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Location:  Situated south of Lake Tahoe and north of Yosemite National Park, the Ebbetts Pass National Scenic Byway (EPNSB) is centrally located in the Sierra Nevada range in California’s Gold Country.

State Routes: Highway 4 in east Arnold to Highway 89 at Markleeville

Length: 61 miles

Driving Time: 2.5 to 3 hours with minimum stops

Elevations: 4,000 feet in Arnold; 8,730 feet at Ebbetts Pass crest; and 5,500 feet at Markleeville

Route Attractions: Calaveras Big Trees State Park, Grover Hot Springs State Park, Carson-Iceberg and Mokelumne National Wilderness areas, the Pacific Crest Trail, Bear Valley, the Stanislaus and Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forests, Hermit Valley, Lake Alpine, Mosquito Lakes and Carson River

Seasonal Info: Pass is open spring, summer and fall (mid May through the end of November). Winter months bring snowmobilers, snowshoers and cross country skiers to the heights of the pass.

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Contact Info.: Ebbetts Pass Scenic Byway Association
P.O. Box 2882, Arnold, CA  95223, 209.795.4789

NSB Status
A State Scenic Byway since 1971, EPNSB was honored with National Scenic Byway status in September 2005 by the U.S Department of Transportation, Federal Highway Administration in Washington, D.C.  EPNSB is one of 126 designated National Scenic Byways in the United States.  Official Byway Documents may be viewed on the Calaveras Council of Governments website.

National Scenic Byways in California
Now one of only seven national scenic byways in California, Ebbetts Pass shares the prestigious distinction with the Big Sur Coast Highway, Tioga Road in Yosemite National Park, Death Valley, the San Luis Obispo North Coast, Volcanic Legacy Highway starting at Mount Lassen, and the Arroyo Seco Historic Parkway.