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I thought many moons ago, there was a 'designated' California Five Passes ride out there...might be five, might be seven - I just don't recall.

Now, there's a *lot* more passes crossing the Sierra:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Sierra_Nevada_road_passes

Now, I thought at one time there was some sort of an organized event. Hmmm. <scratch>

An article, where I found the listing of five passes:

https://www.motorcycleclassics.com/...ng/sierra-nevada-mountain-passes-zmmz11sozraw

Wait - wait...it *was* five!

http://carsontahoemoto.com/five-passes-sierra-nevada/

https://www.advpulse.com/adv-calendar/carson-valley-lake-tahoe-adventure-moto-ride-aug-21-24-2014/

When I click on "http://www.tahoeadventuremoto.com" - nothing - dead link.

What? This ride's not been done since 2014? Really? There could have been details over on the pashnit.com forum, but that's gone - and nothing indexed in the Wayback Machine from the forum.

Ideas? History to share?

Thanks!
 

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...Ideas? History to share?...
I last rode 4 of the 5-passes in 2011 (Listed as follows, North > South):

-Hwy 88: Carson Pass
-Hwy 4: Ebbets Pass
-Hwy 108: Sonora Pass
-Hwy 120 Tioga Pass

...and recently drove the 5th, Hwy-178 Walker Pass

All are great, but my favorites are Hwy-4 & 108; I was amazed to find them freshly paved.

You can do them all in 1-day, but your arms will fall off; gas stations are few and far between.
Hwy-120 is heavy with tourist traffic (especially early morning, going eastbound; southbound is light until noon)


Near Walker Pass is "Hwy-178, Kelso Country Road"... which is on my bucket list: https://www.google.com/maps/dir/35....0x80c18492d0d7c141:0xa39ee3851300d651!1m0!3e0



Links (not my content)
http://www.dalecroy.com/carson/sierrapasses4.html
http://www.dalecroy.com/ebbetts/sierrapasses3.html
http://www.dalecroy.com/sonora/sierrapasses2.html
http://www.dalecroy.com/tioga/sierrapasses.html
 
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Having lived in Fresno for 50 yrs. I've enjoyed riding all those passes multiple times every year. :grin2:

Now that I moved to Vancouver WA their are new mountain roads to explore.
 
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Going to have to wait a little longer on one pass.

The Tioga Road closes due to snow, usually from sometime in November through late May or early June. The road closure extends from the Tuolumne Grove, just east of Crane Flat, to Tioga Pass Entrance Station. (Highway 120, the continuation of the Tioga Road outside the park, is often closed in winter from Tioga Pass to five miles west of Lee Vining.)
When the Tioga Road is closed, it is not possible to drive to Tuolumne Meadows or enter Yosemite National Park from the east. All other park entrances, including those along Highway 120 from the west, Hetch Hetchy, Highway 140, and Highway 41, remain open all year.


Caltrans District 9 @Caltrans9

PASSES OPEN- Subject to storm closure.
SR89 (Monitor Pass)
SR108 (Sonora Pass)
SR120W (Tioga Pass) 395 to the eastern entrance of @YosemiteNPS
SR120E (Mono Mills Road)
SR158N (June Lake North)
SR168W (Bishop Creek)
SR270 (Bodie Road)


 
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I believe the BMW Owners Club in Sacramento (River City Beemers) does a day-long ride that stitches all of these passes together as a single ride. At least they did 10 years ago or so when I lived near there.

Here's their website: https://www.rcb.org/

FWIW CA-88 out of Jackson over Carson Pass gets a lot of traffic in the summer and particularly on weekends. Folks heading up to South Lake Tahoe and such.
 

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Appreciate all the info so far.


So, it would seem to me that if there'd been an 'organized' passes ride, it was (a) short-lived and (b) nothing in recent times.

My thought was simply considering my next ride to NorCal, probably on the way back south, doing one (or, several...) passes as just another way to get home.
 

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Appreciate all the info so far.


So, it would seem to me that if there'd been an 'organized' passes ride, it was (a) short-lived and (b) nothing in recent times.

My thought was simply considering my next ride to NorCal, probably on the way back south, doing one (or, several...) passes as just another way to get home.
Ken if you've never been to Bodie State Park (Ghost Town) it's definitely a must see if you take one of those passes and drop down on hwy 395. You can also stop in Topaz at the casino for a bite to eat.
 
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So, with a little more looking around at other forums (BARF, for example...) recently, I think I was probably reading about something either posted here or elsewhere that people had 'loosely' organized a multiple pass ride back a decade or so ago.

My wife's position at her school is one that is active and busy when others are out of school - the reason it's called "the summer program", I guess. :lol: :lol:

Anyway, I was just pondering some possibilities for a three, four day get-away while the program is going on. Obviously in the middle of the week... :mrgreen:

Now, we've still not finished the ride she & I did a decade ago; got as far as Arcata along the coast & had to head for home since we were running out of time. I definitely want to take her from there north, just to finish that ride at some point.

