Strawberry Pass is a 10.4 mile lightly trafficked point-to-point trail located near Kyburz, CA and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for off road driving and is accessible from May until November.
off road driving
Great point to pooint trail. North / South route a bit more challenging. Good elevation gain in relatively short distance. Rock obstacles and swails give trail good range for different types of driving challenges. Be sure to stop at the sumit overlooking Caples Lake, and Kirkwood Ski Resort. Strawberry Pass is a scenic trail that connects highways 50 and 88. The trail is generally run from the North, which allows you to climb up from Highway 50 over Strawberry pass (8,615 feet). The Northern half of the trail is the most difficult while the outhern half remains easy to moderate. There are only two tough obstacles on the trail. The first being a squeeze between a tree and rock and the other known as Painted Rock. The squeeze can be negotiated by a stock vehicle and a large flat stone on Pained Rock has been moved allowing access for even slightly modified vehicles.
This trail is currently closed due to a lawsuit in El Dorado National Forest. It should re-open by mid 2018. For more info please see the EDNF 42 routes info page: http://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/eldorado/home/?cid=stelprdb5362046
I love this trail! Traveling from North to South gives us a great payoff at the end. Strawberry Pass, and views of Caples Lake, Kirkwood Ski Resort, Kit Carson Pass and so much more. In late July spring color starts to show and makes for spectacular photos. In 2009 it snowed on us in late July at Caples Lake, but for the past two years its been outstanding, Camping at the pass is great also. Watch the sun go down after a long day on the trail, and wake up early to camp coffee and the High Sierra sunrise.
The trail is steep and has some great rocks. Traffic travels in both directions and can be fun when traveling through narrow and steep corridors. For us, this trail is the first leg of a three highway tour. Strawberry Pass to Deer Valley, Deer Valley to SlickRock, SlickRock to SPFR 52 (Dorrington to Beardsley). Great trip!!!
We started from Hwy 88 at the Caples Lake maintenance station near Carson Pass and it ends at Strawberry, Hwy 50. Some parts were difficult and a come along maybe a helpful tool to have. More water crossings in the spring not anything to deep. Scenic and a fun day!