High Sierra Summits

 

Sierra Nevada Hwy PassesPick two of California’s High Sierra passes, plan a loop and get ready for a great adventure.  Each route lists a few suggestions of things to see and do along the way.

 

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Highway 70 From Oroville following the Feather River, over Beckworth Pass (5,221), through Quincy, then Portola ending at US 395.  

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Highway 49 - Though really a N/S highway it crosses over the Sierra after leaving Nevada City, following the Yuba River.  

  • Spend a day wandering historic Nevada City full of antiques, gifts & restaurants.  
  • Cool off with a dip in the Yuba River - A Perfect spot for a picnic.
  • In the mid-1850s, Downieville was the 5th largest city in California.
  • Sierra City sits at the base of the Sierra Buttes….breathtaking and certainly picture taking worthy!

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Interstate 80 - Sacramento, through Auburn, over Donner Summit (7,057) into Truckee, ending in Reno at US 395

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Interstate 50 – Sacramento, through Placerville, Polluck Pines, over Echo Summit (7,382),wrapping around the south eastern edge of lake Tahoe, up and over Spooner Summit before ending at US 395 just south of Carson City

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Hwy 88 – Stockton, past Camanche Reservoir, through Jackson and Pine Grove, past Kirkwood Mountain Resort, up over Carson Pass (8,652’), merging with Hwy 89 and finally shooting down the mountain to US 395.

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Ebbetts Pass videoHwy 4 – Stockton, through Angels Camp, Murphys and Arnold, up over Ebbetts Pass (8,730’), before winding down the mountain to Hwy 89.  This 61 mile stretch has been designated a National Scenic Byways. 

  • Angles Camp where the frogs are a jumpin’
  • Calaveras County’s Wine Capitol, Murphys
  • Calaveras Big Trees
  • Check out the view at Hell’s Kitchen Vista
  • Lake Alpine, where the air is fresh and the stars are magnificent

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Hwy 108 – Modesto through Oakdale, merging with Hwy 120 for a while, then heading up into Sonora, Twain Harte, over Sonora Pass (9,628’), ending at US 395. 

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Column of GiantsHwy 120 – Heading straight past orchards and farms through Oakdale, crossing Don Pedro Reservoir before climbing Priest Grade into Groveland and then onto Yosemite’s Tuolumne Meadows, then over Tioga Pass  (9,943) before heading down the back of the Sierra to US 395 at Lee Vining.

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Hwy 178 – Skirts the southern edge of the Sierra’s out of Bakersfield, following the Kern River up to Isabella Lake, over Walker Pass (5,250), and connecting to US 395 at Inyokern.

  • Lake Isabella/Kernville – The heart of the Kern River Valley, with many activities, including fishing, hiking, camping, windsurfing, skiing, or just relaxing. Home of the “wild & scenic” Kern River.
  • China Lake Museum of Armament and Technology - A large variety of present and past, US Navy aircraft, weapons and technology are available at the Museum for close up viewing.
  • Little Petroglyph Canyon - This is the largest known concentration of petroglyphs in the western hemisphere and is located on the Naval Air Weapons Station, China Lake. Guided tours are available through Maturano Museum in Ridgecrest.

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