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Sonora Pass – HWY 108 Scenic Byway

Pinecrest Lake on Sonora Pass - Route HWY 108

The HWY 108 Corridor in California, better known as Sonora Pass is an exhilarating travel route across the Sierra from typically Mid May until the first real snowfall of the season in the fall.  However, recreation is an all season opportunity on the Sonora Scenic Hwy. From hiking, camping & fishing, to skiing, snowmobiling and snowshoeing, Sonora will invite family recreation and hard core physically challenging adventures.

The Below list of location and links will help you plan your next visit.

Popular destinations include Leavitt Meadows on the Eastside and Pinecrest Lake on the Western side of the mountain and The PCT Crossover on top of the pass.  One of Sierra Recs top tips for Sonora Pass, Pull over often and just listen, there are water features all over the place. Horseback riding out of Leavitt’s Meadow is an incredible day trip and hiking to the various back-country lakes in the Hoover Wilderness is always a great trip.

Lake and Pond Fishing Areas

  • Beardsley Reservoir –   located on the Middle Fork of the Stanislaus River.From Beardsley Dam downstream to the U.S. Forest Service footbridge at Spring Gap, there are special fishing regulations per the Department of Fish and Wildlife.
  • Pinecrest Lake – The California Department of Fish and Wildlife regularly stocks Pinecrest Lake with rainbow trout.
  • Donnell Reservoir –  located in a steep rocky canyon of the Middle Fork Stanislaus River approximately 5 miles upstream from Beardsley Reservoir, 7 miles from Highway 108 off Beardsley Road on 5N09X.
  • Lyons Reservoir – offers excellent fishing from the shore. Boating and swimming are prohibited at Lyons Reservoir. You’ll find rainbow and brown trout. Fishing in the river upstream from Lyons Reservoir is excellent.
  • Emigrant Lake – You’ll need to put in a full day of hiking  in order to reach Emigrant Lake, deep in the Emigrant Wilderness; but your efforts will be rewarded with great fishing. Nearby lakes such as Huckleberry Lake, Big Lake, and Buck Lakes are equally as good for fly fishing and spin casting. Click here for details map and info for this hike.

River and Stream Fishing Areas

The Leavitt Meadows Trail Access also provides great day hike and backpack fishing trips

Day Trip Fishing at:

  • Poore Reservoir
  • Roosevelt Lake
  • Lane Lake
  • Fremont Lake
  • Secret Lake
  • Upper & Lower Long Lake
  • Walker Meadows
  • Upper Piute Meadows

Sonora Pass and Ebbett’s Pass Open For Summer Season

Expect lots of snow, but access over two of the Sierra Popular Scenic Routes opened today for recreational travel. TUOLUMNE COUNTY — The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) has removed the winter snow, cleared the debris, made necessary repairs and opened State Route 108 (SR-108)/Sonora Pass at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 30, 2019. Sonora [...]

Some seasonal roads on Stanislaus National Forest will remain closed until June 30

This winter a series of strong storms hit California, causing extensive damage to roads, trails, infrastructure and ecosystems on California's national forests. SONORA, Calif., May 17, 2019 – For those travelers making plans to head to the mountains for Memorial Day weekend and beyond. the national Forest in many of the Sierra Mountain range has issued [...]

High Sierra Passes and Popular Recreational Areas Starting to Open For Summer 2017- Latest Updates

Inyo National Forest Opens Lakes Basin Road Wednesday Here Are The Most Recent Update For Popular Sierra Passes and Scenic Byways Sierra Rec Magazine, Eastern Sierra News - June 22, 2017-  Almost on cue with the Summer solstice in 2017 road crews and county agencies have started to get the upper hand on the 2017 snowpack and access [...]

Three Days in the Hoover Wilderness- A great beginners backpack trip out of Leavitt Meadow

Hoover Wilderness Backpacking From Leavitt Meadow Sonora Pass - Leavitt Meadow Ca, - Sonora Pass is known for its rugged steep drive over the Sierra. The vista-view points, access to the PCT  and various backcountry lakes and hikes.  However, for a true experience of Sonora pass a backpacking trip into the Hoover Wilderness provides an [...]

Hire A Pack Guide Out Of Leavitt’s Meadow And Enjoy The Backcountry

Leavitt Meadow Pack Station Provides Quality Trip into Hoover Wilderness for Visitors and Guests Leavitt's Meadow, Sonora Pass Ca -  So does hiking 12 miles round trip seems a bit excessive to you?  How about riding a horse and enjoying the backcountry all the same? Plus the Pack Horse can carry all you favorite items, fishing [...]

Temporarily closure of Pinecrest Lake boat ramp

Sonora, Calif., (May 10, 2016)…The boat ramp at Pinecrest Lake will be closed to the public due to required inspections and maintenance on Strawberry Dam on May 16 and 26.  Click to view map. Pacific Gas & Electric Co. divers will be performing work on the tower outlet gates of Strawberry Dam, which feeds Pinecrest [...]

Stanislaus National Forest Announces Pinecrest Lake Campgrounds Are Open

Pinecrest Lake Campgrounds Open for the First Weekend of Fishing Season. Great news! #PinecrestLake #campgrounds on #HWY108 is scheduled to open April 28 — StanislausForest (@Stanislaus_NF) April 22, 2016 Pinecrest Recreation Area is located at Pinecrest Lake, a 300-acre lake owned and operated by Pacific, Gas and Electric Company. It is located 30 [...]

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