Ellis Lake

Ellis Lake with view of Ellis Peak ridge

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A hike in a new area for NevadaRambler, from Barker Pass to Ellis Peak and Ellis Lake via the Ellis Peak Trail, then a loop on forest roads to North Miller Creek, Bear Lake, and Cothrin Cove, returning on a portion of the Pacific Crest Trail to Barker Pass. It’s a nice easy hike to the lake and peak, though rather steep in the first and last sections. Great views of Desolation Wilderness and Lake Tahoe. Ellis Lake would be a great place for a backpacking overnight, but it’s accessible by 4WD roads, so might be popular.

Ellis Peak is on the Tahoe OGUL peak list.

Track and Profile

Trailhead: Barker Pass, 4.4 miles south of Tahoe City on Hwy 89, west on Barker Pass Rd for about 5 miles to end of the pavement. Ellis Peak Trail is at top of pass, the PCT Trailhead is another half mile west.

Statistics:

12.22 mi (5.10 mi uphill, 5.22 mi downhill, 1.84 mi flat)
~2000 ft ascent – 13.1 % uphill grade, 14.0 % downhill grade
6:35:19 total time (5:09:27 moving, 1:25:52 stopped)
0:25:19 pace (2.4 mph average speed, 23.3 mph max speed)
19.642 difficulty, 36.139 effort

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