Sonora Pass is Open


Posted by Annie in Outdoors, Twain Harte News on May 18, 2016

Sonora pass is officially open for the season!

MyMotherlode reports…

“Caltrans officials confirm that Highway 108 Sonora Pass is now clear for motorists. It is the third of the Mother Lode’s three passes to be ready for seasonal travel.”

When I first moved to Twain Harte, I thought it was so strange that they would close the highway for the winter.

I come from Michigan, where they use salt on the roads, not sand. I haven’t lived there in years, but the last time I can recall a road being closed, was during the blizzard of 1978. They closed down highway 75 — a major highway for at least 24 hours.  Of course, that was the day before my wedding.  Not many people came.

Apparently, we still have snow on the mountain. If you hurry up there, like in the next week or two, you might actually get to see some. If you make the trip, be sure to post some pictures in the comments.

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Winter Already?


Posted by Shawn & Annette in Outdoors, Twain Harte News on May 25, 2012

This morning we have had rain, hail and even snow. I know it’s Memorial Day weekend, and it’s supposed to be nice outside. We could have a repeat of 2010…remember when they closed the pass in June? It’s only May, but still…

Mymotherlode reports:

English: Mountain Pass Sign, Sonora Pass, CA S...

Mountain Passes Closed

Two Mother Lode mountain passes are closed due to the changing weather conditions.

Because of the winter-like weather, Highway 108 Sonora Pass is now closed at Kennedy Meadows, and Highway 4 Ebbetts Pass is closed at the Mount Reba turnoff. Caltrans says it was done primarily as a precautionary measure.

There is a weather advisory until 6:00 p.m.  We are expecting high winds and we could get as much a 8 inches of snow before it’s done!

Here’s a video I took this morning.

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