The Scenic Highway 108 Sonora Pass route begins at an elevation of about 3,000 feet, and rises to an elevation of 9,628 feet above sea level. The pass connects the communities of Sonora to the west and Bridgeport to the east. Like Most high elevation passes across the Sierra Nevada, the highway is closed in the winter, generally between November and May, due to large quantities of snow.
The highway over the pass is extremely steep, narrow and winding between Kennedy Meadows on the west side to Leavitt Meadows on the east. The route is not recommended for vehicles or vehicle combinations that are unusally wide, heavy or long. Adjacent to the summit of the pass is a picnic/parking area to nearby Sonora Peak, Wolf Creek Lake, and other spots north or south along the Pacific Crest Trail.
Highway 120 provides year-round access to Central Sierra Nevada Mountains. The highway traverses the southern portion of the Stanislaus National Forest, between the elevations of 2,800 and 4,700 feet. The highway continues through Yosemite National Park, eventually reaching an elevation of 9,943 feet at Tioga Pass, which is subject to annual winter closure.
The Groveland Ranger District encompasses the Highway 120 corridor on the Stanislaus National Forest. For the most current information please call the Groveland Ranger District at (209) 962-7825, or stop by our office on Highway 120.
Welcome to the Calaveras Ranger District, which encompasses the Highway 4 corridor in the northwest portion of the Stanislaus National Forest. For more information please call the Calaveras Ranger District at 209-795-1381.