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“A True California Scenic By-way!”

Ebbetts Pass Scenic By-way
Ranked #3 of 14 things to do in Angels Camp
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Reviewed 4 March 2018

A beautiful drive along a well maintained two lane highway with plenty of places to explore off the main road. The scenery brings you in touch with nature and you can experience how the different elevations and seasons change as you continue on your drive. Lots of State and local parks with places for camping, fishing, boating, birding, hiking, biking, kayaking and swimming. And during the winter months snow sports are available with no crowds. Make certain to have your camera with you on this worthwhile drive!

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Reviewed 4 November 2016

A cool road twisting and turning, a lot of sharp 180 degree turns. Would recommend driving this in daylight when the road is dry... The hairpin turns, in wet/icy conditions and at dark.... was an "interesting" experience... The east part is the worst, most narrow.

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Reviewed 6 October 2016

After breakfast, we made a 9 o’clock departure on highway 4 toward Markleeville, county seat for California’s smallest county, Alpine. It’s only 36 miles but it took almost two hours of driving on a two-lane curvy road. It was scenic all the way with giant pines on all sides. There were numerous small lakes and campgrounds. After passing Mosquito Lake, we got to a peak marked 8,050 feet. We thought that was the main pass. Not to be. Later we came to the real Ebbetts Pass, 8,730 feet. This little highway was first cut through the Sierra in 1800. It was used by miners with some hope the railroad would come this way one day. But Donner Pass, some miles north, got the railroad. Highway 4 was dirt and gravel in its early days. It’s now well paved. But they don't even try to keep it open in the winter. Our turnaround point was Markleeville where we had a nice outdoor lunch.

2  Thank Tommy M
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Reviewed 20 September 2016

I drive over several times a year only in summer because it's closed in winter. I take my Harley Davidson sportster over when it's not a busy weekend so there is not much traffic. Then enjoy a little gambling in Nevada. If you love to camp this is the road to travel.

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Reviewed 5 September 2016

There's probably a reason why there are so few reviews on here. It's not exactly the shortest or quickest route over the Sierras but it sure is one of the most scenic ones. The road (as any mountain pass really) is steep and curvy and narrow in places but because there's next to no traffic it doesn't matter. Things get busier on the western side from Lake Alpine / Bear Valley on-wards.... but here the road is wide and pretty straight. It's the eastern side (incl Highway 89), pretty much all the way to Meyers that is the real highlight.

1  Thank Peter M
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