Blackwood Canyon Trail

MODERATE 10 reviews
#50 of 145 trails in

Blackwood Canyon Trail is a 20.7 mile point-to-point trail located near Tahoe City, California that features a great forest setting and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and off road driving and is best used from May until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

20.7 miles
3064 feet
Point to Point

dog friendly


off road driving





Fun SUV trip to beautiful high views of Lake Tahoe. Explores a beautiful, high area west of Lake Tahoe and is near the east end of the famous Rubicon Trail. Many lakes and viewpoints. Trail may not open until early July due to deer migration. Moderate difficulty. Narrow, steep and rough in a few places but suitable for stock, high clearance SUVs. Some tight brush. Be careful when wet.

7 months ago

Okay, let me first say, you CANNOT take your standard SUV on this trail. This was my first try at this trail and it’s a bit more than expected. There are a few areas, that I needed to overcome because of the size of my truck and the obstacles. There are areas with large boulders and trees. It is steep! One small mistake and you could damage your truck. Experienced people will find this trail easy. People whom are just getting into the sport will find this hard. If this is your first time on this trail, you will wonder when and how it will end, don’t turn back. Keep going up! When you reach the top of the hill there are two roads, turn LEFT it will take you back to the main road you first started. There is no cell service until you hit the main road. Good luck, stay safe and have fun!

off road driving
Tuesday, September 06, 2016

Entered at the northern part. Made it about 1/4 of the trail and need more than a stock rubicon. Lift or winch or both at one point that you start to climb a rock face. Pretty fun. Will try the south entrance next time. Looks like less major elevation changes. More gradual. If you have a daily driver like mine. This trail is fine. Just have to be careful

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Not much to this trail. You do go through some nice meadows and a couple aspen groves. Not much elevation difference along the trail. I would definitely rate this an easy hike. The trail was well defined and not difficult to navigate. Enjoy.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

This is a great easy dog friendly loop trail. Nice dirt trail (easy on dogs feet). Nice picnic stops by water. In fall, the leaves are beautiful!

6 months ago

7 months ago

off road driving
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road biking
Monday, August 22, 2016

Saturday, March 12, 2016