Tahoe Rim Trail ~ Flume Trail ~ Spooner Lake @ Lake Tahoe

  • October 12, 2013 · 10:15 AM
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The weather forecast shows sunshine with highs in the 60's.

We will meet at the Spooner Lake Day Use Area to park. Small fee to park.

Let's Ride This One Again!

The Tahoe Rim Trail is open to bikes on even days, we will ride this on Saturday October 12th and take the 10:45 AM shuttle from Spooner area to the Rim Trail. You must be ready to load your gear by 10:30!  

Ok, just so we are clear... All riders will need to call Flume Trail Bikes ([masked]) and pay them for your shuttle spot. I do not plan to reserve any spots. Tell them you are with the South Bay Mountain Bike Group.

We will meet at 10:15 AM. Shuttle will pick us up from the Spooner area at 10:45 AM and leave even if you are not present. There are a limited number of shuttle spots. You will need to call and pay for your seat. [masked] 

Ride Description:

Mt. Rose to Spooner 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 left 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 we ride the Flume Trail it will take us past Marlette Lake. A short but for some reason tough climb leads out of the Marlette basin and then it is a 4 mile downhill back to Spooner Lake (7000'). Mind the speed limits on this descent. If horse contacts cyclist, guess who will win. Please smile and say hi to all trail users.

Starting elevation: 8700'







Finish elevation: 7080'

http://www.theflumetrail.com/                                                    

An early evening ride on the Flume Trail above Lake Tahoe.

Shuttle Fee: $20

The shuttle departures for the Tahoe Meadows Rim Trail trailhead on the Mount Rose Highway from Spooner Lake State Park area.

Forget about the hassles of arranging a car shuttle with your friends and take the shuttle. Please call [masked] for reservations. Reservations are strongly recommended on the weekend.

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 3/4 mile north. Park at the first driveway on the right, inside the Spooner Lake day use area.

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

    Better late then never:)
    I finally got around making a video clip of the ride. Thanks Ray and Michelle for organizing this great ride.
    http://youtu.be/iidcw1EJHUw

    1 · November 27, 2013

    • Joe S.

      That came out great Dikan! - Nice job of editing. Thanks - I'm sure that took a while.

      1 · November 27, 2013

    • Nancy

      Thanks for posting the video Dikan, it brings back great memories! Wish I could be riding up there right now!

      November 29, 2013

  • naomi

    Wow! Thanks to all the wonderful photographers for documenting this epic ride. Can't wait to go back. In fact, maybe I won't. This Friday is looking like an excellent day to play hooky... Seriously.

    October 14, 2013

    • tekster

      I'd easily be coaxed into joining you.

      October 15, 2013

  • larry p.

    Wow, great pics! You guys did some great work that day! Glad you all had a fantastic time out there. :)

    October 14, 2013

  • Ray G

    Hey Ali, Pam & Sonny don't forget to call Flume Trail and pay your shuttle fee because you bailed after the RSVP's closed. Oh, Pam they rent bikes there also.

    October 11, 2013

    • SONNY R.

      Hi Ray, sorry had to cancell for family emergency.

      October 11, 2013

    • Ali

      Ray, I had called flume bikes way ahead of time and had canceled, they were completely fine, and no issues. Thx

      October 14, 2013

  • Michelle

    I'm still chuckling over what Naomi said when I fell the second time in a short stretch of trail: "What did you do now?" All I could do was laugh and say "I don't @$$% know!" It didn't end up being my best day of riding, but I didn't let it get me down. How could I, with such an awesome group of friends to ride with and incredible views? The changing colors of the aspens and the powdered sugar snow were breathtaking. What a beautiful time of year to ride. So glad we squeezed this one in.

    2 · October 14, 2013

  • Joe S.

    This was like three rides in one - each section with a different feel, challenge and views. Loved the challenge of the Rim trail obstacles but the Marlette top Spooner Lake views were just stunning. Our group rode well together and I appreciated the chance to get to visit the TRT once more this year!

    1 · October 14, 2013

  • Ray G

    This is such a nice ride. It was great to get the second visit in before the trails closed for the winter. Awesome group to ride with, we just took our time and had such fun. This will be one of our top places again in 2014.

    2 · October 14, 2013

  • larry p.

    Looking forward to seeing the photos!

    October 13, 2013

  • naomi

    We started the ride on lush trails surrounded by a dusting of snow. And we finished it riding through yellow tunnels of Aspens. In between were sparkling views of Lake Tahoe, technical descents, and fun conversations. Joe and Ray even showed off with daring feats to entertain us all! Check out the photos!! All in all, it was a magical day.

    2 · October 13, 2013

  • pam l.

    Having bike problems :( unfortunately I wont be able to make the ride .

    October 11, 2013

  • Ali

    I had the flu shot yesterday, am feeling it today. I have to cancel unfortunately.

    October 11, 2013

  • Mike V.

    Is anyone staying at the Lakeside Inn this trip?

    October 9, 2013

    • Mike V.

      I got the green light today but I still haven't ridden my bike yet...might run out to Arastradaro tonight to see how it feels. If I can grip and brake well then I might very well try to make the trip...I'm having serious bike withdrawal.

      5 · October 9, 2013

    • Mike V.

      And no Ray...they are closed ;) But I'll be back!

      October 9, 2013

  • Ray G

    Anyone else up for Tahoe this weekend?

    1 · October 8, 2013

  • Ali

    Are there any plans to carpool from the bay area?

    October 7, 2013

  • naomi

    Wow! Forecast for South Lake Tahoe shows overnight temperatures in the 20's! Maybe even snow at the higher elevations just before we arrive - that'd be fun! do they make snow tires or chains for mtn bikes? LOL!

    2 · October 6, 2013

    • naomi

      LOL! Found some interesting articles on how to make your own spiked tires!! And debates re whether to run the screws from the inside out or the outside in! Glad that I don't commute on my bike somewhere that this debate is relevant!! ;-) Tahoe's going to be fun, whether the weather gives us mud or snow! Or just more fall sunshine!!

      1 · October 7, 2013

    • Michelle

      Forecasts are starting to show that it might just be some midweek rain. That should make the trails nice for us by Saturday! All the same, it will be a chilly start. Bring layers and your camera for the fall colors at Marlette Lake. So looking forward to this ride!

      1 · October 7, 2013

  • Gabi

    Soon, people, soon.....:)
    Cast comes off tomorrow!

    4 · October 6, 2013

    • naomi

      Yay! Happy to hear that you're healing up. We've missed you!!!

      1 · October 6, 2013

  • Diane

    talk about short notice!

    1 · October 2, 2013

    • Ray G

      Short notice... it's 10 days away! Short notice would have been this weekend. I did give you a clue it may happen soon. Let's Ride!

      October 3, 2013

  • larry p.

    AAGGH! Short notice...and it's now college and NFL football photo work for me (slaps head)... Have fun!

    1 · October 2, 2013

  • tekster

    Man, this was a BEAUTIFUL ride! Sorry I can't make it that day.

    October 2, 2013

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