You have to leave your place. It's cold outside, you don't want to go, but you have to. Being on board, the noise of the plane reminds you that there is no way back. Although you fly through clouds, your black thoughts make your moves more difficult. Close your eyes and turn cold into a beautiful landscape with pure snow. Your thoughts are trees that cover your favorite paths and the clouds are your magic snowdust. The beauty of the nature, the harmony, the pure love....stop there. You are not playing in 'the little house on the prairie'.
- ABOUT THE SPOT
Snowmobile in Sonora Pass, Toiyabe National Forest, California USA
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.