Ebbetts Pass National Scenic Byway

Glacially carved valleys, ancient volcanic peaks, deep river canyons, thick forests, bald eagles, open meadows, pristine alpine lakes, precarious drop-offs, small hamlets, swiftly flowing streams, cascades and rivers, and some of the most dramatic and breathtaking views of the Sierra Nevada mountain range anchored by Calaveras Big Trees and Grover Hot Springs State Parks – these are just a few of the natural wonders awaiting you as you travel the Ebbetts Pass National Scenic Byway . Only one of six in California, it’s a 61-mile stretch of Highways 4 and 89 between Arnold and Markleeville.

CCR Insider: Closed in the winter.  Ebbetts is a wild summer ride! The driving experience on this narrow asphalt ribbon is like no other, providing an exceptional and intimate high country experience.  A must-do day trip!

“Ebbetts Pass Fall” and “Matuski” , credit: Dustin Shinn

“High Country View” and “Dardanelles”, credit: Mark Silverstone

“Scenic Byway”, credit: Dave Hargus