Incline Flume Trail

TAMBA is supporing the efforts of Friends of Incline Trails on the following project.  For more information and to donatate much needed time and money visit their website HERE. The private parcel that the trail used to cross had been donated to the Nevada Land Trust.  We’ll be working with FIT this summer to re-route that section of trail around the historic bullwheel, so that the Land Trust can transfer the parcel to the USFS and the trail can be adopted into the system.

View a map and photos of a typical Trail Experience on the Incline Flume.”

Incline Flume Map

Incline Flume Map

The “Incline Flume” trail is located above Incline Village and is primarily accessed from Mt Rose Highway (Hwy. 431).  It has also become popular as a loop from Diamond Peak up the Tyrolean Trail and back down Diamond Peak. This is a relatively flat trail, remaining at approximately the same elevation throughout (7,600 ft).  There are beautiful spring wildflowers and some spectacular views of Lake Tahoe. It is popular with trail runners, mountain bikers, walkers and hikers – of all ability levels and used by locals, visitors, by families and individuals.

The route runs along what used to be a “v-flume” for commercial logging in the Lake Tahoe basin during the late 1800’s. There are still some remnants of the original flume structure. Unfortunately, no part of the trail is  “authorized” by the primary landowner – the US Forest Service.  It starts on USFS land, crosses the Diamond Peak ski area (IVGID land), back onto USFS land, and then becomes less distinct and usable as it goes through a small section of private property before connecting to the Tunnel Creek trail/road in Lake Tahoe Nevada State Park. Because of the trail’s prior routing taking it to/through private property the USFS has not sanctioned or maintained any part of the trail.  It is not depicted on USGS maps, commercial maps or tourist maps.  There are no informational or directional signs, even at confusing intersections with other trails.