Incline Flume Trail Project

The “Incline Flume” trail is located above Incline Village and is primarily accessed from Mt Rose Highway (HWY 431). It connects to numerous other trails and access points, such as the Tyrolean trail, Diamond Peak access roads and Tunnel Creek trail/road in Lake Tahoe Nevada State Park on the south end.

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, 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.

For many years no part of the trail was “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 became 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 routing taking it to/through private property the USFS had not sanctioned or maintained any part of the trail. It has not been permitted to be 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 had not been permitted. 

Our organization with the help of many other organizations, individuals and agencies has worked to bring the trail into the USFS system.

Thanks the generosity of from David and Cheryl Duffield things have come together on several fronts.  They donated the private land which the trail crossed to the Nevada Land Trust which in turn is transferring the property to the USFS.  This involved a great deal of the Duffield's resources and items such as surveying, appraisals, and legal work.  At the same time Friends of Incline Trails commissioned federally mandated environmental and historical studies of the areas the trail runs through to establish that development of the trail would not have any adverse effect.  These studies were funded by donations from private individuals through the Incline Tahoe Foundation, The Parasol Tahoe Community Foundation and the Tahoe Fund.

In the first half of 2017 the federal adoption process for the trail was completed.  We were also able to get grant funding for the remaining work.  After over 4 years of behind the scenes effort, we can proceed with improvement and maintenance. We can put up signs to improve the user experience. Most of this work will occur during the second half of 2017 through fall of 2018.

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

Here are some links to web pages which speak about the trail and some of its history:

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