Southwest of Tahoe City, the Ellis Peak / Ellis Lake route is a 4 mile one-way trek.
To reach the trailhed from I-80 in Truckee, take Hwy 89 South to Tahoe City. Continue south on 89 another 4.2 miles to Kaspian Picnic Area. Drive or ride west on Blackwood Canyon road on the seven mile climb to Barker Pass. Ellis Peak Trailhead is located on the south side of the road where the pavement ends on the summit.
This motorcycle/biking/hiking trail (4 mi./9000) is very steep going until you reach the ridge. The grind is worthwhile as the view from the ridge. Where the trail becomes rideable again is breathtaking. Follow the ridge for 1.5 miles riding through beautiful flower filled meadows and later through sections of open forests. The trail soon intersects a road. To reach Ellis Lake, follow the road to the left for .2 miles. However, to reach Ellis Peak, follow the road to the right. Approximately 100 yards down the road, another road will take off to the east (left). Follow that road for .3 miles. Stash your bike and hike the last steps to Ellis Peak (8640 ). The view of Tahoe to the east, Granite Chief Wilderness and Hellhole Reservoir to the west and Desolation Wilderness to the south is worth it.
Overall, Ellis Peak / Ellis Lake is the 66th most popular hiking trail of all 88 hikes in California.