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Cycling Summits and Passes in California




All of these points are in the northern part of the state.

PAVED PASSES AND SUMMITS - HIGHEST FIRST
Name
elevation (ft)
nearby towns
location

8000 - 8999

Ebbets Pass
8730
Markleeville, Dorrington
Sierra Nevada
Carson Pass
8574
Fredericksburg
Sierra Nevada
Lassen National Park Rd
8511
(Lassen National Park)
Lassen Peak
Monitor Pass
8314
Markleeville
Sierra Nevada
Pacific Grade Summit
8050
Markleeville, Dorrington
Sierra Nevada

7000 - 7999

Luther Pass
7790
South Lake Tahoe, Fredericksburg
Sierra Nevada
Packsaddle Pass
7210
Kyburrz
Sierra Nevada
Brockway Summit
7179
Truckee, King's Beach
Sierra Nevada
Donner Pass
7135
Truckee
Sierra Nevada

6000 - 6999

FR19 Deer Mtn Rd s(u)
6790
Mt Shasta
Mt Shasta

5000 - 5999


4000 - 4999

Snowman's Hill Rd s(u)
4470
Dunsmuir
Mt Shasta

3000 - 3999


1000 -1999

0000 - 0999



UNPAVED AND TRAIL PASSES AND SUMMITS - HIGHEST FIRST
Name
elevation (ft)
nearby towns
location

9000 - 9999


Tahoe Rim Trail: section Armstrong Pass - Daggett Pass
9740
South Lake Tahoe
Sierra Nevada
Tahoe Rim Trail: section Big Meadow Th - Armstrong Pass
9500
South Lake Tahoe
Sierra Nevada

8000 - 8999

Forestdale Divide
8800
(Blue Lakes)
Sierra Nevada
Grey Butte
8119
Mt Shasta
Mt Shasta

7000 - 7999


6000 - 6999

FR19 s(u)-2
6560
Mt Shasta
Mt Shasta
FR17 Lassen National Forest s(u)

Viola, Mineral
Sierra Nevada

5000 - 5999

FR31 s(u)-1
5620
Mt Shasta
(Mt Shasta)

4000 - 4999


3000 - 3999


1000 -1999

0000 - 0999


COMPLETELY PAVED SUMMITS AND PASSES:

Ebbetts Pass -8730ft-  a relatively small percentage of paved roads in the US seem tailor made for a bike ride, this is one of them
Monitor Pass -8314ft-  not across the Sierra Nevada Range, but a perfect far viewpoint on them
Pacific Grade Summit -8050ft- the unusually, steep and curvy eastern side of this pass adjoins Ebbetts Pass
Lassen National Park Road s(u) -8511ft- a great way to get away from traffic hassles in some of California's best scenery
Donner Pass -7135ft- little traffic, great scenery, many bikes, not that much climbing
FR19 Deer Mountain Rd s(u) -6790ft- The section over the summit is paved. But using additional unpaved roads, this is the highest point on a ride around Mount Shasta
Packsaddle Pass -7210ft- the major attraction is the relative isolation and narrowness of the road
Carson Pass -8574ft- the Sierra Nevada Range looks like a big plateau from this wide major highway
Luther Pass -7790ft- a minor pass in the Lake Tahoe area
Snowman's Hill s(u) -4470ft- a point on the slope of Mount Shasta, start point for many unpaved higher rides
Brockway Summit -7179ft-  busy road with shoulder between Lake Tahoe and Truckee

COMPLETELY OR PARTIALLY UNPAVED SUMMITS AND PASSES:
 
Forestdale Divide -8800ft- this point above Carson Pass is a better vantage point on the scenery
FR19 s(u)-2 -6560ft- an intermediate summit on a partially unpaved ride around Mount Shasta
FR31 s(u)-1 -5620ft- another summit point on the ride around Mount Shasta
FR17 Lassen National Forest s(u) -6190ft- this is a road through the northeastern forests like many others. But with it you can ride a loop ride over the paved Lassen National Park Road s(u)

SUMMITS AND PASSES WITH AT LEAST SOME TRAIL SECTION:

Tahoe Rim Trail: section Armstrong Pass - Daggett Pass -9740ft- this part of the TRT summits below the highest peak on the east side of Lake Tahoe
Tahoe Rim Trail: section Big Meadow Th - Armstrong Pass -9500ft- follows near the ridge line south east of Lake Tahoe
Grey Butte s(u) -8119ft- a high point on the slope of Mount Shasta


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