Incline Flume Trail Project

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 (7600 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 “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 current 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. Trail maintenance and/or improvement by any outside group or volunteers is not “authorized”.

Here are some internet links which speak about the trail and some of its history:
Our organization would like to bring part or all of the trail to “authorized” status. Once authorized it can be published on a map, we will improve and maintain it, and we can put up signs to improve the user experience. We plan to start with some shorter, popular sections that connect to trails that are already official and authorized.  View a map and photos of a typical Trail Experience on the Incline Flume.

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Sue Hughes,
May 22, 2014, 7:54 PM