Marlette Lake & The Flume Trail

Flume Trail Lake Tahoe Location: Spooner Summit
Level: Strenuous
Total Distance: 5 miles to Marlette Lake, 23-mile loop Flume Trail

Located in Lake Tahoe Nevada State Park, this popular trail is often crowded in the summer.

Challenging even the expert rider, the trail begins east of the picnic area near Spooner Lake. Turn left on the dirt road that heads toward the meadow and follow a sandy road for five miles to Marlette Lake. Turn left across the dam.

With magnificent views of Lake Tahoe, this single-track trail lies 1,500 feet above the lake. Remember to wear your safety helmet.

Do not attempt this route if you are afraid of heights or unfamiliar with your bike.

The trail ends at Tunnel Creek Road. To make a loop, turn right and ride to the top of the ridge. You will reach Twin Lakes in one-half mile. Seven-tenths of a mile past the lake sign, turn right or continue to the next main road and turn right. Turn right again on Forest Service Road 504, climb the ridge and where the road forks, continue straight to Marlette Lake. Take SR 28 to the Spooner Lake parking lot at Lake Tahoe Nevada State Park. A parking fee is charged.

If you take two cars, be advised that limited parking is available at Tunnel Creek Road by the Ponderosa Ranch.

Tahoe Mountain Sports recommended gear: sunscreen for sports and a good biking backpack

TMS Pro Pick: Black Diamond Headlamps

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