into July.

Anchored by the world-famous Tahoe Flume Trail, the mountains rimming the northeast quadrant of Lake Tahoe offer some great trails for riders of all abilities. The Flume Trail rightly claims a place as one of the premier mountain bike rides in the United States. A flat ribbon of single-track clinging to the side of a steep hillside (can you say cliff?), the Flume Trail offers amazing views of Lake Tahoe some 2,000 feet below.

The trail itself isn't that difficult. However, please be aware of three factors that make it harder than it seems: 1. It requires a tough, though scenic, four-mile climb to reach the trailhead. 2. This may be a harrowing ride if you fear heights or are uncertain of your bike- handling skills. 3. Summer weekends are crowded.

There are a number of options available for those who want the Flume experience. Strong (and intrepid) beginners and intermediates can take Tunnel Creek Road down to the lake and pick up a shuttle back to Spooner Lake. For advanced riders, the Flume Trail conveniently parallels and connects to the more technical Tahoe Rim Trail, allowing for a great loop ride.

The Tahoe Flume is just one of the huge variety of mountain biking spots that the Northern Sierra has to offer. Discover more great rides.

Tahoe-Nevada Bike Trails

Tahoe Rim Trail - Mostly moderate single-track through forest, shrubs and rock fields. Some steep hike-a-bike sections.

Flume Trail - Flat ribbon of single-track perched along steep mountainside. Awesome views of Lake Tahoe. Very exposed in places.

Red House Flume Trail - Flat single-track

Hobart Road - Steep fire road connects Red House Flume to Martlette Lake

North Canyon Road - Scenic fire road through aspens and meadows. Gets steep at four-mile mark.

Directions to trailhead(s):

From Incline Village head south for 11.5 miles on Hwy. 28. The entrance to Spooner Lake is on the left. From Stateline, NV, head north on Hwy. 50 for 12 miles. Go left on Hwy. 28. The entrance to Spooner Lake is a half mile up on your right.