Henness Pass Road Auto Tour

Area Status: Not Cleared
historic photo showing two story structure from the late 1800's

The Henness Pass Road links Highway 49 through the forest until it meets Highway 89 north of Truckee and then continues on through the Kyburz Flat area to Verdi, NV.  The road passes by Jackson Meadow Reservoir, Milton Reservoir and Webber Lake.  This road is a historic route that stage coaches, freight wagons, miners,  immigrants and highway men followed in their searches for fame and fortune.

In the spring, you will find some wonderful spots for wildflower viewing.  The section of the road from Highway 49 to Jackson Meadow is a dirt road that is rough in places; however, it is passable by two-wheel drive.  Pick up a copy of the Henness Pass Road Driving Tour to take along with you and learn about some of the stagecoach stops, mining towns and historic ranches along the route.  There are so many sights to see and visit, you may find you want to spend the whole day just at one particular spot. You can start from either the east or west side of the forest to explore this route.  Each stop can be visited independently letting you take as long as you want at each one.  You may want to plan for overnight accomodations.  Food and lodging are available in Nevada City, Truckee, Sierraville, Loyalton, Downieville, Sierra City or the Reno area.  You can also stay in one of the numerous campgrounds on or near the route.

At a Glance

Best Season: Summer
Restrictions: Although a 4x4 vehicle is not necessary, a high clearance vehicle is recommended as a portion of the road is not paved.
Information Center: Sierraville Ranger District, 317 South Lincoln Street, PO Box 95, Sierraville, CA  96126   (530) 994-3401


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