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    • World famous Flume Trail is truly breathtaking. Blue waters of Sand Harbor and panoramic views of the lake make it my favorite hike to photograph in Lake Tahoe. I brought my DSLR camera to capture it all. All but one photo (panorama) were taken with Sony A7s camera and 35mm 1.4 lens. This favorite photo from the hike describes what the Flume Trail is in one shot.

    • The easiest way to start the hike is from Incline Village parking lot next to the Tunnel Creek Cafe. There is a Flume Trail Bike shop that has a shuttle service in case you want to make it a point-to-point hike starting at Spooner Lake.

    • If you're feeling adventurous you can also ride Flume Trail on a mountain bike. Bring your own bike, or rent one at the Flume Trail Bikes. The trail to climb up to Flume starts right at the base of the bike shop. 

    • Half a mile into the hike it crosses beautiful meadows full of blooming wildflowers.

    • Just under 1 mile in, there is Spencer’s Cabin. 280 square foot tiny house used as a cattleman’s cabin in 1920s.

    • Rustic yet fully functional cabin is still used today as a rest stop for hikers in the summer and warming hut for cross country skiers in the winter.

    • After a mile the trail forks into a single track for hikers. Mountain bikers can continue riding the fire road.

    • A short and scenic descent to the Marlette Lake is a welcome relief for tired legs.

    • On a side of the trail a bumble bee was on a mission to harvest every single flower from this little patch. 

    • The man made dam at Marlette Lake was built by the miners to supply water and funnel it down to Virginia City.

    • Just after the dam at the south end of Flume trail there is a small creek waterfall with a wooden bridge across it.