Ebbetts Pass — a high mountain pass of the Sierra Nevada range in Alpine County – is part of the Ebbetts Pass National Scenic Byway, a 61-mile stretch of California State Highways 4 and 89 in Calaveras and Alpine counties, between the towns of Arnold and Markleeville. It includes expansive views of granite outcrops, basalt columns, ancient volcanic peaks, deep river canyons, glacially carved valleys, majestic stands of conifers including giant sequoias, open meadows, clear mountain lakes, and swiftly flowing streams and rivers. All can be experienced along the route. This recommendation did come with a heads-up that “Hwy. 4 in Alpine County is not snowplowed in the winter.”
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