Flume Trail Mountain Bikes

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    If you’re planning on mountain biking Tahoe, the Flume Trail should definitely be on your vacation bucket list!

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    Views of Lake Tahoe from the Flume Trail. Photo by Sierra28k.com.

    The views of Lake Tahoe from the Flume Trail are certainly iconic and well-documented, but nothing compares to seeing it for yourself. While not overly technical, conditions and weather can make the trail challenging, especially if you’re not prepared for the altitude. We rented hard tail, fat-tire bikes and took the shuttle from Flume Trail Mountain Bikes, which made the logistics for our day super easy.

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    Bikes on the Flume Trail Bikes shuttle. Photo by Sierra28k.com.

    The initial climb is pretty relentless, but in the fall the aspens look so pretty you don’t feel the burn in your lungs (not really).

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    Stop for lunch at Marlette Lake. You’ll want to stop anyway, after the 4.5 mile climb. Photo by Sierra28k.com.

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    Views of Sand Harbor State Park from the Flume Trail. Photo by Sierra28k.com.

    Depending on your fitness levels, plan on taking 3-6 hours for this 14 mile trip. The first third is an uphill grind, but the Flume Trail itself is pretty level. The last third back to Tunnel Creek is all downhill, and can get sandy in spots, so be mindful of conditions.

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    • Flume Trail Mountain Bikes also runs shuttles so that you can approach the Flume Trail from Tahoe Meadows. This area is also fun for exploring without your bike any time of year – from hiking in the summer to snowshoeing and cross country skiing in the winter.
    • During the summer months, relaxing at Sand Harbor after the ride is the perfect way to soothe tired muscles.
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