CA Eastern Sierra


This ride runs down the less-explored side

of the Sierra Nevada. The altitude and

temperature change a lot over the course

of the route, from sea level to 8,650 feet,

and from 35 degrees to 95 when we did it

in May. Best time of the year to do the ride

is in June.

From coastal plain to mountain passes

to desert and winding river gorges, this

route has it all. Although many of the

other mountain passes are closed during

winter, Carson Pass is normally kept open.

However, it can be treacherous in the winter

months. If the weather is good enough, it’s a

better idea to use the Tioga Pass (the highest in California) and go through Yosemite

National Park.

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