Ebbetts Pass Road Trip: HWY 4’s Scenic Byway Is Calling You
I don’t think many people realize that this humble highway passing through Stockton, California actually continues up and over the beautiful High Sierra. Indeed it does, and these photos of my Ebbetts Pass road trip in summer prove it…
This “scenic byway” is located between SR108 to the south, and CA-88 to the north. To me, the road is at its most scenic where it narrows just after Lake Alpine. The area shown below is called “Cape Horn”, and it’s quite nice.
I pulled the truck over here at the Pacific Grade Summit, just after Mosquito Lakes. Some breathtaking high Sierra views up here.
As you can see, it pays to drive carefully. This may not look like a two way road – but it definitely is! This corner is especially dangerous, because I imagine that these sweeping views distract drivers as well.
While I do like having a truck to haul my gear, I must say I was a bit jealous of this biker on his classic Harley. What a day for a ride…
The Cape Horn area also features a few primitive sites where you can pull over and do some car camping. I imagine if you show up during the week, scoring a campsite with a great view shouldn’t be a problem…
Yes, this route provides quite the picture perfect joy ride…I found some dirt forest roads that looked like a lot of fun if I had a jeep like this. My truck isn’t 4 wheel drive, and it’s so light that the back tires spin out easily.
Anyway, enjoy…and be sure to check out my main gallery for Ebbetts Pass landscapes as well!
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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.