When: Friday September 21, 2007
Time: 8:00 am to 2:00 pm including travel time
Starting Point: Mont Bleu Hotel
Workshop Description: This great ride begins at the Spooner Lake day use area in the Lake Tahoe Nevada State Park on the east side of Lake Tahoe. Look for signs leading you to the Flume Trail from this parking area via the North Canyon Road. This road runs past the old shepherd's hut, then gives way to rolling uphill terrain through beautiful aspen groves that thrive in the Carson Range on the east side of Lake Tahoe.
Preparedness: The half mile of climbing past Snow Valley is where you become friendly with that shiny little granny gear on your mountain bike. You start the ride at 7000' and climb to 8157' giving you only 1100' to climb so take your time and savor these ascents, as they are the only ones you'll do all day. We know you want the full Tahoe mountain bike experience.At the summit, a quick break under the whispering lodge pole pines quickly dries the sweat and refreshes the soul. Next a short descent leads to the peaceful, pristine Marlette Lake (pictured). In the fall the colors at Marlette Lake are a site to behold. A mile and a half of riding on the dirt road along the shore of this beautiful lake leads to the incredible Flume Trail.
The Flume Trail is nearly flat, dropping only 40' per mile and is spectacular in its setting. 1600' above the east shore of Lake Tahoe and only a half mile away from the shoreline in places, it is truly one of the premier trails in the world. Stop often and enjoy the view. Take something to eat and drink for an unforgettable picnic. DO NOT FORGET YOUR CAMERA!
At the end of the Flume Trail, there is a 3 mile, 1500' descent down to Highway 28.The Flume Trail is a moderately difficult ride at 7000' to 8000' feet in elevation with over a 1000' of climbing and 4.5 miles of single track. The Flume Trail itself traverses above several steep sections, so those afraid of heights are forewarned. In this world, most spectacular vistas require traversing steep terrain. Total distance - 13 miles to the shuttle.
Optional additional riding available! Rental bikes are available at a discounted price. Shuttle available also at a discounted price. This is WORTH the cost! The owner promises that he'll discount us 20%. It's a chance of a lifetime IF you are a mountain biker. The flume trail is listed as one of TOP TEN SCENIC RIDES in the world! DON'T MISS OUT! Bring your own water, bike clothing, and trail food. Camelbacks work great!
More info: http://www.theflumetrail.com/