Bicycling / Cycling in Sonora Pass, Sonora, California USA

3.5 mi/5.6 km
Elevation gain:
1000 ft/304.8 m
Reaches 27%
Sonora Pass is located near Pinecrest, Tuolumne County, California, USA. It is off of Highway about 60 mi/96.5 km east of Sonora.

One popular sport at Pinecrest Lake is cycling. In summer there is a little shopping area, available for bicycle rentals. If you are in the level of an experienced cyclist, you should consider the road up to Dodge Ridge, which has little traffic in summer. The road is 3.5 mi/5.6 km long, climbs 1000 ft/304.8 m and makes a strenuous ascent.

During the ride you should be careful of several sharp curves. If you are a serious cyclist, you should consider the road over Sonora Pass. The grade reaches about 27% in many places. The most common start is in the Dardanelles area, from where you can depart early in the morning and push off for the pass with plenty of water and nourishment supplies.

You can warm your body at the first 5, level miles. In the next mile the road climbs at 1000 ft/304.8 m elevation. The top of Sonora Pass from Dardanelles is 14.5 miles/23.3 km and has an exhausting 4000 ft/1219 m total gain in elevation. There are many blind turns in this narrow road, making safety an important consideration.

You can continue over Sonora Pass, that has a drop of 3000 ft/914.4 m in 11 mi/17.7 km to Pickel Meadow and then turn around and go back the way you came. Another option is to carry on going all the way out to Highway 395 at Sonora Junction, making it approximately over 30 mi/48.2 km from Dardanelle.

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 / 201.2 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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