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    Tahoe flume trail question:

    Anyone ride the flume trail on weekdays? I'm planning on triding the trail in a couple of weeks but feel a bit put off by people telling me about how packed the trail is on weekends. Anyone ride the trail on weekdays? I'm thinking of friday or something. How packed should I expect the trail to be?

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    Quote Originally Posted by TrailRiddler
    Anyone ride the flume trail on weekdays? I'm planning on triding the trail in a couple of weeks but feel a bit put off by people telling me about how packed the trail is on weekends. Anyone ride the trail on weekdays? I'm thinking of friday or something. How packed should I expect the trail to be?
    I rode it on a Friday about 3 years ago. I think on the way up I saw about 6-8 other people. After Marllet (?) lake I dont think I saw more than 2 people until I got to the last section of fire road on the way down, then there was about another 6-8, just enough to fill the shuttle.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MVRIDER
    I rode it on a Friday about 3 years ago. I think on the way up I saw about 6-8 other people. After Marllet (?) lake I dont think I saw more than 2 people until I got to the last section of fire road on the way down, then there was about another 6-8, just enough to fill the shuttle.
    Has anyone made a loop out of the ride? Thinking of taking a right turn at the end of the Flume and heading up to the east side of Mallet and dropping back down to spooner.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MVRIDER
    I rode it on a Friday about 3 years ago. I think on the way up I saw about 6-8 other people. After Marllet (?) lake I dont think I saw more than 2 people until I got to the last section of fire road on the way down, then there was about another 6-8, just enough to fill the shuttle.
    That's not bad at all... by the description's I've read, it seems like the trails are much more packed than that (weekends).


    Also, did you do the whole 24(?) miles? How long was the whole up/down trip?

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    Quote Originally Posted by TrailRiddler
    That's not bad at all... by the description's I've read, it seems like the trails are much more packed than that (weekends).

    Well, I've only rode it once, so that may have been a fluke, it was in early Sept. so the tourist season was "officially" over, so I hope I'm not giving you a bum steer here, but yea I've heard it can get packed on the weekends.


    Also, did you do the whole 24(?) miles? How long was the whole up/down trip?
    NO WAY!! I could'nt pull that off, I never was really in that good a shape for long xc rides. I believe what I did was just sorta the standard flume ride. Park at spooner, get a map and head up the main trail/fire road up to Marlett lake, go around the lake on the left side to the beginning of the flume trail, take the flume to a fire road which drops you to the highway where there is a pull out for the shuttle van to park ( great directions, huh!). Don't worry it's all marked really good I think that's someting like 12 miles. There are alot of variations of the ride though, once you get to Marlett lake it kinda branches off to several trails, Mt. Rose, TRT and a couple others. Make sure to get a map, maybe try a google search to get some info, because some of the trails are like open to bikes M,W,F and hikers T, TH or something like that. As well as all the standard stuff, make sure to bring a lunch, theres ALOT of great places to pull over and have a sandwich.

    One other thing, if you're not exactly in tip top shape, you may want to get into the Tahoe basin a day in advance to get acclimated to the altitude change. I tried to drive up from the bay area and do the ride in the same day Talk about huffin and puffin!! You start out around 7000 ft. and go up from there.

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    I'll be there tomorrow (July2)

    I've ridden the flume on both weekends and weekdays several times each summer for the past two years. Weekends are a zoo but weekdays have never been a problem. I usually only meet a few people on the weekday rides. Tomorrow (July 2) UncleMTB and I will be doing the TRT from Mt. Rose, Redhouse Flume, north on TRT to Marlette overlook, down the switchbacks, Flume to Spooner. It's about 30 miles. Shuttle leaves Spooner at 10 am. Anybody is welcome to join us. Video in a few days. See: http://www.theflumetrail.com/

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    Quote Originally Posted by TrailRiddler
    Anyone ride the flume trail on weekdays? I'm planning on triding the trail in a couple of weeks but feel a bit put off by people telling me about how packed the trail is on weekends. Anyone ride the trail on weekdays? I'm thinking of friday or something. How packed should I expect the trail to be?
    My favorite way to do the Flume trail is by starting from the Mt Rose trailhead of the Tahoe Rim trail. Check out TahoeRimTrail.org. The first 8 miles is open on even days of the month. Take the TRT all the way up Marlette pk and then down to Marlette lake. From the lake you go to the spillway and drop onto the Flume trail. After about 5 miles, you can either go right for about half a mile to the TRT and 8 miles back to the trailhead, or go straight and drop 3 miles or so down to the lake. This requires leaving a car to get back to Mt Rose trailhead.
    Another option is to start from Spooner lake and head to the Flume trail from there. The full loop is about 24 miles, or you could head down to the lake and the end of the Flume trail. Either way, I certainly wouldn't worry about any crowds on weekends or weekdays.

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    The weekend (friday) i'm heading up is on an odd day! That rule seriously sucks... oh well, guess I HAVE to add another day to the trip...

    So for the hardcore riders... how long does it take to summit and back track down? Day long event?

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    Just rode it Father's Day weekend

    Started and ended at Ponderosa Ranch. Began the ride at 8:30am. Roughly 22 miles. Saw only two people on the Flume trail itself. Two more at Marlet Lake. Several others climbing up TRT to Marlet Peak as we were bombing down. A few climbing up to the Flume from Ponderosa.

    All in all, it wasn't crowded at all. I can't wait to ride it again.

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    The loops' the only way I've done it. 3 times over the years. Long ride but a good one.

