Ellis Peak Trail
ElevationAscent: 1,229' 375 m
Descent: -328' -100 m
High: 8,683' 2,647 m
Low: 7,782' 2,372 m
GradeAvg Grade: 9% (5°)
Max Grade: 40% (22°)
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“A challenging start to reach a beautiful ridgeline on the way to the views from Ellis Peak.”— Eric Ashley
At three-quarters of a mile, the climb steepens noticeably before shifting away from the ridgeline and beginning a gentle descent. The tree cover quickly deepens and remains around the trail most of the way to the top. After another half-mile, the descent comes to an end as the trail eases into a gradual climb.
A welcome detour presents itself at the intersection with a dirt road. For a great lunch spot or place to take a break, follow the Ellis Lake Connector to the north for .2 miles to reach a small lake.
Back on the Ellis Peak Trail, the climbing steepens as the route continues along a dirt road. About a 100 yards farther, follow another road as it leads to the east. After .3 miles, a turn to the left soon brings runners to the top of Ellis Peak for impressive views of Lake Tahoe and the surrounding area.
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