The whole 5 passes thing was one of those "What rides can a recent retiree go off & do for grins & giggles". :doorag:

Obviously, I know how to get to US-395...and Reno, NV is only ~900 miles. :thumbup:

Wanders off to do more research...
 

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Hey Ken, I think I've ridden all of the passes in CA, but not one hundred percent sure I have ridden 108. Lot's of great passes north of there that aren't even mentioned. I might have to make sure of that one next month when I head out for my summer ride.
 
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Ken if you've never been to Bodie State Park (Ghost Town) it's definitely a must see if you take one of those passes and drop down on hwy 395. You can also stop in Topaz at the casino for a bite to eat.

I didn't care much for Topaz, but after something to eat at the Walker Burger then heading North I'd stop at the Topaz Chevron for a little coffee out and coffee in, then head up the road. :wink2:
 
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Ken if you've never been to Bodie State Park (Ghost Town) it's definitely a must see if you take one of those passes and drop down on hwy 395...

Be advised that the road into Bodie is washboard-Dirt for the last 3 miles... Certainly rideable on a loaded wing.


Also, time your visit so as to get a tour of the "Stamp Mill" (inside Bodie)
 

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Hey Ken, I think I've ridden all of the passes in CA, but not one hundred percent sure I have ridden 108. Lot's of great passes north of there that aren't even mentioned. I might have to make sure of that one next month when I head out for my summer ride.

I rode the 108 Sonora Pass in SEPTEMBER, and it started Snowing at the top of the pass! Weather below was just fine, yet got this random (and fortunately short-lived) snowfall at elevation.
So then, bring both Hot and Cold Weather gear for sure
 

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I'll be heading out there this weekend. Maybe I'll check out the condition of a couple of those passes. :grin2:
 
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Just screwing around with Google Maps...

https://goo.gl/maps/ynGmARpgcXrqQhu38

Donner, Echo, Luther, Carson, Ebbetts, Sonora, Tioga passes.

Nearly 900 miles to get there, two days of riding 675 miles, almost 750 miles home.

When you get up to the top of Ebbetts pass, around Lake Alpine the road goes down to almost one lane and no center line. Watch out for drivers looking at the guys fishing and not the road. I would start in the West end in Oakhurst East of Fresno and take 41 to 120 and into Lee Vining then up 395 to 108. From there each pass from Hwy 49 to 395. This will be a fun ride. Good motel, restaurant Chevron gas at Topaz Lake if you want a half way point. A side ride is just East of Oakhurst is Bass Lake, and have breakfast at Ducey's on the lake. This is where they made the movie " The Great Outdoors " The new Ducey's is now on the lake, but it used to be at the end of the strip of buildings where the rest of the Pines resort is. We used to go camping up there alot.

CAWing can add more to this also as he lived closer than I did.
 
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I'm working my way from north to south, so LV is the end, not the beginning. It was also laid out so that I could get the passes at a specific direction (eastbound on Ebbetts, west on Sonora, etc.), but that routing is kinda generalized.

The stuff up around Donner - well, I've never been up there, so doing that part in turista mode and seeing the sights would be 'the plan'.

I'd definitely want to get up in the region, and right now, I don't actually have a date to do this - just predominately some thinking out loud. Figure a day and a half to get to Reno (I'd take the scenic route to get there...) chill out, then two solid days to zip back & forth, ending up on the east side to make the trek home.

In an alternate reality, I did hear from the guy that was a part of the organized ride - 2012 thru 2014 - and there were financial issues which was why it ended (go figure).

I've got an inquiry in to a two-digit IBA member with some additional questions.
 

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So...my contact didn't have a recollection of formal or organized rides over Five Passes in the Sierras. Thus it's been individual riders that have taken informal rides for many years, involving varying numbers & locations of passes, along with the organized event that I mentioned earlier.

It's not to say that, as @ALEXB posed earlier, a Bimmer group, or even a (gasp!) Harley group could have had some version of this back a decade ago. Most likely, I may well have read about it on the forum here, but not worth the effort to search.

The Google Map link I shared in post #13 was a 15 minute cut-and-paste of how a rider could stitch several of the passes together, based on a bit of the commentary here in this thread - and elsewhere - on 'preferred' direction of travel. I really need to plot it in BaseCamp as well. Additionally, the Wikipedia entry for Sierra Nevada road passes actually describes whether or not a particular pass is on the Sierra Crest, or is actually part of a spur from the main mountain range.

In reviewing some of my older rides, I thought I got close to Fredonyer Pass (the northern pass...), but know I didn't take CA-36 from Redding to Susanville - that's CA-44 and it was a direct shot.
 

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I'm going to do 108 sonora, and 88 next week.
 
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Great casino on 88 out of Jackson. Good food and unless things have changed the price was always reasonable.

https://www.jacksoncasino.com/ :chef2:
 

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I used to live just outside of Sutter Creek (next door, as it were from Jackson). Fuel prices can be elevated in the area, particularly in the summer. Go figure. If you need to get gas I'd recommend the Safeway Gas Station that is between Sutter Creek and Jackson on CA-49. The address is: 12270 Industry Blvd, Jackson, CA 95642. Enjoy, it's a beautiful area.
 
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