List of Sierra Nevada road passes

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This table shows the principal paved road passes on or near the crest of the Sierra Nevada, California, United States. The road passes are listed from north to south, with their elevation and access road.

Name Elevation Access Road
Fredonyer Pass[1] 5,748 ft (1,752 m) SR 36
Beckwourth Pass[2] 5,212 ft (1,589 m) SR 70
Western Pacific Railroad (via Chilcoot Tunnel)
Yuba Pass[3] 6,709 ft (2,045 m) SR 49; on the Feather-Yuba divide, not the Sierra Crest
Little Truckee Summit[4] 6,400 ft (1,951 m) SR 89
Donner Summit (Euer Saddle)[5] 7,239 ft (2,206 m)
7,227 ft (2,203 m)
I‑80 westbound
I‑80 eastbound
Donner Pass[6] 7,088 ft (2,160 m) former northern route of Lincoln Highway and US 40, now Donner Pass Road
Central Pacific Railroad (first transcontinental railroad, via Summit Tunnel)
Echo Summit[7] 7,377 ft (2,249 m) former southern route of Lincoln Highway (first paved road across USA), now US 50
Luther Pass[8] 7,735 ft (2,358 m) SR 89; on the Carson-Tahoe divide, not the Sierra Crest
Carson Pass[9] 8,573 ft (2,613 m) SR 88, Pacific Crest Trail (foot trail)
Ebbetts Pass[10] 8,732 ft (2,662 m) SR 4, Pacific Crest Trail (foot trail)
Sonora Pass[11] 9,624 ft (2,933 m) SR 108, Pacific Crest Trail (foot trail)
Tioga Pass[12] 9,943 ft (3,031 m) SR 120
Minaret Summit[13] 9,175 ft (2,797 m) SR 203 (not a trans-Sierra route, as it dead-ends at Reds Meadow)
No roads cross the Sierra Crest for 137 miles (220 km) between Minaret Summit and Ninemile Canyon.
Sherman Pass[14] 9,140 ft (2,786 m) Sherman Pass Road (Forest Route 22S05); on the Kern-South Fork Kern divide, not the Sierra Crest
(none)[15] 6,260 ft (1,908 m) CR J41 (Ninemile Canyon Road/Kennedy Meadow Road)
Walker Pass[16] 5,246 ft (1,599 m) SR 178, Pacific Crest Trail (foot trail)

Portions of most roads passing through elevations of about 7,000 feet (2,100 m) are usually closed during winter, with opening and closure dates varying based on snowfall and available road clearing and repair resources. However, the California Department of Transportation attempts to keep I-80, US 50 and CA 88 open year-round.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Fredonyer Pass, California, USGS 7.5 minute topographic map via TopoQuest". USGS. Retrieved 2014-01-02. 
  2. ^ "Beckwourth Pass, California, USGS 7.5 minute topographic map via TopoQuest". USGS. Retrieved 2014-01-02. 
  3. ^ "Sattley, California, USGS 7.5 minute topographic map via TopoQuest". USGS. Retrieved 2014-01-02. 
  4. ^ "Sierraville, California, USGS 7.5 minute topographic map via TopoQuest". USGS. Retrieved 2014-01-02. 
  5. ^ "Norden, California, USGS 7.5 minute topographic map via TopoQuest". USGS. Retrieved 2014-01-02. 
  6. ^ "Norden, California, USGS 7.5 minute topographic map via TopoQuest". USGS. Retrieved 2014-01-02. 
  7. ^ "Echo Lake, California, USGS 7.5 minute topographic map via TopoQuest". USGS. Retrieved 2014-01-02. 
  8. ^ "Freel Peak, California, USGS 7.5 minute topographic map via TopoQuest". USGS. Retrieved 2014-01-02. 
  9. ^ "Carson Pass, California, USGS 7.5 minute topographic map via TopoQuest". USGS. Retrieved 2014-01-02. 
  10. ^ "Ebbetts Pass, California, USGS 7.5 minute topographic map via TopoQuest". USGS. Retrieved 2014-01-02. 
  11. ^ "Sonora Pass, California, USGS 7.5 minute topographic map via TopoQuest". USGS. Retrieved 2014-01-02. 
  12. ^ "Tioga Pass, California, USGS 7.5 minute topographic map via TopoQuest". USGS. Retrieved 2014-01-02. 
  13. ^ "Mammoth Mountain, California, USGS 7.5 minute topographic map via TopoQuest". USGS. Retrieved 2014-01-02. 
  14. ^ "Sirretta Peak, California, USGS 7.5 minute topographic map via TopoQuest". USGS. Retrieved 2014-01-02. 
  15. ^ "Lamont Peak, California, USGS 7.5 minute topographic map via TopoQuest". USGS. Retrieved 2014-01-02. 
  16. ^ "Walker Pass, California, USGS 7.5 minute topographic map via TopoQuest". USGS. Retrieved 2014-01-02.