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“Road closed”
Review of Ellis Peak Trail

Ellis Peak Trail
Reviewed July 10, 2018 via mobile

We tried to drive up to Ellis Peak Trail in July 2018 but the road was closed due to ‘road works’ just after the river crossing. It was just after 4 July so there were a lot of people around who decided to walk to the trail head and see if they were then up to doing the actual trail.

Thank Jane T
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Reviewed July 1, 2018 via mobile

Worth the effort. Very beautiful ride going up the hill and even prettier going back down.
Good for hiking......... Good for walking........
Weather was perfect the day we went and I can't imagine a bad day doing this hike.
We cycled up the hill and a first timer
It was hard work but if you keep going you will be very glad you need. I highly recommend exploring this area.

Thank phantomcathy
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Reviewed July 6, 2015

After a rather nice hike, we got to the top, where three Jeeps where
parked on the very summit. An open off-road vehicle was parked just
below.

It ruined my day. Will not come back.

Thank ahn361
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Reviewed September 2, 2014

4 stars for the scenery and the workout; minus one if there are dirt bikers!

If you're looking for a 3-hour scenic high Sierra hike with steep climbs, and don't mind sharing the trail with an occasional mountain bike or dirt bike, you might want to check out the Ellis Peak Trail from Barker Pass Road. It's a good summer or fall hike and it's dog-friendly. Drive time to the trailhead is about 30 minutes from Tahoe City and about 20 minutes from Homewood.

You'll find the trail listed online or you can pick up a free map at Sugar Pine Point SP entrance. At the trailhead, the sign reads 5 miles to Ellis Peak. We measured it at 3.5 (7 miles round trip). Starting out, you'll be eating dust for the first miles as you grind out the first of three steep climbs to the peak. Don't get discouraged! At the top of this hill, you'll be rewarded with sweeping vistas as you hike gradually uphill on decomposing granite. Next, you'll drop steeply for a mile through forest, eventually crossing a trail to go straight up the hill. This second steep climb gets you to a ridge where you'll see a trail heading to the peak. It's a brief glute-burner for your final climb to the top, where ya can plant your flag, eat lunch and enjoy the 360º views.

Save some energy for the way back, where you still have one short climb and a mile-long dusty climb to go. Expect a mountain bike or two; hopefully you won't encounter any dirt bikers as they'll raise plumes of dust. This hike can be done by anyone in good shape (we saw 8 year olds scampering up the trail), but anyone with balance issues should be careful at the top.

Directions: From Highway 89 in Homewood, drive 2 miles north on 89. Turn left on Barker Pass Road (road sign is 100 ft. west of 89) and bear left at the fork (3.7 miles). Continue uphill for approx. 4.7 miles, winding up the side of the mountain where you'll encounter sharp switchbacks shortly before the paved road ends. Park anywhere; the trailhead is just up the hill on your left.

For you navsat hikers, the Ellis Peak lat/long is - http://bit.ly/Z5KXsr

The roundup:

Distance: 7 miles
Time: 3-4 hours plus time at the top
Difficulty: Strenuous, with steep hills in loose footing.
Highlights: Awesome views of Lake Tahoe, rim views, downhill return.
Sucks: Dirt bikers on the trail. And, it's a 20 minute drive from Homewood.
Water: Two liters.
Dogs: Allowed!

4  Thank John H
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