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 Pass rises to 9,623 feet, making it the second highest pass in the Sierra. Even with low volumes of snow, Sonora Pass and Ebbetts Pass require closure during the winter season. Sonora Pass has grades in excess of 20% and Ebbetts Pass had grades...Read More
Category: Mokelumne Wilderness
A land of diversity, the Mokelumne sits astride the Sierra crest. From high alpine granite to volcanic formations, this world is truly where east meets west.
The Mokelumne (pronounced moo-ka-la-mi), located at the junction of northern, southern and eastern Sierra botanic provinces, is renowned for its incredible diversity. Elevations range from 4,000 feet near Salt Springs reservoir to over 10,380 ft at Round Top Peak in the north.
Visitors will immediately notice the variety of rock comprising its mountains and canyons. An important example of “crest zone” geology, the metamorphic rock capping Mokelumne Peak once covered most of the Sierra’s granite. This layer of volcanic rock, sand, and mud can be found here alongside weathered granite as old as the dinosaurs.
EBBETTS PASS (STATE ROUTE 4), MONITOR PASS (STATE ROUTE 89), AND SONORA PASS (STATE ROUTE 108) CLOSED FOR 2019/2020 WINTER SEASON Stockton – The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) has closed State Route 4 over Ebbetts Pass, Route 89 over Monitor Pass and Route 108 over Sonora Pass for the 2019/2020 winter season as of Monday, December 2, 2019. The routes were last open to vehicle traffic on November 26, 2019. The recent storms and accumulation of snow, make the seasonal closure necessary for the safety of motorists and Caltrans crews. The weather conditions on the passes and subsequent...Read More
by Sierra REC magazine - Charlie Pankey ~ Publisher | Nov 9, 2019 | Alpine County, Central Sierra, Day Trips, Destination reviews, Destinations, Lake Tahoe, Lake Tahoe, Mammoth, Mono county, National Forest, National Parks, Northern Sierra, PCT, Recreation, Routes, Sonora Pass, State Parks, The Carson Valley | 0 |
In honor of My 50th Birthday I give You My 50 Favorite Sierra Locations I have been Blessed to Visit Sierra Rec Magazine Exclusive – Charlie Pankey – November 9, 2019 – Ok so I am no spring chicken any longer, but I have had a blessed couple years of exploring the natural wonders of the Sierra and I have no plans of stopping anytime soon. My 50th Birthday is a time to celebrate the many blessings that God has granted me including a great family and good friends to share my experiences with along the way. As I...Read More
by Charlie Pankey | Oct 18, 2019 | Backpacking, Camping, Day Hikes, Destination reviews, Eldorado National Forest, Fishing and Hunting, Hiking, Lake Tahoe, Lake Tahoe, Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit, News and Events, Route 50, Route 89 | 0 |
Once Known Simply As The “Devils Valley” Desolation Wilderness Turns 50! Sierra Rec Magazine, October 2019 – In 1969, the Lake Tahoe Region became home to Americas newest Wilderness Area, Desolation Wilderness. A 64,000 acre plot of land once called the “Devils Valley” inhabited only by the Washoe and set aside as the Desolation Valley Primitive Area in 1931. Desolation Wilderness in 50 years has become one of the most visited wilderness areas in the United States. With the proximity to Lake Tahoe and the easy of access provided by numerous trailheads from every side of the wilderness boundary,...Read More
The Devil Makes Three, The Infamous Stringdusters & Billy Strings to Headline 6th Annual California Edition of WinterWondergrass, Taking Place March 27-29, 2020 Today, the WinterWonderGrass Music & Brew Festival shares the 2020 lineup across all three of their flagship events. Taking place in Colorado from Feb. 21-23, California from March 27-29 and Vermont from April 10-11, the traveling music festival will welcome performances from some of the hottest names currently thriving in today’s Bluegrass and Americana music scenes. “It’s with a mountain of intention, huge hearts, humility and a commitment to delivering the hottest and sweetest artists that we present...Read More
Highway 88 Recreation- Update October 2, 2019 Sandy Cove and Ferguson Point day use areas will close October 3 for the 2019 season. Sandy Cove and Ferguson Point day use areas will close tomorrow morning for the 2019 season. The Silver Lake Boat Ramp and Caples Lake Boat Launch facilities will remain open as long as weather and water conditions allow. Be sure to check Highway 88 road conditions through CalTrans before...Read More
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