Tahoe Rim Trail & The Flume Trail - Lake Tahoe ~ Easier Ride

  • June 8, 2013 · 11:00 AM
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This is the easier ride of the two today. This ride will not do the very tough climb on the Rim Trail at mile 9. However, you will get to do the Flume Trail as an out & back giving you two chances to enjoy the awesome lake views.

The Tahoe Rim Trail is open to bikes on even days, this group will ride on the 11:30 AM shuttle.  

We will meet at 11:00 AM. Shuttle will roll at 11:30 AM even if you are not present. If you have a Yes RSVP on May 1st, you will be required to pay for your shuttle spot. There are only 14 shuttle spots. I have already reserved all 14 shuttle spots. Don't call for a spot, your RSVP is your spot.   

Ride Description:

Mt. Rose to Marlette Lake via the Flume Trail:

950 feet of climbing. 20 miles

The beginning of this beautiful section of the Tahoe Rim Trail is at 8700' above the Sheep Flats (aka Tahoe Meadows) on the Mt. Rose Highway above Incline Village.

It is often quite cool in the morning at the shuttle drop off site so bring a wind shell to start the ride. The first part of the trail parallels the highway and then descends through the meadows and briefly joins the Ophir Creek trail. Look for Rim trail signs directing you onto then after a quarter mile up and to the right of the Ophir Creek trail. If you stay on the Ophir creek trail you will end up at Davis Creek park in Washoe Valley. It is a very rough, rocky trail and a long way back to your car.

After a 300' climb out of the meadows (the biggest climb until you reach the Tunnel Creek road) you begin to contour your way to the Tunnel Creek road. There are many great vistas of Lake Tahoe as well as Washoe Lake in Nevada. The contrast between the Tahoe basin and the Great basin is startling. There are many small climbs and descents along the route toward the Tunnel Creek road in the Lake Tahoe Nevada State Park. This section is moderately technical due to the many solo rock steps. Lofting your front wheel over the steps is a very useful skill to have in your quiver.

At about nine miles, you will come to the Tunnel Creek Road (8000'). Down this road to the right a half a mile brings you to the North end of the Flume Trail. The views on the Flume trail are awesome. It is truly one of the best trails to get views of Lake Tahoe.

As you ride the Flume Trail it will take you past Marlette Lake. At this point you will relax and wait for the earlier group to meet you here. The ride will then head back along the Flume Trail to Tunnel Creek Road. Yes, you will be doing the Flume Trail twice. At the intersection at Tunnel Creek Road, it will be truly all downhill back to the cafe parking area. The road down is very sandy in places so watch your speed. Please smile and say hi to all trail users.

http://www.theflumetrail.com/                                                     An early evening ride on the Flume Trail above Lake Tahoe.

Shuttle Fee: $20

Forget about the hassles of arranging a car shuttle with your friends and take the shuttle.

Directions:

From South Lake Tahoe and the casino district, after the casino district continue north on US 50 about 12 miles to the junction of State Route 28. Turn left onto State Route 28 and proceed about 15-20 minutes north. The new bike store/cafe is located on the right.

Places to stay: http://www.therealplaces.com/hotels-on-street/CA/South%20Lake%20Tahoe/Ski%20Run%20Boulevard

Remember, all riders need to be members of Meetup.com & South Bay Mountain Bike Group. Guest are no longer allowed. All riders need to RSVP as a member.

Please remember to wear a helmet, bring water, and check that your bike is ready to ride. Also remember to carry an extra tube and a chain master link with you that fits your bike. Its ok if you need help to repair it, you will have the items needed to keep your ride going.

As organizer, I will reserve the right to change your RSVP should I feel you are not ready for this ride location. I am going to give priority seating to our regular members. How do you become a "regular" member? Simple, RSVP for rides and show up!

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  • Dikan

    I finally found some time to put together a video. It is bit (too) loooong, but it was a great long ride too.
    http://youtu.be/fj49VEdyNgQ

    2 · June 23, 2013

    • Rajneesh S.

      Awesome video, Dikan I like it... Thanks.

      June 23, 2013

  • Rajneesh S.

    This was a great ride. Though I fell down and hurt my wrist, but still I enjoined. Thanks to Ray and Michelle for making this happen. You both are great once again.

    June 11, 2013

  • larry p.

    Does anyone know if there is a name for that set of steps where both groups met overlooking the lake? Just curious to know...

    June 11, 2013

    • Michelle

      Hmmm...I don't know that there is a name for those...

      June 11, 2013

  • Carine

    One of my best rides ever! Thanks Michelle and Ray for leading the rides. Pictures are coming soon.

    June 10, 2013

  • Michelle

    What a fantastic, epic day of riding the TRT and Flume trails! It was great to see everyone enjoying the challenges the TRT brings, and the stunning views of the Flume. It's so great that we ride as a team - you all made my job easy by looking out for each other as well. A perfect day on a perfect trail with the best group around! Let's do it again!

    2 · June 10, 2013

  • Gabi

    Can it get any better? Thanks, Ray and Michelle, for organizing this ride. Perfect in terms of company, length, difficulty, variety, temperature and scenery.

    June 10, 2013

  • Suzanne

    Awesome, inspiring ride! Thanks Ray and Michelle. Singing your praises from all of my well-worked muscles ;-)

    June 9, 2013

  • Minane

    Had a fantastic time.....great people, beautiful scenery and amazing weather; couldn't ask for more! Many thanks to Ray and Michelle for making this trip possible.

