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 numbered from north to south, with their elevation and access road.

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

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  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. Echo Lake, California (Topographic map). 1:24,000. 7.5 minute series. Reston, VA: United States Geological Survey. Retrieved January 2, 2014 – via TopoQuest. 
  8. ^ 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. 
  9. ^ 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. 
  10. ^ 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. 
  11. ^ 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. 
  12. ^ 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. 
  13. ^ 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. 
  14. ^ 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. 
  15. ^ 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. 
  16. ^ 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.