List of Sierra Nevada road passes

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

The California Department of Transportation attempts to keep Donner Summit (Interstate 80, I-80), Echo Summit (U.S. Route 50, US 50) and Carson Pass (State Route 88, SR 88) open year-round. Most other passes at higher elevation than these are usually closed during winter, with opening and closure dates varying based on snowfall and available road clearing and repair resources.

Name Elevation (ft) Elevation (m) Access Road Notes
Fredonyer Pass[1] 5,748 1,752 SR 36 part of the approximate boundary between the Sierra and the Cascade Range
Beckwourth Pass[2] 5,212 1,589 SR 70
Feather River Route
on the Diamond Mountains spur range
Yuba Pass[3] 6,709 2,045 SR 49 on the Feather River-Yuba River divide, not the Sierra Crest
Little Truckee Summit[4] 6,400 1,951 SR 89
Donner Summit (Euer Saddle)[5] 7,239 2,206 I-80 westbound
7,227 2,203
I-80 eastbound
Donner Pass[6] 7,088 2,160 Donner Pass Road
Overland Route via tunnel
Donner Pass Road is the old route of the northern route of the Lincoln Highway and US 40
Brockway Summit[7] 7,199 2,194
SR 267 on Truckee River divide, not sierra crest
Mount Rose Summit[8] 8,946 2,727
SR 431 on Carson Range spur
highest year round Sierra Nevada highway pass
Spooner Summit[9] 7,158 2,182
US 50 on Carson Range spur
Daggett Pass[10] 7,339 2,237
SR 207 on Carson Range spur
Echo Summit[11] 7,377 2,249 US 50 formerly the southern route of the Lincoln Highway
Luther Pass[12] 7,735 2,358 SR 89 on the Carson-Tahoe divide, not the Sierra Crest
Carson Pass[13] 8,573 2,613 SR 88
Pacific Crest Trail
Monitor Pass[14] 8,321 2,536 SR 89 in the Carson River watershed, not on the Sierra Crest
closed in winter
Ebbetts Pass[15] 8,732 2,662 SR 4
Pacific Crest Trail
closed in winter
Sonora Pass[16] 9,624 2,933 SR 108
Pacific Crest Trail
closed in winter
Tioga Pass[17] 9,943 3,031 SR 120 closed in winter
Minaret Summit[18] 9,175 2,797 SR 203 not a trans-Sierra route, road dead-ends west of summit
closed in winter
No roads cross the Sierra Crest for 137 miles (220 km) between Minaret Summit and Ninemile Canyon.
Sherman Pass[19] 9,140 2,786 Sherman Pass Road (Forest Route 22S05) on the Kern River-South Fork Kern River divide, not the Sierra Crest
closed in winter
unnamed pass[20] 6,260 1,908 CR J41
Ninemile Canyon Road/Kennedy Meadow Road
Walker Pass[21] 5,246 1,599 SR 178
Pacific Crest Trail
Tehachapi Summit[22] 4,064 1,239 SR 58
Southern Pacific Railroad
traditionally marks the south end of the Sierra and the northeast end of the Tehachapis, even though it is primarily associated with the latter

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References[edit]

