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.
Kirkwood Mountain Resort is home to some of the best big-mountain terrain in the Sierras, and a favorite of Tahoe locals for skiing and snowboarding all winter long. For all the intensity of the runs, Kirkwood retains a small-town, laid back vibe… unless you’re going for first tracks the morning after an epic snowstorm.
Mountain Facts Average Snowfall 354 in (899 cm) Top Elevation 9,800 ft (2,987 m) Base Elevation 7,800 ft (2,377 m) Vertical Rise 2,000 ft (610 m) Rideable Acres 2,300 Lifts 15 lifts – 2 high speed quads, 1 fixed-grip quad, 6 triple chairs, 1 double chair, 2 surface lifts, 2 magic carpets, 1 tubing lift Trails 86 Terrain Parks 4 Longest Run 2.5 miles (4 km) Snowmaking Coverage 200 of 2300 acres Terrain 12% Beginner
Hiking and mountain biking are available during the summer months, and the wildflowers can be spectacular. For more information on Kirkwood’s mountain bike park, visit mtbparks.com.
- 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 road conditions.
- Nearby Woods Lake Campground has camping, fishing, hiking, picnicking, swimming and non-motorized boating.
- Big Meadow on Hwy 89 is a great trailhead for hiking to Round Lake, Dardanelles Lake, and Meiss Meadows.