Description: This trail is a real treat for single track
enthusiasts with nice smooth sections that allow for some speed, mixed
with some intermediate technical sections to test your ability. If you
start at Mt. Rose, you get more downhill than uphill which makes this
section of the trail go quickly. Along the way, you can anticipate stellar
views of both Lake Tahoe and the Carson Valley. In one spot, you can
see both simultaneously! The terrain is mostly open with some nice forest
stands as well. The trail is obvious once you find it at the Tahoe Meadows
parking area. There are no turnoffs along the way. Once you reach Tunnel
Creek Road, you have three options. (1) If you have had enough riding,
you can head down Tunnel Creek Road, a nice steep 3 mile downhill that
will lead to Highway 28 just north of Sand Harbor. (2) If you want more
riding, but not much hill climbing, you can turn right onto Tunnel Creek
Road and head downhill for 1/4 mile to the Flume
Trail (don't zip by the turn), or (3) if you are still feeling good,
continue on the Tahoe Rim Trail to the south which will eventually lead
to Marlette Lake (11 miles, good climbs) where it intercepts the Flume
Trail ride. Anyway you ride it, this is memorable mountain biking.
good mountain bike riders "Ride it, don't slide it!" Stay
in control to avoid skidding.
alternate day schedule is due to conflicts with equestrians, so please
be extremely courteous when you meet either hikers or horse people on
the trail. With hikers, don't sneak up on them and zip by, instead,
give them plenty of warning then slow to nearly a stop before passing.
With horses, YOU stop, get off your bike and get your bike off the trail,
and let them pass.