Blackwood Canyon to Ellis Lake Out-and-Back Trail Professional Review and Guide
"This ride follows the paved Blackwood Canyon Road up to Barker Pass before tackling a steep singletrack climb to Ellis Lake. There are plenty of options for exploring the dirt roads throughout Blackwood Canyon and the adjoining McKinney/Rubicon Canyon to the south, but most of them are best left to off-highway vehicles. With the increasing miles of singletrack in Tahoe, why eat someone else’s dust? Avoiding that, this beautiful ride takes you to up to stellar views of the Desolation Wilderness and the El Dorado National Forest. The initial 7.0 miles of paved road is nontechnical, but a steady gain of 1,500 feet. You can skip the road ride and start at the trailhead to Ellis Lake. The first mile of singletrack is insanely steep. While this section is best for hiking, it’s also for people who don’t attempt a summit without their bike. Be prepared to push your bike, knowing it would be easier without the extra baggage. Once on the ridge, you will pass through a garden of wildflowers with sweeping views in all directions."