Snowmobile in Tuolumne Side of Sonora Pass, Sonora, California USA

26 mi/41.8 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. A route on the Tuolumne Side is Herring Creek, a 26 mi/41.8 km, round trip, leading out of the Herring Creek road.

The first 8.5 mi/13.7 km, just before the Y that lead to Herring Creek Reservoir are fairly tame. After that, the road makes a 13 mi/21 km loop. Attention is required, because the road passes through some steep slopes, that are very vulnerable to avalanche after fresh snowfall.

You should check with the Forest Service, before deciding to take this route. Another route is Long Barn to Hull Creek, a 10 mile road, starting from Long Barn and leading to Hull Creek and when snow conditions are safe, it can be extremely exhilarating.

How to Get to Destination

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.
Columbia Airport,
50.6 mi / 81.4 km

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