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

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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'

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.


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:

Remember, all riders need to be members of & 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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