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Ebbetts Pass Scenic By-way

Address: Highway 4, Sierra Nevada Mountains, Angels Camp, CA
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Ranked #5 of 10 Attractions in Angels Camp
Type: Scenic Drives, Sightseeing Tours
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Type: Scenic Drives, Sightseeing Tours
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California, USA
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135 reviews 135 reviews
26 attraction reviews
73 helpful votes 73 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

This scenic highway is fun to drive, and even more fun if you are a passenger. Stanislaus National Forest has lots of areas to stop and explore. Enjoy the curves and the scenery that unfolds.

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Austin, Texas
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95 reviews 95 reviews
22 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2013

We made the drive from Murphy's to South Lake Tahoe on Hwy 4 and really loved Ebbetts Pass. There was lots of smoke in the area from fires near Yosemite, but this did not stop us. We only saw about six other cars during our drive and loved the view and seclusion of this drive. It was one of our... More 

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Arnold, California
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25 reviews 25 reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2013

The smell of the air and the open road,I have enjoyed many rides over the pass's in California. There is something about taking that ride,being able to pull off and look out over the valley of trees below with the wind blowing the smell of fresh pines..it honestly feels like heaven on earth and makes you feel like such a... More 

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Angels Camp, California
2 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2012

This is the most beautiful hwy in this part of calif. from big trees state park to the biggest burger around at sues cafe in the ceder ridge center. i work here doing all the water plants on the pass and to taste the water is like drinking melted fresh snow.

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Pinecrest CA
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19 reviews 19 reviews
18 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2012

Every year we take a drive over Sonora Pass and then northon 395 and back over Ebbits Pass. Then we go back to sonora Pass. Both passes in a day's drive make for quite a view of California. Amazing day!

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Merced, California
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69 reviews 69 reviews
23 attraction reviews
70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2012

Riding over this beautiful pass in August is a thrilling experience and I am sure it would be wonderful in any type of vehicle. There was still snow on the higher peaks and the weather was absolutely perfect. Take a picnic and plan to eat lunch in one of the spectacular meadows.

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San Diego, California
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53 reviews 53 reviews
15 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2012

This was a beautiful road for most of the trip. The last couple of miles were a bit blah. The were quite a few narrow twists and turns that made me wish I was't in the passenger seat and closer to the edge. If you don't have a fear of heights and want to take a slow drive through some... More 

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Renton, Washington
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83 reviews 83 reviews
18 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2012

Yes you should drive this road but slowly, if you are suicidal tow a trailer. Pretty but hard to pull off to see vistas, road is windy with some grades of 26%.

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Renton, Washington
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21 reviews 21 reviews
5 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2012

Lots of beautiful scenery on this winding road. Don't try to take this drive too fast. You would miss too much if you don't take it slow.

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Los Angeles, California
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2012

Give yourself a full day to explore this route. Many slow turns and the single lane keep your attention focused.

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