Carved into the side of a steep granite spire overlooking Lake Tahoe, the Flume Trail begins at Spooner Lake State Park. The first section is a 1,100’ climb that tops out at Marlette Lake at 8,157’ and follows the same path where wooden square-box flumes once delivered water to Virginia City in the late 1800s. Keep a sharp eye on the trail – on one side are boulders the size of Volkswagens and on the other side is a 1,600’ bumpy drop to Sand Harbor.
Type: Mountain biking
Distance: 26.2 miles round trip
Trailhead: Spooner Lake in Lake Tahoe Nevada State Park
Elevation Gain: About 1,000'
Difficulty: Intermediate to advanced
Getting there: From Reno, take U.S. 395 south to U.S. 50. Go west to State Route 28.