The Ride of a Lifetime
The Flume Trail—with its sweeping Lake Tahoe views, babbling streams and paths lined with shimmering Aspens—is one of Lake Tahoe's most adored mountain bike trails. The rewards are big after the first four miles of steep climbing from Spooner Lake to Marlette Lake. Once you reach Marlette, you’ll be at the peak, where a path will lead you through the Aspens and along the streams. This is a great spot to take a break, grab your lunch and enjoy a well-deserved rest overlooking sparking Lake Tahoe. When you hop back on your bike, you’ll enjoy nine easy, scenic miles as you slowly descend 1,800 feet to the bike shuttle that will whisk you back to the Bike Rental Shop.
Our Mountain Bike Rental Shop is located at Spooner Lake State Park. The park is just off of State Route 28 in Glenbrook, Nevada on the east shore of Lake Tahoe, ¾ of a mile north of the Highway 50 intersection. Once inside the park, follow the signs to the Spooner Summit General Store and Bike Rental Shop.
Our rental fleet of Kona mountain bikes at our Bike Rental Shop offers a range of bikes for all riding abilities. The last available bike rental from our shop to ride the Flume Trail is at 2:30pm, to ensure you’ll have enough time to catch the shuttle back to the rental shop at the end of the day.
At the Bike Rental Shop, you’ll receive a map and be directed to the entrance of the trail. You’ll also find way-finding maps in the parking lot to help direct you.
Biking to the Flume Trail
Although you can arrive at the Flume Trail by other trail directions, the most popular is the one-way Spooner-Marlette-Flume-Flume Trailhead ride.
The Flume Trail is 13 miles long with 1,200 feet of elevation gain before descending over 1,800 feet.
The total ride time will take you anywhere from two to four hours, based on your skill level and the number of rest breaks that you take.
Flume Trail/ SpoonerBike Shuttle
Park at Spooner State Park and ride to Marlette Lake and down the Flume Trail to our shuttle pick up near Hidden Beach. As you approach the end of the Flume Trail at the 12th mile, signs will direct you to the trailhead and the Bike Shuttle. The Shuttle departs daily at 11am, 12pm, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm, 4pm, & 5pm. The shuttle costs $15 per person or $5 off with bike rental.
Tahoe Meadows Bike Shuttle
On even days only, ride the Tahoe Rim Trail from Tahoe Meadows on the Mt. Rose Highway to the Flume Trail or back to Spooner State Park. Park your car at Spooner State Park and we will drop you off at the 9,000 MSL trailhead and either see you back at Spooner State Park or take our shuttle from the trailhead on the Flume Trail back to Spooner State Park. $15 per person, includes ride to Tahoe Meadows and return to Spooner State Park from the trailhead.
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