Sonora Pass Road Trip Photos – A Scenic California Drive
If you ever have a chance to take a drive up California’s scenic SR108, I definitely recommend it. I took the following photos on a Sonora pass road trip in June, soon after the road opened for the season.
As you wind through the dense Stanislaus National Forest, soon you’ll come upon scenic Kennedy Meadows and Dardanelle. I believe it was around here that I took this long exposure photo of the bridge over Eagle Creek.
It’s quite surreal to drive here so quickly from the summer heat of Sonora. The air begins to cool quickly, and before you know it, there are patches of snow on the side of the road. Suddenly BOOM…there’s Night Cap Peak, covered in snow.
As I continued up the road near the summit, the surroundings became more rocky and scenic.
There looks to be some excellent roadside climbing and bouldering around here.
While in general you won’t see many tourists on this route, the turnouts near the actual summit of Sonora Pass may be the exception.
Summit – Sonora Pass Road Trip – A Scenic California Drive
I noticed that the roadside landscapes change quite dramatically once over the top. The valleys and fields are lush and vibrant – at least at this time of year.
The super high elevation (over 9,000ft) on such a short drive is a testament to just how quickly your car ascends on this trip. The town of Sonora, what feels like just a stones throw away, is only at 1,800ft.
If I had to choose, I prefer the scenery on the second half of this journey.
Keep an eye out for wildlife along the road – I saw a coyote in broad daylight once. I believe that trip was in October.
Although you may think that’s all this gorgeous mountain route has to offer, I have more for you. I actually think the following Sonora Pass landscapes & mountain waterfalls are even better. Happy traveling!
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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.