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Blackwood Canyon, Ellis Peak 4x4 Road, California

Fun SUV trip to beautiful high views of Lake Tahoe
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Rating: 5 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Moderate
Length: 21 miles
Duration: Half day
Family Friendly

Overview:  Explores a beautiful, high area west of Lake Tahoe and is near the east end of the famous Rubicon Trail. Many lakes and viewpoints.... more »

Tips:  Don’t get there too early. Give the snow a little time to melt. Mid July is a safe bet. Go on a clear day to see high views of Lake... more »

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Points of Interest

1. Staging Area

Staging area is on the right hidden in the trees. Look for vault toilet.

2. Baker Pass

Open area at top is Baker Pass. Make a sharp left as you head down.

3. Turn for Bear Lake

Road on right goes down to Bear Lake.

4. Turn for Ellis Peak

A left turn here climbs to Ellis Lake and Ellis Peak. Wonderful views of Lake Tahoe and surrounding mountains.

Make sure you have a camera.

6. Rubicon Springs Road

Continue left as you join McKinney-Rubicon Springs Road. Right here goes to the famous Rubicon Trail. (Available as eGuide from FunTreks on EveryTrail.)

7. Staging Area for Rubicon Trail

You'll find a vault toilet here. Road is paved from here.

8. Highway 89

Intersect with Highway 89, West Lake Boulevard. Left goes to Tahoe City and Interstate 80.