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Address: Highway 4, Sierra Nevada Mountains, Angels Camp, CA

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2 hours of a beautiful drive

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Angels Camp, California
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Angels Camp, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

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 camp this is the road to travel.

Thank dannydwelley
Tauranga, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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 narrow in places but because there's next to no traffic it doesn't matter. Things get... More 

Thank Peter M
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2016 via mobile

I have never seen a place as beautiful as this highway. I will be back for sure when in the area and the roads are open. Words can't describe the natural beauty in the area.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2015 via mobile

Beautiful drive. Extremely frustrating to suddenly arrive at a gate closing the road. Like u couldn't put that at the bottom of the hill? All the locals know this happens at the first threat of snow. The Angels Camp / Murphys side is well marked from the bottom of the hill. Murfreesboro had no such notices. Very frustrating.

Thank friendoftoodleloo
Arnold, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2015

Love this pass! Many places to stop and picnic, fish and enjoy the scenery! Alpine Resort offers Camping, Cabins, and a Lodge with wonderful Lunch and Dinner during the season... Spring through early Fall. Spicer Dam, great place for picnic boating and on the way in... stopping by a creek side ... getting wet for toddlers ... at the creek... More 

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Plymouth, IIndiana
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2015

This drive is awesome. The road is very slow going but the views and vistas are worth the drive ! A must do once trip

1 Thank journy
Morgan Hill, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2015

My husband and I came from the Markleeville side of the mountain. I was doing research of the area including Ebbet's Pass for my book project. Traveling toward it on Highway 4 was fine until we were going up on switchbacks in the snow. Then the closed Iron Gate at one juncture killed any plans to reach the summit. Imagine... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2015

We were lucky enough to get to drive this road with no traffic in front of us - totally amazing! It's such a beautiful drive - lots of twists and turns and the road itself feels new. A little scary when cars/RVs are coming the other way as the road is quite narrow. Would love to drive this road again... More 

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Columbia, South Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2015

It is one lane most of the way. The scenery is beautiful, but we had to dive on the very edge of the road or were sometimes forced off the road by very large trucks driving down the center of the lane. Some of these vehicles were large recreational vehicles and some were trucks pulling horses and farm equipment. On... More 

1 Thank mersmom2016
Manassas, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2015

This was a super fun drive, beautiful scenic views. Be prepared for a slow drive due to both steep, winding roads and the fact that it's a one-lane road with traffic moving in both directions. Had to pull over a couple of times to let other cars pass. That was tricky... please just drive carefully.

Thank Tracy S

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