Bull Wheel

Bull Wheel

Residents and visitors to Incline Village and the Lake Tahoe area will enjoy a complete Incline Flume Trail which includes historic artifacts and a restored natural environment.

There’s a popular seven-mile trail in Incline Village, Nevada known as the Incline Flume Trail, which runs from Mt. Rose Highway to Tunnel Creek. A portion of this trail has been under private ownership until recently, when Cheryl and David Duffield donated 18.6 acres to the Nevada Land Trust. The generous donation allows the Nevada Land Trust to move the property into public ownership over the next two years – something Incline Village residents have been hoping for for years. By 2018 at the earliest, the Nevada Land Trust will have realigned and restored the Incline Flume Trail section to better protect the historic area and natural environment to prepare for public use. Ultimately the property will be transferred to the U.S. Forest Service. Friends of Incline Trails will be focused on trail-widening, erosion control, minor trail reconstruction, and installation of educational and way-finding signs. The property is largely forested, includes .3 miles of the Flume Trail – currently unauthorized by the USFS, but remains popular with local mountain bikers, and is home to the historic Bull Wheel structure, which was used from 1880-1894 to bring lumber over the mountains, and other historic relics. The site also contains the Incline Tramway (namesake of Incline Village) and a V-Flume. Nevada Land Trust is proud to work on such an important piece of property that will ultimately propel Incline Village recreation forward. 

Nevada Land Trust’s acquisition of this property will oversee the restoration and realignment of the Incline Flume Trail’s “missing link.” Such an acquisition will ultimately result in moving the property into public ownership with the assistance of private and public agencies, including Friends of Incline Trails, Incline Tahoe Foundation, Tahoe Fund, and U.S. Forest Service. Prepping the ‘missing link’ for public use means Nevada Land Trust will realign and restore the trail to better protect the historic and natural areas.

In 2018, Nevada Land Trust will transfer ownership of the parcel to the U.S. Forest Service for public ownership. Nevada Land Trust believes the Bull Wheel parcel has value for conservation, education and recreation purposes, and that it provides a significant public benefit. 

Recreation of the Mind and Body:

Residents and visitors to Incline Village and the Lake Tahoe area will enjoy a complete Incline Flume Trail which includes historic artifacts and a restored natural environment. Such protection and public access will encourage residents and visitors to participate in outdoor recreational and education activities, including hiking or mountain biking the trail, and learning about the historical artifacts on the parcel, including the Bull Wheel, which is the only known use of a bull wheel for logging purposes.

Nevada Land Trust vows to preserve and protect this land, and hopes members and donors will continue to make
charitable contributions to continue to support the acquisition of the Bull Wheel parcel from Cheryl and David Duffield.