Connecting the communities of Sonora and Bridgeport, Sonora Pass (el. 9,624 ft. / 2,933 m.) is the second-highest highway pass in the Sierra Nevada.
Place Category: Forests + Wilderness
The Mokelumne (pronounced moo-ka-la-mi), located at the junction of northern, southern and eastern Sierra botanic provinces, is renowned for its incredible diversity. Elevations range from 4,000 feet near Salt Springs reservoir to over 10,380 ft at Round Top Peak in the north.
- A moderate hike (approximately 2.5 miles from the Carson Pass trailhead) brings you to Lake Winnemucca, a scenic alpine lake in the Mokelumne Wilderness.
- Carson Pass and the surrounding area offers year round recreation options for active outdoor enthusiasts. Hiking, backpacking, and camping are popular in the summer months, especially when wildflowers are in bloom. During the winter, backcountry skiing, cross country skiing, and snowmobiling opportunities are plentiful. Check in advance for winter conditions, and always travel safely and responsibly in the wilderness.