The High Sierra Passes thread. Tales and Photos

Discussion in 'West – California, the desert southwest and whatev' started by wrk2surf, Dec 5, 2016.

  1. wrk2surf

    wrk2surf on the gas or brakes

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    Please share your ride tales and images of rides across the great sierra passes in this thread.

    I have edited the title to keep things separated as I still plan to do a yearly thread on road openings and closures each year that only covers that.. and only that. I will close thread and let it die each season.

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  2. Andrew

    Andrew Optimus Primer Super Moderator Super Supporter

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    January 2012... Tioga Pass was opened in the middle of a very dry winter... and I took advantage to drive up for a day.

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  3. ChiefH134

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    I rode deer creek via Twain Harte saturday. I had hoped for more traffic through the trails to clean them out but everything was under a few inches of melted and refrozen snow.


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  4. wrk2surf

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    maybe a late opening ..... Tioga pass office

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    Big Oak Flat Road/Hwy 120 is closed indefinitely due to road damage...

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    Work hasn't been started, it'll be well into summer before this is open i'm sure.
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  8. wrk2surf

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    There is actually still only one way into the park and it actually has a one lane section.. crazy. 41 got delayed to the 15th.
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  9. cyclopathic

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    Bummer.
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  10. michaeln

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    Tioga Pass is beautiful, but it is my least favorite of the mountain passes for a motorcycle ride. Too much traffic, too many motor homes, oppressively low speed limits.

    Sonora Pass is my favorite, closely followed by Ebbetts, with Carson Pass a distant third.
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  11. Parx400

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    Sonora East bound is amazing.
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  12. michaeln

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    Yep. I live in Angels Camp, so my favorite loop after the passes open is Angels to Sonora, up over Sonora Pass, down to 395 and north to Monitor Pass, then Ebbetts, back to Angels.

    The other direction is great too. If I go east up 4 over Ebbetts, I usually stop in Markleeville for breakfast.
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    Agreed about Sonora Pass.
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  14. vaara

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    Informal pool about when they'll open? My SWAGs are:

    Ebbetts - 5/20
    Sonora - 5/26
    Tioga - who knows, maybe August? :/
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  15. cyclopathic

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    You've gotta hit Tioga early in the morning. We camped at the bottom (powerplant road) years ago and then when we went up my 2up loaded bike maxed out at 60-65mph.

    All other times we were lucky to get to 30mph getting stuck behind RVs.
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    Naw, I'll skip it. Done it many times, would rather ride elsewhere.
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    Av8rPaul Have bike will travel

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    Sonora pass is beautiful.

    Carson pass is my commute to work. Around Silver Lake the pavement is trashed from the construction they started last season, potholes and mud. Fine for ADV folks.
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    Av8rPaul Have bike will travel

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    That's crazy. I drove past the "river eating Hwy 50" spot the other day and it's going to be interesting how they fix that mess!
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    It looked like they had a really good handle on the fix when we drove through Sunday afternoon. Had the area that had slid away built back up.
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    Av8rPaul Have bike will travel

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    Wow, that's amazing. The river was boiling down below, hats off to Caltrans on that one.
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