On Friday, October 14, we will remind all of you of your God-given right to ditch out of work to raft, hike, learn how to surf, or take a motorcycle tour — basically to do any fun, outdoors thing you've been putting off. National Day of Adventure is a skip day for adults where we encourage you to take a single-day adventure that will turn your sick day into a sick! day.
For mountain bikers, Lake Tahoe offers up enough worthy trails for weeks of riding. Happily, choosing the best day trip isn't tough. There's no easier route to tackle — though one packed with more vistas, speed, and historical significance — than the Flume Trail, a 14-mile ride near the northeast corner of the lake.
A 1,500-foot vertical drop lines most of this three to five-foot-wide trail as it follows the west face of Herlan Peak. This makes it a bit of a hair-raising experience — but one with unparalleled views of Lake Tahoe (don't take our word for it; just watch the video above).
You gain 1,000 vertical feet in the beginning of the ride, but then get to relax on a flat 4.5-mile ridgeline that is the most photogenic portion of the ride. Then, it's time to bomb downhill for three miles to the shuttle. The whole trip takes two to three hours, which means if you're clamoring for more, there's time to try it twice.
To Get There:
Head to Tunnel Creek Cafe in Incline Village, Nevada, to park your car and rent a bike. From there, catch the $17 shuttle to Spooner Lake State Park to start the ride. flumetrailtahoe.com