Ebbetts Pass Photos – A Quaint Sierra Crossing
California’s Highway 4 runs east to west, and the stretch over the Sierra has some particularly scenic attractions along the way. While I was not able to cover all of them in this article, here are some of my favorite Ebbetts Pass photos.
As you begin your ascent into California’s Stanislaus National Forest, you’ll pass the scenic mountain town of Arnold. Soon after, you’ll see the entrance to Calaveras Big Trees on your right. However, I don’t have any photos of these giant sequoia trees yet.
However, I do have photos of one of this area’s best kept secrets. OK, to be fair…it may not be so much of a secret anymore, but Union Reservoir is probably my top choice for a camping weekend up here. Both designated and wilderness sites are available.
I enjoyed this reservoir because of all the granite features…it’s something that tends to be more prevalent in locations further south.
Lake Alpine – Ebbetts Pass Photos
This heavily-trafficked lake is undoubtedly one of Highway 4’s most famous attractions. It’s also a quintessential Sierra summer camp, complete with fishing, boating, and lake cabins.
In my humble opinion, this is where Ebbetts Pass starts to really shine. Just after the lake, you’ll notice the road narrows and becomes more scenic. The alpine wildflowers and vistas looking out over Cape Horn are unforgettable.
Although I’m not sure these were designated camping spots, I did see people with tents set up right along the roadside! From what I remember, they said it was perfectly legal to camp there. I have to say – I certainly wouldn’t mind waking up in a tent with a view like this…
Mosquito lakes – Ebbetts Pass Photos
Speaking of views, for me, nothing tops the scenery around Mosquito Lakes. You literally can’t miss it – the highway passes right by.
Pacific Grade Summit – Ebbetts Pass Photos
Just after the lake, you’ll reach the Pacific Grade Summit. I believe the image at the top of the page was also taken from this viewpoint. Ebbetts Pass may not have the jaw dropping landscapes some of its more famous cousins do, but due to the lack of tourists and quaint thoroughfare, it still nears the top of my list nonetheless.
Generally, this route is not known for waterfalls. Considering this, I was quite pleased to come across this beautiful roadside cascade. I had to climb a tiny bit to reach the scene above.
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I’m Nathan Allen, photographer / creator of YosemiteParkPhotos.com (Yosemite Photos) and international travel site I Dreamed Of This. In truth, I lived in San Francisco, New York, & Singapore…but nothing compares to life in the mountains. I share my experiences HERE.