  1. ^ United States Geological Survey. Fredonyer Pass, California (Topographic map). 1:24,000. 7.5 minute series. Reston, VA: United States Geological Survey. Retrieved January 2, 2014 – via TopoQuest. 
  2. ^ United States Geological Survey. Beckwourth Pass, California (Topographic map). 1:24,000. 7.5 minute series. Reston, VA: United States Geological Survey. Retrieved January 2, 2014 – via TopoQuest. 
  3. ^ United States Geological Survey. Sattley, California (Topographic map). 1:24,000. 7.5 minute series. Reston, VA: United States Geological Survey. Retrieved January 2, 2014 – via TopoQuest. 
  4. ^ United States Geological Survey. Sierraville, California (Topographic map). 1:24,000. 7.5 minute series. Reston, VA: United States Geological Survey. Retrieved January 2, 2014 – via TopoQuest. 
  5. ^ United States Geological Survey. Norden, California (Topographic map). 1:24,000. 7.5 minute series. Reston, VA: United States Geological Survey. Retrieved January 2, 2014 – via TopoQuest. 
  6. ^ United States Geological Survey. Norden, California (Topographic map). 1:24,000. 7.5 minute series. Reston, VA: United States Geological Survey. Retrieved January 2, 2014 – via TopoQuest. 
  7. ^ United States Geological Survey. Martis Peak, California (Topographic map). 1:24,000. 7.5 minute series. Reston, VA: United States Geological Survey. Retrieved May 10, 2018 – via TopoQuest. 
  8. ^ United States Geological Survey. Mount Rose, Nevada (Topographic map). 1:24,000. 7.5 minute series. Reston, VA: United States Geological Survey. Retrieved May 10, 2018 – via TopoQuest. 
  9. ^ United States Geological Survey. Glenbrook, Nevada (Topographic map). 1:24,000. 7.5 minute series. Reston, VA: United States Geological Survey. Retrieved May 10, 2018 – via TopoQuest. 
  10. ^ United States Geological Survey. South Lake Tahoe, California (Topographic map). 1:24,000. 7.5 minute series. Reston, VA: United States Geological Survey. Retrieved May 10, 2018 – via TopoQuest. 
  11. ^ United States Geological Survey. Echo Lake, California (Topographic map). 1:24,000. 7.5 minute series. Reston, VA: United States Geological Survey. Retrieved January 2, 2014 – via TopoQuest. 
  12. ^ United States Geological Survey. Freel Peak, California (Topographic map). 1:24,000. 7.5 minute series. Reston, VA: United States Geological Survey. Retrieved January 2, 2014 – via TopoQuest. 
  13. ^ United States Geological Survey. Carson Pass, California (Topographic map). 1:24,000. 7.5 minute series. Reston, VA: United States Geological Survey. Retrieved January 2, 2014 – via TopoQuest. 
  14. ^ United States Geological Survey. Topaz Lake, Nevada (Topographic map). 1:24,000. 7.5 minute series. Reston, VA: United States Geological Survey. Retrieved October 11, 2017 – via TopoQuest. 
  15. ^ United States Geological Survey. Ebbetts Pass, California (Topographic map). 1:24,000. 7.5 minute series. Reston, VA: United States Geological Survey. Retrieved January 2, 2014 – via TopoQuest. 
  16. ^ United States Geological Survey. Sonora Pass, California (Topographic map). 1:24,000. 7.5 minute series. Reston, VA: United States Geological Survey. Retrieved January 2, 2014 – via TopoQuest. 
  17. ^ United States Geological Survey. Tioga Pass, California (Topographic map). 1:24,000. 7.5 minute series. Reston, VA: United States Geological Survey. Retrieved January 2, 2014 – via TopoQuest. 
  18. ^ United States Geological Survey. Mammoth Mountain, California (Topographic map). 1:24,000. 7.5 minute series. Reston, VA: United States Geological Survey. Retrieved January 2, 2014 – via TopoQuest. 
  19. ^ United States Geological Survey. Sirretta Peak, California (Topographic map). 1:24,000. 7.5 minute series. Reston, VA: United States Geological Survey. Retrieved January 2, 2014 – via TopoQuest. 
  20. ^ United States Geological Survey. Lamont Peak, California (Topographic map). 1:24,000. 7.5 minute series. Reston, VA: United States Geological Survey. Retrieved January 2, 2014 – via TopoQuest. 
  21. ^ United States Geological Survey. Walker Pass, California (Topographic map). 1:24,000. 7.5 minute series. Reston, VA: United States Geological Survey. Retrieved January 2, 2014 – via TopoQuest. 
  22. ^ United States Geological Survey. Tehachapi North, California (Topographic map). 1:24,000. 7.5 minute series. Reston, VA: United States Geological Survey. Retrieved September 17, 2017 – via TopoQuest. 

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