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Highway 4, Sierra Nevada Mountains, Angels Camp, CA 95223
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Reviewed January 13, 2019

Beautiful pass over the Sierras. As long as you're not in a rush, and want some great photo moments, use Hiway 4. I have been over this stretch dozens of times and still look forward to going over it again. Lakes, streams, and some great...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed September 5, 2018 via mobile

We had done this Pass many years ago and it was more like a Hiking Trail for Cars, but now they totally have redone the Pass and it is much easier and beautiful to drive. We truly enjoyed the scenery today and such an easy...More

Date of experience: September 2018
1  Thank 345marshaa
Reviewed July 14, 2018

Did a round trip Sonora-Sonora Junction (via Sonora Pass on 108) then Topaz and back on 89/4 via Monitor Pass and Ebbetts Pass. I'd read how scary this was supposed to be. Well Sonora Pass (no snow left) was frankly boring, whereas Monitor/Ebbetts was stunning....More

Date of experience: July 2018
1  Thank James B
Reviewed June 16, 2018

California State Route 4 (elevation 8.730’). About a two-hour drive between Big Trees and Markleville. Google maps would not route me through this pass. It is not for the faint of heart, but it is a stunning challenging drive that we chose to take on...More

Date of experience: May 2018
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Reviewed April 24, 2018

We were only able to go to Alpine Lake as the road was closed due to snow at that point. But we really enjoyed the trip; we stopped several times to take in the views. Lake Alpine is at 7,000 feet and there was snow...More

Date of experience: April 2018
3  Thank Gina A
Reviewed March 4, 2018

A beautiful drive along a well maintained two lane highway with plenty of places to explore off the main road. The scenery brings you in touch with nature and you can experience how the different elevations and seasons change as you continue on your drive....More

Date of experience: October 2017
Thank Clea L
Reviewed November 3, 2016

A cool road twisting and turning, a lot of sharp 180 degree turns. Would recommend driving this in daylight when the road is dry... The hairpin turns, in wet/icy conditions and at dark.... was an "interesting" experience... The east part is the worst, most narrow.

Date of experience: October 2016
2  Thank FrodeEyolf
Reviewed October 5, 2016

After breakfast, we made a 9 o’clock departure on highway 4 toward Markleeville, county seat for California’s smallest county, Alpine. It’s only 36 miles but it took almost two hours of driving on a two-lane curvy road. It was scenic all the way with giant...More

Date of experience: April 2016
2  Thank Tommy M
Reviewed September 19, 2016

I drive over several times a year only in summer because it's closed in winter. I take my Harley Davidson sportster over when it's not a busy weekend so there is not much traffic. Then enjoy a little gambling in Nevada. If you love to...More

Date of experience: August 2016
1  Thank dannydwelley
Reviewed September 5, 2016

There's probably a reason why there are so few reviews on here. It's not exactly the shortest or quickest route over the Sierras but it sure is one of the most scenic ones. The road (as any mountain pass really) is steep and curvy and...More

Date of experience: August 2016
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