Ellis Peak Trail

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Rank: #12 in the Lake Tahoe area
#242 in CA, #1,891 Overall
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Featured Ride in the area near Tahoma,
“The Ellis Peak Trail has some of the most spectacular views in the Tahoe Basin.”
Steven Ross on Aug 14, 2013
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6.29.9 milesKilometers 1,410’430 m Ascent 8,576’2,614 m High 9% Avg Grade (5°)
90% Singletrack -1,410’-430 m Descent 7,851’2,393 m Low 22% Max Grade (13°)
Overall the trail is in good condition, but steep and sometimes unrideable in sections. However the trail provides some fantastic scenic views of Lake Tahoe, Loon Lake and the Desolation Wilderness which makes the ride well worth it. Hikers also frequent the trail, so respect and caution should be made while riding here.
Need To Know
The trail is also accessible by motorcycles, so keep an eye and ear out for them. Also a 4x4 access road intersects the trail on the way to Ellis Lake and near Ellis Peak.
Head West on Barker Pass Road from W. Lake Blvd. (Hwy 89) on the West Shore of Lake Tahoe. Follow the road to Barker Pass. The Ellis Peak Trailhead will be on the left about 50 feet after the paved road ends. The trail starts with a 1/2 mile of steep switchbacks which are rideable but make for very challenging climb. There are also other steep sections on the trail which may require a hike-a-bike. A 1/2 mile side trip to Ellis Lake is worth the ride. Take a left turn on the first jeep trail you come across.

This ride is mapped as an out and back, which is a fine option. But there's another option as well: From Ellis Peak, there is a jeep trail on the NE side of Ellis Peak that takes you to a fire road on the edge of Homewood ski area. Follow the fire road several miles and look for a singletrack trail on the left which descends 1.5 miles into the Town of Homewood.
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A classic West Shore ride - big climb, big rocky technical descent, big views!
near Sunnyside-Tahoe City, CA
4.2 (5)
A nice intermediate loop featuring Page Meadow.
near Sunnyside-Tahoe City, CA
4.1 (7)
A long climb rewarded with some of the best views in all of Tahoe and a great...
near Sunnyside-Tahoe City, CA

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PHOTOS of Ellis Peak Trail
  3.5 from 4 votes
A view at the top of Ellis Peak (assumed). (Tahoma, CA)
  3.5 from 4 votes
View of the Tahoe Basin below. (Tahoma, CA)
  3.5 from 4 votes
A view of Ellis Lake (Tahoma, CA)
  3.3 from 4 votes
Another view of the Tahoe Basin. (Tahoma, CA)
  2.3 from 4 votes
View of the switchbacks. (Tahoma, CA)
  2.3 from 4 votes
One of many steep sections along the trail. (Tahoma, CA)