Ebbetts Pass Is Now Closed For The Season

Updated 11-29-2018 – The pass remains closed as the storms continue…let it snow, let it snow, let it snow!  This should be it for the season.

STOCKTON – The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) has closed mountain passes in the central Sierra Nevada for the season due to winter conditions. The seasonal closures now in effect include Ebbetts Pass/State Route 4 (SR-4), Sonora Pass/SR-108 and Monitor Pass/SR-89. As of 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, November 28, 2018, the seasonal closures are as follows:
• Ebbetts Pass/SR-4 is closed at the western end of Lake Alpine above Bear Valley
• Sonora Pass/SR-108 is closed from Kennedy Meadows to just west of the United States Marine Corps Mountain Warfare Training Center
• Monitor Pass/SR-89 is closed from the junction of SR-4 to the junction of U.S. 395
The recent storms and accumulation of snow make the seasonal closures necessary for the safety of motorists and Caltrans crews. The weather conditions on the passes and subsequent road conditions are among the determining factors in the decision to make the seasonal closures. Once the passes are closed for winter, they will not be reopened until conditions warrant. Each year, Caltrans crews work diligently to clear debris, remove snow and make repairs so the highway can reopen by Memorial Day weekend.


Caltrans District 10 tentatively plans to close Ebbetts Pass (State Route 4) at 3 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2018 and Sonora Pass (State Route 108) at noon Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2018.

Those times are subject to change, and could be impacted by the behavior of the weather.

These are NOT the long-term, seasonal closures that Caltrans implements annually on our mountain passes.

This is in preparation for a potential heavy storm coming to Northern California later this week. There are no expected opening times yet, as that is weather-dependent as well.

Please check and/or call 1 (800) 427-ROAD for up-to-the-minute information on road conditions like closures, chain controls and road work.

Thank you, and please be safe out there!