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Description - Barker Pass provides access to the Pacific Crest Trail which provides trails to Richardson Lake and the summit of Ellis Peak. Hikers who reach the summit are rewarded with views of Lake Tahoe.

Recreation - This area offers opportunities for hiking, picnicking, biking, horseback riding and OHV trails.

Climate - The Tahoe generally experiences warm, dry summers and cold, wet winters. Weather can change rapidly during all seasons of the year. Elevation plays a major role in temperature and precipitation. This precipitation falls mainly from October through April. At higher elevations, it comes mostly in the form of snow. A snow pack from 5-10 feet or more is usually present from December to May at elevations above 6,500 feet. Winter temperatures below zero and summer temperatures above 100 degrees indicate the normal seasonal spread. Clouds can build up during the summer to produce spectacular thunderstorm activity. It is wise to pack for any season with clothing that can be "layered", ready to peel off or add on as the thermometer dictates. Always include some kind of rain gear.

Location - Barker Pass is located approximately 18 miles southwest of Truckee in the Truckee Ranger District of the Tahoe National Forest.


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Truckee Ranger District - The Truckee Ranger District is located in the central eastern region of the Tahoe National Forest. This region offers, hiking, biking, horseback, riding, camping, boating, fishing and OHV riding.

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