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The Pass Is Back Open

SIERRA NEVADA PASSES OPEN STATE ROUTE 4/EBBETTS PASS, ROUTE 89/MONITOR PASS, ROUTE 108/SONORA PASS, ROUTE 120/TIOGA PASS OPEN STOCKTON – The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) reopened State Route 108/Sonora Pass at approximately 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, October 14, 2021, … Read More

What To Do On The Pass Now Through Halloween

Thursday, October 14, 2021 Live Music at the Murphys Irish Pub every Thursday from 6:30-9:30 pm.  Visit for their full event calendar. Astronomy Nights at Big Trees State Park – Two telescopes and astronomical binoculars will give you a … Read More

California State Park Adventure Pass

Starting Wednesday, Sept. 29, 2021, all fourth graders in California can apply for a free California State Parks Adventure Pass that will give them the opportunity to explore 19 select state parks free for a year (through the end of … Read More

Ebbetts Pass Happenings for October 6, 2021 & Beyond

The Pass will be closed temporarily on Thursday, October 7th, at noon as we are expecting a dusting of snow at higher elevations.  It will reopen as conditions allow. Wednesday, October 6, 2021 Trivia Night at the Pourhouse in Murphys … Read More

Ebbetts Pass Temporarily Closed Again as of Monday Morning on October 11, 2021

October 11, 2021 Update at 10:28am: Caltrans now reports that Highway 4 Ebbetts Pass is closed again at the east end of Lake Alpine and Highway 108 is closed at Kennedy Meadows. Yosemite National Park indicates that Highway 120 Tioga … Read More

On the Pass – September 29 & Beyond

With cooler temperatures at night and mostly warm, clear days, fall colors are starting to arrive, and it’s a great time to get out and take some pictures.  The Alpine County Chamber of Commerce is hosting their annual photo contest … Read More

What’s Happening on the Pass – September 22, 2021 and Beyond

Fall has arrived and, while the days are still beautiful and warm, the evenings are getting pretty chilly at the higher elevations. Don’t forget to bring a sweater!  Some events have been canceled or rescheduled due to Covid concerns.  It’s … Read More

Most Forests Reopening on September 16th, 2021 with Restrictions

Sonora, CA – At midnight on Wednesday, September 15, 2021, a day or two earlier than anticipated, most of the national forests in California, which have been closed for nearly a month due to dangerous fire conditions, will reopen. Five … Read More

Things To Do Along the Byway – September 14th & Beyond

Wednesday, September 15, 2021 Trivia Night at the Pourhouse in Murphys at 6 pm with trivia master Jeff Carrico Thursday, September 16, 2021 Thursday is Brewery Day at The Watering Hole featuring live music from 5-7 pm and a featured … Read More

USDA Forest Service Announces Temporary Forest Closures

USDA Forest Service Temporarily Closing All California National Forests for Public Safety VALLEJO, Calif., — August 30, 2021. To better provide public and firefighter safety due to the ongoing California wildfire crisis, USDA Forest Service Pacific Southwest Region is announcing … Read More