The Ellis Peak Trail is a 6.3 mile trail in Tahoe National Forest that rewards hikers with amazing views of Lake Tahoe and the surrounding mountains and forests.

The Ellis Peak Trail is close to North Lake Tahoe. The trail features scenic wildflowers in the spring and summer. Dogs are allowed on the trail but must be kept on leash. 

Directions from Truckee: Take Highway 80 south and drive to Tahoe City - continue south on Highway 89 from Tahoe City for 4.2 miles to the Caspian Picnic Area. Turn west on Blackwood Canyon Road. The road follows Blackwood creek for 2.3 miles, crosses the creek and then climbs 4.8 miles to Barker Pass. Ellis Peak Trailhead is located on the south side of the road where the pavement ends on the summit.

Photo: Grant Montgomery

Pack List

  • Sun protection (hat, sunscreen)
  • Water / water filtration
  • Hiking boots, hiking socks (wool), trekking poles
  • Snacks
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RT Distance 6.3 Miles
Elevation Gain 1660 Feet
Activities Chillin, Photography, Running, Hiking, Fitness
Skill Level Intermediate
Season Spring, Summer, Autumn
Trail Type Out-and-Back
Features
Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Forest
Groups
Picnic Area
Romantic
Scenic
Wildflowers
Wildlife

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The crest of the Sierras

An amazing hike right on the crest of the Sierra Nevada mountain range. Trail varies up and down, with Tahoe on one side and the Desolation wilderness on the other. Great views of the different sides of the Sierra mountain range. Lots of lakes, peaks and streams. Would recommend for a moderate hike difficulty. About 3-4 hours.

Fantastic Views of the Surrounding Mountains and Forests

The Ellis Peak Trail is a 6.3-mile trail in Tahoe National Forest that rewarded me with fantastic views of the surrounding mountains and forests. There were forest fires in the area when I went, so I couldn't see Lake Tahoe. Be sure to go when the air is clear for the best views.


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