Henness Pass Road

Camptonville, California 95922

Henness Pass Road

Henness Pass Road Professional Review and Guide

"This east-west road over Henness Pass, said to be the last trans-Sierra backcountry road, is named for Patrick Henness, who developed the pass in 1849 or 1850 into a Gold Rush-era route. With the discovery of the Comstock Lode in 1859 at Virginia City, it became the main route between there and Marysville. Declining mine production and the completion of the transcontinental railroad in 1869 reduced use to local traffic. Near the west end, at the confluence of Oregon Creek and the Middle Yuba, drive through the Oregon Creek covered bridge (ca. 1862). East of Camptonville is Sleighville House, a Gold Rush-era stage stop. Side trips go to the old mining towns of Forest City and Alleghany. West of Jackson Meadow Res. the road follows a ridge between the North and Middle Yuba rivers, providing excellent views, particularly of Sierra Buttes. At Kyburz Flat there are rock-art sites. At the east end, drive up 8,444-foot Verdi Peak."

Henness Pass Road Reviews

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Started at Jackson Meadow Reservoir and went West to Hiway 49 at Camptonville. Easy road but fun. Ok for just about any 2WD. Saw 2 logging trucks. Stay on main gravel road 3 miles from the end. GPS wanted us to go down the old road which is impassable.

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Trail Information

Nearby City
Trail Type
6 hours
Best late spring through fall
Season & Limits
Downieville and Sierraville Ranger Districts
Local Contacts
Tahoe National Forest
Local Maps

Activity Feed

Jul 2018