This is nature at it's best. Primitive. LOTS OF WILDLIFE.
Miles of open trails. Bring your bugspray and your sunscreen and don't forget the camera. Minimal facilities, so bring plenty of water, snacks, and a first aid kit. Once you hit the end of the paved road....it's all open space so watch for your trailheads.
This is one of the most accessible yet least known wilderness areas at Tahoe. The road into the canyon is perfect for easy walks, rollerblading, and biking. The paved road is the only development and has almost no traffic, making a good add-on to the shoreline bike path. On the leafy banks of Blackwood Creek and in the forests and meadows here are idyllic picnic spots.
You can hike on the flat valley floor or drive up the road to the steep trails of 8,000-foot Barker Pass, hooking up with the Pacific Crest Trail. Cross-country skiing is blissful on the road and in the meadows; and there is a snowmobile route.