Sonora Pass Scenic Drive: Sonora to US 395

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Stanislaus National Forest

Sonora Pass Scenic Drive: Sonora to US 395 is a 78.8 mile moderately trafficked point-to-point trail located near Twain Harte, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for nature trips, bird watching, and scenic driving and is best used from May until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 78.8 miles Elevation Gain: 11,587 feet Route Type: Point to Point

dogs on leash

kid friendly

nature trips

scenic driving

bird watching



wild flowers


Note: Portions of this route may be closed in the winter depending on snow levels.

scenic driving
5 months ago

It’s not a trail it’s a highway. However, there are many trailheads that stem off the highway. The PCT can be accessed from the parking lot at the top of sonora pass. This is also the last chance for a bathroom stop if you’re planning to get to 395 or Bridgeport.

10 months ago

So beautiful here, I was blown away by the beauty of it all .

scenic driving
Fri Apr 05 2019

Yes, this is one of the highest mountain passes and most beautiful in California. At the peak is a parking area and trail head. I love to ride over it on my motorcycle and have hiked to Sonora Peak from the parking area. Remember the Hwy is closed in the winter and sometimes does not open until June or July depending on snow levels. This is not a good road for heavy trailers or motorhomes as portions become very steep and winding as you near the summit.

scenic driving
Thu Mar 01 2018

One my favorite mc runs that I've done many times...

scenic driving
Sat Sep 22 2012

Truly the gateway to adventure! Whether from the east or from the west, this scenic mountain pass offers everything. If you're able, Sonora Pass by snowmobile is the way to go. Pack stations offer endless miles of horse trails. Also through Chipmunk Valley rock climbing and unbelievable vista hikes. Fishing and hunting opportunities are around every corner.

scenic driving
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