Sonora Pass Road

We spent our long weekend (Labor Day) in California’s Eastern Sierra. Out of curiosity and to discover another hidden part of the Sierra Nevada, we decided to take Sonora Pass to get back to the Bay Area. After Yosemite’s Tioga Pass at 9,943 ft., this is the second highest highway at 9624 ft. that crosses the Sierra. And what a steep – sometimes steeper than 26% – and curvy road it was.

Curvy Sonora Pass Highway 108
Curvy Sonora Pass Highway 108

We were on the road around sunset. It was puzzling to see mountain peeks illuminated as if we were in Utah’s Monument Valley.

Monument Valley
Monument Valley

This was the first time I was taking this road so I didn’t have an idea of what to expect. After sunset, the sky’s color changed. What a coincidence that we just happened to be at a location that had a beautiful open view of the western sky and a spot to park the car!

Sierra Nevada Sunset
Sierra Nevada Sunset

This scene reminded me of a picture I took last year in Yosemite National Park on highway 120 (link).






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