Hike Description: Total distance is about 9.2 miles (9.7 miles with Bull wheel), Mostly downhill with elevation loss of about 1,450 feet. We will enter the forest at the Incline Flume trailhead (elevation 7750) and follow the 7700-elevation contour for about 4 miles. At this point we cross the Diamond Peak Ski slopes for a short while where the scenery opens up to lake views. We then enter the forest again on a gentle downslope until about mile 5.5, then a gradual descent begins. At mile 6 we intersect Tunnel Creek Road and begin 3 miles of descent to the ending trailhead at Tunnel Creek Café. Tunnel Creek Road presents several beautiful views of Lake Tahoe.
Note: At mile 5.5 we have an option of a 0.5-mile side trip up to see the historic Bull Wheel used during the logging operations circa 1880–1894. For details, tap on this link.
Meet at the Incline Flume trailhead on the NV SR 431 (Mt. Rose highway). Sufficient parking is available on the West side of SR 431 about 1500 feet before the last hairpin turn (Lake Tahoe Scenic Overlook) on the downslope into Incline Village.
Lunch Option. Alibi Ale Works or Tunnel Creek Café, Incline Village