Welcome to SP!  -
Ellis Peak
Mountain/Rock

Ellis Peak

 
Ellis Peak

Page Type: Mountain/Rock

Location: California, United States, North America

Lat/Lon: 39.06850°N / 120.198°W

Object Title: Ellis Peak

County: Placer

Activities: Hiking

Season: Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Elevation: 8740 ft / 2664 m

 

Page By: BCL

Created/Edited: Jun 7, 2010 / Jun 7, 2010

Object ID: 627738

Hits: 8385 

Page Score: 81.84%  - 14 Votes 

Vote: Log in to vote

 

Overview

Ellis Peak is located on the border of the land managed by the Tahoe Basin Management Unit and National Forest on the west shore of Lake Tahoe, just west of the Homewood Ski Area. Its close proximity to Highway 89 allows for year-round access. The peak provides fantastic views of the Desolation Wilderness, Lake Tahoe, and the surrounding National Forest. Compared to other peaks along Highway 89, Ellis Peak offers better views of Lake Tahoe and greater solitude.

The summit can be reached via class 1 terrain from Blackwood Canyon Road year around. However, because Blackwood Canyon road is not plowed winter ascents must begin at the Blackwood Canyon Sno-Park on Highway 89.

The peak can be climbed in summer or winter in a day. Summer back country camping opportunities in the area are limited, but the area would serve as a good introduction to snow camping.

Ellis Peak is on the TAHOE OGUL PEAK LIST.

Blackwood Ridge/Ellis Peak
Ellis Peak


Getting There

Trailhead Route Difficulty Elevation Gain One Way Distance
Barker Pass Trail Class 1 1465 ft 3.5 miles
Blackwood Canyon Sno-Park Cross Country Class 1 2610 ft 5.4 miles


BARKER PASS (39.072° N, 120.231° W): Located on the north side of Barker Pass Road, approximately 7.1 miles west of Highway 89. Follow the trail east for 3.0 miles until the summit comes into view. The summit is 0.5 miles north and 500 vertical feet from here.

BLACKWOOD CANYON SNO-PARK (39.113° N, 120.158° W): Located on the west side of Highway 89, approximately 4.8 miles south of Tahoe City. Follow Blackwood Canyon Road west for 2.3 miles to Barker Pass Road. Follow Barker Pass Road for 1.85 miles. The summit is 1.25 miles south and 1770 vertical feet from here.

Blackwood Creek
Blackwood Creek


Red Tape

The eastern approach to Ellis Peak is regulated by the LAKE TAHOE BASIN MANAGEMENT UNIT and thus is free from most of the regulations that inhibit wilderness areas. No permit is required for day hiking. Parking on Blackwood Canyon is free. During the winter parking at the Blackwood Canyon Sno-Park requires a SNO-PARK PASS.

Camping

Developed campgrounds can be found at Meeks Bay, D.L. Bliss State Park, Emerald Bay State Park, and Bayview. Fees and facilites vary.

Ellis Peak View
Summit View

When To Climb

Highway 89 is open year around allowing all season access to peak. While the Blackwood Canyon Road is not plowed in the winter, the Sno-Park adjacent to Highway 89 is. The peak is generally snow free from July through September.

Ellis Peak
Ellis Peak


Mountain Conditions

Lake Tahoe is subject to a variety of weather conditions, including heavy snowfall in the winter. Weather forcast can be found HERE.

The avalanche advisory can be found HERE.

Images

North Lake Tahoe from Ellis PeakNorth Lake Tahoe from Ellis PeakEllis Peak from the 4th of July BowlEllis Peak ViewEllis PeakBlackwood Ridge/Ellis PeakBlackwood Creek
Ellis Peak Summit PanoramaDesolation Wilderness peaks from the trail to Ellis PeakDesolation Wilderness from Ellis PeakDesolation Wilderness peaks from Ellis Peak