Ebbetts Pass National Scenic Byway

Spectacular vistas, changing elevations and amazing fall colors are just part of the appeal of Ebbetts Pass, one of just 7 National Scenic Byways in California.

Ebbetts Pass National Scenic Byway Fall Color Lucia Gonzalez

It’s well worth your time to drive east over the gorgeous Ebbetts Pass National Scenic Byway before it closes in the winter snow. A two-lane highway, with sharp switch-backs and high alpine scenery, this road is full of wonder and excitement. Get full details on all you can see along the 61-mile long route at Scenic4.org.

Ebbetts Pass National Scenic Byway | Barry Boulton

Spectacular views on the Ebbetts Pass National Scenic Byway | Barry Boulton

Nature photographers have a wide variety of different views and terrain to capture, while wildlife enthusiasts can enjoy the pristine wilderness habitats of many wild animals and bird species. There are multiple places to pull over, get out and really immerse yourself in the spectacular Sierra scenery.

Ebbetts Pass National Scenic Byway | Lucia Gonzalez

Aspen groves on the Ebbetts Pass National Scenic Byway | Lucia Gonzalez

This twisting highway is also a dream to ride on motorcycle or bicycle, and is fun to drive. It’s the kind of road that makes you pay attention, with constantly changing views, elevations, twists and turns, keeping you on your toes. Motorized vehicles must be sure to keep an eye out for bicyclists and the potential for for slow moving RVs around blind corners.

Check out the many interesting features to enjoy from west to east including:

Arnold | Sierra Nevada Logging Museum | White Pines | Calaveras Big Trees State Park | Dorrington | Camp Connell | Stanislaus River—Sourgrass Recreation Area | Sourgrass Debris Flow | Cottage Springs | Gann’s Meadow | Liberty Vista | Big Meadow | Hell’s Kitchen Vista | Spicer Reservoir | Utica and Union Reservoirs | Tamarack | Bear Valley | Lake Alpine | Cape Horn Vista | Stanislaus Meadow | Sandy Meadow | Mosquito Lakes | Pacific Valley | Hermit Valley | Highland Lakes | Ebbetts Pass | Pacific Crest Trail | Kinney Reservoir | Aspen Groves | Volcanic Neck and Upper Cascade Falls | Silver Mountain City | Scossa’s Cow Camp | Chalmer’s Mansion and Pioneer Cemetery | East Fork Carson River | Centerville Flat | Monitor Pass | Markleeville | Grover Hot Springs State Park

Calaveras Outdoor Recreation: Union Reservoir | Jill Seale

Kayaking on Union Reservoir | Jill Seale

You can join the celebration of Ebbetts Pass as a National Scenic Byway at the annual Ebbetts Pass Scenic Celebration, affectionately known as Hermitfest with a full day of free music.

Videos and blogs featuring the Ebbetts Pass National Scenic Byway: Fall Colors | Calaveras Backroads and Byways – Some of Our Best Little Secrets

Spicer Reservoir Road

Spicer Reservoir Road | Lisa Boulton