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.
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.
Shuttle Fee: $20
Forget about the hassles of arranging a car shuttle with your friends and take the shuttle.
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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