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    Blackwood Canyon to Ellis Lake Out-and-Back Trail

    Tahoe City, California

    Blackwood Canyon to Ellis Lake Out-and-Back Trail

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    Explorer | 30 pts
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    9/21/2013
    This is a great trail with interesting features on the way. Not hard for a modified Jeep, but the scenery is for sure worth. it. We did the trail in rain an fog. On the top was it hailing. Next morning was the whole mountain range covered with anow.
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    Hidden Valley, NV
    Pathfinder | 90 pts
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    8/8/2008
    Amazing!
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    Grass Valley, CA
    Explorer | 50 pts
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    9/1/2007
    First 12 miles were fantastic. Directions very good. Some signs and markers were damaged or missing. Road to Ellis Peak difficult. Rubicon-McKinney Road very difficult.
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    Bellevue, WA
    Adventurer | 230 pts
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    8/1/2007
    Nice trail, but dusty as hell. It's really cool that such a "mild" trail is in the same territory as a legend- the Rubicon. I wasn't brave enough to take my brand new Wrangler on the Rubicon so I chose this one instead.

    Blackwood Canyon was milder than I was looking for. Ellis Peak was more fun. I was still looking for something a bit more challenging though so I turned off on the Rubicon anyway. I didn't think I was going over anything all that extreme so I didn't disconnect my front sway bars and promptly broke a link. Oh well, at least I can say I've been on the Rubicon and Blackwood Canyon/Ellis Peak was a great intro to the area and for my new ride.
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    Trail Information

    Tahoe City
    Nearby City
    19.4
    Distance
    2,000 feet
    Elevation Gain
    Out-and-back
    Trail Type
    Moderate to Difficult
    Technical Difficulty
    Difficult
    Physical Difficulty
    3-4 hours
    Duration
    Best Late June through October
    Season
    6,300 feet
    Trailhead Elevation
    8,300 feet
    Top Elevation
    Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit
    Local Contacts
    USGS Homewood
    Local Maps

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