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    I did Flume last Monday I started at around 1 PM and finished it 3.5 hours later. I only encountered 4 bikers and 3 hikers. Total distance is around 25.5 miles.

    This time, I did the TRT route going back to Spooner. I think it's much better view, can see Marlette and Tahoe at the same time, than doing the Red House Flume, which is much more sandy and just a fire road.

    If you have a chance, do also the TRT - Spooner to Kingsbury. It's around 13 miles one way. It took me 5.5 hours round trip to do this last Tuesday. Very challenging because of rocks and drop offs at Kingsbury side.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TrailRiddler
    The weekend (friday) i'm heading up is on an odd day! That rule seriously sucks... oh well, guess I HAVE to add another day to the trip...

    So for the hardcore riders... how long does it take to summit and back track down? Day long event?

    It's actually not a rule or a law. It's just the way they want it to be run according to the tahoerimtrail.org website. But it is very frowned upon to ride it on an odd day. Locals especially don't want to hear about or see it being ridden on days it's not supposed to be ridden. Better open half the days than not at all as it used to be. A great alternative on odd days, as FloppyRN has posted, is the ride from Spooner to Kingsbury and back. 26 miles and some excellent, technical sections. Super ride that should not be missed.

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    Rim trail odd / even days

    Please obey the odd / even day thing on the TRT! A lot of people are violating the odd day rule, and between that and the erosion that skidders/bad riders are causing, talk up here is that the law is thinking about re-closing it. Its really sandy and the soil just isn't handling it well.

    Technically, it is still against the law to ride it on even days, too. The rangers have just decided to do a selective enforcement and ignore us on even days. So it would be really easy for them to reclose it.

    Also... if you are fit enough to ride the loop out in 3-4 hours, wait until 4 pm to start and you'll only see a handful of people on the flume on a weekday. Most people are done by then. I start at the Ponderosa and ride the flume part last, around 6:30 or 7 pm and rarely see anyone. The Ponderosa is a much inferior start to Spooner lake though - sandy and wide. I just start there because I'm too lazy to drive to Spooner.

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    Last Friday (July 2)

    Just rode it with UncleMTB last Friday (July 2) and only a few people along the way. But don't do just the Flume, combine it with the two sections of the Rim Trail and Red House Flume for a good 30 miles. Videos of the Flume and Rim Trail recently posted on the Passion forum.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wherewolf
    Just rode it with UncleMTB last Friday (July 2) and only a few people along the way. But don't do just the Flume, combine it with the two sections of the Rim Trail and Red House Flume for a good 30 miles. Videos of the Flume and Rim Trail recently posted on the Passion forum.
    Saw your vid over on passion... cool stuff. Must have been great to ride all that singletrack w/o encountering anyone.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mgelber
    Please obey the odd / even day thing on the TRT! A lot of people are violating the odd day rule, and between that and the erosion that skidders/bad riders are causing, talk up here is that the law is thinking about re-closing it. Its really sandy and the soil just isn't handling it well.

    Technically, it is still against the law to ride it on even days, too. The rangers have just decided to do a selective enforcement and ignore us on even days. So it would be really easy for them to reclose it.

    Also... if you are fit enough to ride the loop out in 3-4 hours, wait until 4 pm to start and you'll only see a handful of people on the flume on a weekday. Most people are done by then. I start at the Ponderosa and ride the flume part last, around 6:30 or 7 pm and rarely see anyone. The Ponderosa is a much inferior start to Spooner lake though - sandy and wide. I just start there because I'm too lazy to drive to Spooner.

    Matthew

    Thanks for confirming the severity of riding this section of the TRT only on even days. It would be tragic to lose access due to those who choose to ride it when they should not.

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    Quote Originally Posted by imjps
    Started and ended at Ponderosa Ranch. Began the ride at 8:30am. Roughly 22 miles. Saw only two people on the Flume trail itself. Two more at Marlet Lake. Several others climbing up TRT to Marlet Peak as we were bombing down. A few climbing up to the Flume from Ponderosa.

    All in all, it wasn't crowded at all. I can't wait to ride it again.

    JPS
    Sweet, you got a picture from the VERY top. Nice. I remember getting there and cursing the whole f'n ride to that point. No one told us it was 8 miles of nothing but uphill at the start, and some of those fire roads are steep AND sandy. We started from Spooner lake. The actual Flume trail I was not impressed with though. It was sandy like riding on a beach. Sure the view was killer, but the trail itself sucked. The best part after doing that 22 mile loop is rewarding yourself with one of the casinos BUFFETS!!!!

    We went on a Wed, and the trail was not packed. We rode it in reverse direction than the norm and wound up passing 5 bikers and 4 hikers over the 4 mile stretch. One of the bikers we passed, had actuall fallen and slid part way down the hill at the rock slide section. I came around the turn just in time to see him pulling his bike up the hill. He is one lucky guy to have not fallen all the way down. He should have tried his luck at the casinos that night.

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    Quote Originally Posted by general
    I came around the turn just in time to see him pulling his bike up the hill. He is one lucky guy to have not fallen all the way down. He should have tried his luck at the casinos that night.
    Huh?? That would have sucked to be him.

    Our ride ride was on sweet hard pack. Maybe it was the time of year. Maybe it was it was the time of day. Whatever. We did have this local dude pass all of us (on the outside of the trail) while performing his personal time trial... We were crusing at 17mph. Never thought about falling off. That would prolly suck too much.

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