Sonora Pass Waterfalls – Long Exposure Beauties on the Roadside
If you make it a point to head over Highway 108 just after it opens in the spring or summer, you won’t regret it. The Stanislaus River (as well as Deadman Creek) is swollen with snowmelt – resulting in beautiful, roadside cascades. Here are some of my favorite long exposure Sonora Pass waterfalls.
I think more than any other of my galleries, this one shows precisely why HWY 108 ranks so high on my list of scenic Sierra drives. At this time, the alpine air is so crisp and fragrant…and the canyons seem to be brimming with vibrant, green life.
In addition to this, the patches of leftover snow on the peaks add some dynamic contrast to these sparse, exposed mountains.
The best part is that these waterfalls are not difficult to locate – you’ll spot them right from the road. I found that afternoon was the ideal time to shoot, due to the position of the sun behind me. I always try to photograph waterfalls illuminated by sunlight, not washed out with the sun directly overhead.
Other Falls – Sonora Pass Waterfalls
Although the most beautiful falls were found roadside along Deadman Creek (before the pass), there are others. I did notice this stringy creek waterfall further east, near Leavitt Meadows Trailhead. I’m not certain, but it may be called “Little Wolf Creek”.
That reminds me, I believe this area is just past Leavitt falls. While I was not able to hike there on this trip, I certainly hope to return. I wonder why all those cars had filled up the trailhead lot!
In closing, I hope you enjoyed these pictures…and that you get a chance to experience this high mountain Shangri-La for yourself! Be sure to check out more of my Sonora Pass photos…
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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.