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Sonora Pass

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By Dennis Barr (2 McR Points) on Sep 01, 2008

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Guest
September 21, 2009
I live in Sonora and do this ride several times a…
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Jam5158
July 26, 2014
This is one of the most spectacular rides around…
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Written Directions

Start in Sonora, CA and head east on CA 108 all the way until it junctions with US-395 in the town of Sonora Junction - 79 scenic miles in all.

Scenery

This route delivers breathtaking vistas of snow covered mountain peaks, mountain meadows, wild flowers, wild life, water falls, and trees of every description. Panoramas so beautiful, they look painted. This is strictly a summer road as it is closed in winter. You can still see snow at the end of summer near the mountain peaks.



Photo contributed by a visitor in July 09: "This is the top of Senora Pass, approximately 10,000 ft."

Drive Enjoyment

The pavement quality is good for a two lane mountain road. The road is steep, narrow and very twisty near the pass. Overall this is not a beginner's road. Steep and narrow, with sheer drop offs. Awesome ride for an experienced rider.

Tourism Opportunities

There are no stores or gas station on the east side of the pass, and 18 Miles from the west junction to the nearest town Bridgeport. One recommendation for food - Strawberry ski lodge is a great lunch stop.

Motorcycle Road Additional info

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Guest
September 21, 2009
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Motorcycle Type : Cruiser
I live in Sonora and do this ride several times a year. It never gets old. I've always told my ridin' buddies, it's prettier than Yosemite, with ALOT less traffic.I'll have to disagree about amenities though. Kennedy Meadows is open through the Summer, as well as Dardenell Resort. Kennedy's has a lodge and bar/diner. Dardenell has a great diner, store, and gas pumps,, as well as cabin rentals.
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Jam5158
July 26, 2014
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Motorcycle Type : Touring
This is one of the most spectacular rides around central California. The going through the area right out of Sonora is a little slow and mild ridding but once you pass Strawberry it gets good. Beautiful winding roadway all the way up to the top of Sonora pass at 9500 ft. Just hope you don't get stuck behind some slow pokes who refuse to yield the road to faster vehicles. On your way up stop in Mi-Wuk Village at Andy's Mt Grill for the best ribs and sweet potato fries on the mountain or the Burbon bacon cheeseburger!!! Yumm-O
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Guest
July 24, 2009
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Motorcycle Type : Touring
I rode this route in July 09 but, I started from Hwy. 395. It was an exciting ride to say the least. Starting out there are many sharp curves and some that will surprise you, with switchbacks coming just over a small rises. It is well suited to a sportbike but, can be fun on a tourer. You have to be careful as there are some surprising turns. After you get over the summit the road gets better with more sweeping turns. This was by far one of the best sections of my trip from Alaska. Beautiful scenery and fantastic views.
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