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Snowmobile in Sonora Pass, Toiyabe National Forest, California USA

Trail:
12 mi / 19.3 km
Sonora Pass is located near Pinecrest, Tuolumne County, California, USA. It is off of Highway about 60 mi/96.5 km east of Sonora.

In Tuolumne County, along Highway 108, snowmobiling is a big attraction. At the end of the plowed portion of Highway 108, 6 mi/9.6 km beyond Strawberry is the Sno-Park, a favorite launching point for snowmobile lovers. Sno-Parks are parking areas, that are maintained in the winter, so people can park safely and experience their winter activities, such as snowmobiling.

In order to use a Sno-Park, you must have permit. There are three routes, that can be used by snowmobile enthusiasts in that area. Sno-Park to Eagle Creek is a 12 mi/19.3 km, groomed, snowmobile route along Highway 108 for about 5 mi/8 km and then follows up the Eagle Creek Road to Eagle Meadow, in the Stanislaus National Forest.

There are miles of open country around Eagle Meadow, available for snowmobiling. Forest Road 5N09 is located in the Eagle Meadow area and is a short loop, groomed by the Forest Service. Sno-Park to Dardanelle is a 13 mi/21 km route of Highway 108, starting from the Sno-Park and leading to the Dardanelle Resort, making it a popular snowmobile route.

The Dardanelle Resort was open for many years during winter and offered restaurants, cabin rentals and other necessities. Unfortunately, recently the Resort has been closed in winter.

How to Get to Destination

BY CAR FROM Bay Area
164 mi / 264 km, 3 hrs 5 mins
Follow I-880S to San Jose. Take the exit 31 for I-238 to I-580/Stockton/Fresno. Follow the signs for I-238/I-880/Castro Valley/Stockton Fresno and enter I-238 S. Enter I-580E. Go straight for I-205E. Enter I-5N. Take the exit California 4E to Downtown Stockton. Enter CA-4 E. Enter CA-4 E/CA-99 S. Take the exit 252B to enter CA-4 E to Farmington Rd. Turn right to CA-4 E/Farmington Rd. Go to CA-4 Bypass E/Angels Camp Bypass. Head straight for CA-4E. Turn left on Bear Valley Rd.
BY CAR FROM Central Valley
89.6 mi / 144.2 km, 2 hrs 4 mins
Follow CA-108 E/E F St. Continue to follow CA-108E. Enter CA-49 N/W Stockton St. Turn left on CA-49 N/Golden Chain Highway N/S Washington St. Make an open right turn to Parrots Ferry Rd. Head straight to Parrots Ferry Rd. Turn right to CA-4E. Turn left on Bear Valley Rd.
BY CAR FROM Sacramento
125 mi / 201 km, 2 hrs 41 mins
Follow CA-99S. Take exit 273 to Liberty Rd. Turn left on Liberty Rd. Turn right to CA-88W. Turn left to CA-12E. Continue to CA-49 S/Golden Chain Highway S/W St Charles St. Turn left to CA-4 Bypass E/Angels Camp Bypass. Continue straight to CA-4E. Turn left on Bear Valley Rd.
BY AIR
Columbia Airport,
50.6 mi / 81.4 km
BY TRAIN

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