Ebbetts Pass

Ebbetts Pass


Ebbetts Pass

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The Ebbetts Pass National Scenic Byway is one of the most scenic drives across California’s Sierra Nevada Mountains. Stretching about 76 miles between two State Parks – Calaveras Big Trees and Grover Hot Springs – and passing through the Stanislaus and Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forests, the pass offers a fantastic opportunity to witness and explore this rugged landscape that was home to the native peoples of the area and to pioneer emigrants alike.

Ebbetts ranges from approximately 3000 feet to 8500 feet in elevation, and displays expansive views of granite outcrops, basalt columns, ancient volcanic peaks, river canyons and glacially carved valleys, incredible stands of conifers including giant sequoias, open meadows, glassy mountain lakes, and a web of streams and rivers.

Conveniently, it begins just a few miles east of Red Apple Ranch and continues on up Highway 4 into the Sierras. Clearly the area is full of day-tip opportunities and this is yet one more option to pack up a cooler and your camera and hit the road for some site-seeing.

WHAT: Ebbetts Pass National Scenic Byway
WHERE: Stretching Highway 4 between Murphys and Markleeville