    June 9, 2013

  • larry p.

    I am mentally beat, tired, but you know...I wouldn't have any other way. That was WAY fun! Thanks Ray and Michelle!

    June 8, 2013

  • Hazel

    Awesome ride! Thanks Michelle and Ray :)

    June 8, 2013

  • Michelle

    The address has been fixed. It's 1115 Tunnel Creek Road, Incline Village.

    June 8, 2013

  • Jeremy C.

    Hi Michelle,

    1115 incline Village is the meet place. Is there a name of a store to meet by? Just the parking area?

    June 7, 2013

    • Michelle

      It's Tunnel Creek Cafe

      June 8, 2013

  • Chris F.

    Can't make it due to some family issues. Really bummed I can't make this one. Have a great ride!

    June 7, 2013

  • naomi

    Melting on 580. If all of these other people would just get off my freeway, we'd be there in time for dinner.

    1 · June 7, 2013

    • larry p.

      i went through Sac early this afternoon and it was 104...

      June 7, 2013

  • Michelle

    Everyone should try to get here by 10:30 to pay for your spot, get your bike ready, and load up the shuttle. We may try to leave before 11 if everyone is here.

    2 · June 7, 2013

    • larry p.

      If I get up early enough, I might cruise around South Lake Tahoe n warm my legs up a little. :)

      June 7, 2013

  • Ray G

    Looks like the TRT is open at Mt Rose. Let's Ride!

    2 · June 6, 2013

  • Carine

    I will be in the Tahoe area this weekend. I would love to join the ride if there is a spot opening up before Friday noon.

    June 5, 2013

  • Gabi

    I will be at a cabin on the Westshore near Homewood. There is room left if anyone needs a place to stay.

    May 31, 2013

  • vincent U.

    If there is a camp plan, I will be very happy to join it.
    (but because there is two groups (I will be in the 10:30 group) we should keep in touch and maybe buitd this kind of plan together on one of the two meetup conversations)

    May 16, 2013

  • Suzanne

    If anyone gets a house or has extra rooms I'm happy to contribute, also happy to camp if someone knows of a camp site.

    May 15, 2013

  • Chris F.

    I'm planning on going up Friday afternoon. Anyone else going Friday? Where's everyone staying? Suggestions?

    May 15, 2013

  • Hazel

    I'll go!

    May 12, 2013

  • Ray G

    Two spots are now open. As started in the ride listing: As organizer, I will reserve the right to change your RSVP should I feel you are not ready for this ride location. I am going to give priority seating to our regular members. How do you become a "regular" member? Simple, RSVP for rides and show up!

    May 11, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Help me understand if I was wait listed why I'm now listed as not going. Did you never have any cancel to move a wait lister up?

    May 11, 2013

    • Ray G

      Sure, as of Friday both rides were full and like I said in the email, I will clear all wait list as I consider the rides full. Today, a few have dropped out. I no longer had a wait list to add from, so I will again take a wait list for those that will commit to go.

      May 11, 2013

  • Ray G

    Just a reminder... if you are on the "YES" RSVP list on May 1st as it states in the ride listing, you have commited to pay your shuttle fee. I have also commited to Flume Trail to reserve your seat. Let's Ride!

    April 30, 2013

  • Ed

    Camping sounds fun, but everything may be booked by now.

    April 17, 2013

  • Ziza Mares R.

    Susanne, I am interested in camping. Have you booked the site? Ziza

    April 17, 2013

  • Suzanne

    Can't wait! Is anyone interested in camping fri and sat nights?

    1 · April 16, 2013

  • Sam

    Sorry Michelle that I have to skip the ride this year since I want to focus on ADA fund raising 50K ride on June 9th Sunday. http://bit.ly/YCJphv

    April 15, 2013

  • Ray G

    Ok everyone, I have confirmed the shuttle for the ride and have updated the times. Check the ride listing for the new times. You have until May 1st to change your RSVP if needed, I will then close it and you are locked in. If you are on the wait list, you may still get in if someone drops.

    April 12, 2013

  • kate

    wonderful this will be fun fun fun! thanks Michelle!

    April 11, 2013

  • Sam

    Thanks , looking forward to the ride

    March 27, 2013

  • Hazel

    keeping my fingers crossed I get a spot. I rode the flume trail once a very long time ago. Can't wait to go again.

    March 13, 2013

  • kate

    wow what a great ride I am waiting in the wait list with high hopes of getting a spot for this ride.

    March 13, 2013

  • Rita

    It's been years since I did that trail but it sure is beautiful!

    March 12, 2013

  • Ed

    Cool I'm in! Thanks for the add, Michelle! Looking forward to it! Hoping to host an event one day on the Flume trail.

    March 12, 2013

  • gary

    Hopefully the snow is gone by then

    March 12, 2013

  • Ray G

    Yes Naomi, that is what you get with South Bay Mountain Bike Group and have ride leaders that care about it's riders.

    February 25, 2013

  • naomi

    Holy s#%t!! It's a love fest!!!LOL!:-)

    1 · February 24, 2013

  • Rajneesh S.

    Yes, great idea of this alternate route. This is like my dream come true.

    1 · February 24, 2013

  • naomi

    Great Idea!! Thanks for setting up this alternate route!! Very excited about the ride, and the group of friends that I'll be riding with!

    February 23, 2013

    • Michelle

      Naomi, you just made my day. :-)

      February 23, 2013

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