Scenic Driving

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Several major highways run throughout the forest making much of the Tahoe National Forest easy to access--including Interstate 80 which connects Sacramento, California to Reno, Nevada and bisects the Sierra Nevada. Many of these roads can be considered scenic, although Interstate 80 and Highway 89 leading to Lake Tahoe are sometimes heavily impacted with traffic.

A loop can be made around the northern part of the forest in about four hours by starting in Nevada City and following Highway 49 through Downieville and Sierra City over Yuba Pass; in Sierraville follow Highway 89 south to Truckee; in Truckee take Interstate 80 west over Donner Summit to Highway 20 to return to Nevada City.  Or continue west on Interstate 80 if returning to Sacramento or the Bay Area.

Boca to Loyalton Driving Tour

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities