- Over Carson path through the Sierra Nevada Mountains north of Sacramento
- 58 miles (93 km)
- About 1.5 hours
- Drivable year round, snowy conditions may exist
The Carson Pass Scenic Highway is a dramatic escape into the high reaches and climes of the Sierra Nevada Mountains that runs from peaks and valleys to lakes and forest.
The Carson Pass Scenic Highway starts at Dew Drop on Highway 88, 55 miles north from Sacramento. Follow Highway 88 east to Woodfords and the end of the byway.
The drive travels along a mountainous path that is heavily timbered and crosses through both Eldorado and Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forests. Fishing, biking, hiking, skiing, bird-watching, and boating are just some of the activities available to area sight-seers - be sure to leave time to enjoy a lingering stop in Mokelumne Wilderness Area for an insider's glimpse of what this lovely stretch of country is all about.
Points of Interest Along The Way
This forest offers camping, hiking, picnicking, boating, and more.
This forest is the largest National Forest outside Alaska.
Mokelumne Wilderness Area (CA)
The pristine Mokelumne Wilderness Area preserves a place where the wild plant and animal communities are left to unfold and evolve without human interference.
Stanislaus National Forest (CA)
Full of diverse recreation, such as fishing, hiking, swimming, or camping, the Stanislaus National Forest highlights your trip to the Sierra Nevadas.