Ellis Peak Trail

MODERATE 37 reviews
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Ellis Peak Trail is a 6.3 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Homewood, California that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from July until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
6.3 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1719 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

hiking

mountain biking

road biking

trail running

forest

lake

views

wild flowers

Directions from Truckee: Travel Hwy. #80 south and drive to Tahoe City. Continue south on #89 from Tahoe City for another 4.2 miles to 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.

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26 days ago

We have hiked this trail many times. The initial climb is a challenge but when you climax you see a beautiful view. The backside still has large patches of snow that proved too difficult to stay on the trail. We turned around halfway. The wildflowers were magnificent

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1 month ago

The road to the trailhead is temporarily closed until the snow melts.... it's about a 4.5mile hike on pavement/snow just to get to the trailhead currently! Still beautiful but length of hike is doubled and there is alot of snow on trail-- we turned around once we got to the trailhead

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4 months ago

Wonderful. Not overly trekked, great views.

9 months ago

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11 months ago

Really beautiful trail. Slightly intense climb in the beginning but epic views at the top and a lake at the other end. I'd say slightly more than moderate like the others are saying.

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11 months ago

Would rate this as more than moderate - but we managed with two ten year olds, a 14 year old, a 16 year old, two parents, and two grand parents aged 71, one who had a hip replacement 4 years ago. A beautiful trail with remarkable sites of various lakes. As we reached the final ascent to the peak, the trail could have been marked more clearly - we chose the more difficult ascent, which was over loose scree and boulders. We must have missed the cairn to direct us to the right.

Monday, August 08, 2016

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Saturday, July 30, 2016

Great trail and beautiful views of the surrounding valleys. Not many views of Tahoe if that's what you're looking for. Also, it's a 15 minute drive uphill from the lake. I would rate this slightly above Moderate. There are some steep uphill and downhill sections.

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Monday, July 25, 2016

Great views. Well worth the (unexpected) ascent/descent in the middle!

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Sunday, July 10, 2016