Blackwood Canyon OHV Trail

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Tahoe National Forest

Blackwood Canyon OHV Trail is a 20.7 mile point-to-point trail located near Tahoe City, California that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for ohv/off road driving and is best used from May until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Distance: 20.7 miles Elevation Gain: 3,064 feet Route Type: Point to Point

dog friendly

ohv / off road driving

forest

views

wildlife

rocky

snow

NOTE: As of May 24, 2020, users have reported that the barker pass entrance to the trail is closed, but you can access from the south side (Rubicon staging area). Check with the park before visiting. This trail is primarily a OHV trail, but users may also hike it. 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 high clearance SUVs. Some tight brush. Be careful when wet.

ohv/off road driving
closed
flooded
icy
rocky
snow
washed out
10 days ago

The barker pass entrance to the trail was closed as of May 24, so we went from the south side (Rubicon staging area). It was very rocky with lots of water pouring down the rocks and the trail due to the melting ice. We had to cross a river, which seemed to have gotten deeper. Finally reached larger boulders with more snow near Miller lake and had to turn the 4Runner back, as it got too extreme; we bottomed our multiple times. This is noteworthy as this area awaits those who start from the barker pass entrance. Ranger said that it’s too early in the season, but even without the melting ice, this is not for stock vehicles. Really fun high-adrenaline trail otherwise.

ohv/off road driving
closed
6 months ago

Entered the trail from the south and came to a locked gate on the north end of the trail. Super bummer after the couple hours on the trail. Had to turn back.

ohv/off road driving
7 months ago

Really easy trail in my 4dr Jeep Wrangler JL on 35s and 3.5” lift. We also had a stock xTERRA with us and they got through the trail without a problem. Beautiful views and lakes along the way. Lots of mud to play with on the trail from the melted snow and rain. Made it fun.

ohv/off road driving
rocky
9 months ago

Had fun doing this trail in my 2door wrangler with 35s and 2in lift. stock 4wd should be fine, some hills require 4wlow. rocks were small, and just in patches here and there. my 2 sons rode their dirt bikes and they felt it was just ok... too rocky to be very fun. lots of places to turn around if you dont go all the way (which we did not).

ohv/off road driving
9 months ago

Super fun trail. Came in from the south along the rubicon. Lily lake is amazing. If you want a fun afternoon 4x4 trip this is a great one.

hiking
9 months ago

Actually barker pass to granite wilderness. Fantastic!

ohv/off road driving
10 months ago

Trail is open with a few small patches of snow down near Bear Lake. Fun trail.

ohv/off road driving
10 months ago

Significant snow on trail about 6 miles in. Had to turn the Jeep train around. Will come back in a few weeks. Otherwise a fun 6 miles!

11 months ago

June 30th....still gated

hiking
Thu Jun 06 2019

June 6, 2019 - still gated.

Mon Jun 03 2019

Beware drove an hour to come here on June 3rd, 2019 only to find it gated and closed.

ohv/off road driving
Mon Jul 30 2018

Beautiful summit views that make it all worth it. However, don’t attempt if you have a stock SUV that cannot get extra lift. I was able to make it via my LR3 with the suspension raised in off-road mode. That said, I did have to build a few rock ramps to traverse a few large gaps and oversized rocks. Most of the trail is fine and expect a few scratches due to the pine trees in spots.

ohv/off road driving
Thu Jul 26 2018

This was a really good trail over all. Not super hard like you need a rock crawler and not super easy like stock blows through it. It’s bumpy! Sensitive wives won’t like it lol but I really just enjoyed it

Sun Oct 08 2017

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!

ohv/off road driving
Tue Sep 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

hiking
Tue Aug 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.

hiking
Tue Jun 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!

Sun Oct 24 2010

This a beautiful, majestic beginner trail, especially in the fall with all the changing colors. The trees, leaves and streams make you feel like you are walking in Washington. Easy to navigate, clear single track, this is a perfect 1.5 hour kid friendly, dog friendly trail.

mountain biking
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