Sonora Pass Scenic Drive: Sonora to US 395 Professional Review and Guide
"An eighty-mile-long paved highway between Sonora and U.S. 395 that climbs the gradual western slope of the Sierra Nevada to the summit of 9,624-foot Sonora Pass. The Sonora Pass scenic drive twists up forested ridges on the gentle western slope of California’s mountain backbone, the Sierra Nevada, to the airy summit of 9,624-foot Sonora Pass, one of the highest automobile roads in the state. The drive follows paved California Highway 108 and offers a wealth of scenic vistas and recreational opportunities. The road’s upper reaches from Kennedy Meadows on the west to Leavitt Meadow on the east is unsuitable for large RVs and trailers. The winding road has no shoulder, narrow lanes, and grades as steep as fifteen percent. Special attractions: Sonora Pass, Stanislaus National Forest, Toiyabe National Forest, Columns of the Giants, Donnell Vista, Strawberry, Emigrant Wilderness Area, Carson-Iceberg Wilderness Area, Sonora, camping, hiking, fishing, winter sports, and scenic views. This eTrail is a complete description of a scenic drive with a route map and information on the best travel seasons, interesting sites, recreation opportunities, camping locations, and much more."