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Gain Some Altitude & Cool Off in the High Country

July 20, 2017 | Jen Lopez

Both of Tuolumne County’s mountain passes are open for the season, so it’s time for you to explore the breathtaking High Sierra. Experience the enchantment of unique and incredible mountain formations and beautiful rivers and streams along Sonora Pass, Highway 108. Behold the beauty of Yosemite National Park’s less explored alpine meadows and mountain peaks along Tioga Pass, Highway 120. Explore both scenic mountain passes or take some extra time to cover both on a loop. Here’s what you won’t want to miss.


Highway 108, Sonora PassTwain Harte welcome sign

  1. Twain Harte: Take in a round of golf or mini golf
  2. Pinecrest Lake: Rent a boat, fish, hike, swim, camp and take in a current movie in a lake shore, outdoor movie theatre under the stars in Stanislaus National Forest.
  3. Donnell Vista: Get blown away by the scenery with sweeping views of the Dardanelles and Donnell Lake.
  4. Trail of the Gargoyles: A scenic 1 ½ mile walk has sweeping views of unique geologic features and formations which shape the Sierra.
  5. Kennedy Meadows: Take a scenic trail ride, hike, camp or fish.

Where to Stay in Twain Harte
Where to Stay on Upper Highway 108/Sonora Pass


Highway 120, Tioga Pass

  1. Groveland: Visit for quaint coffee and tea shops, gift stores, mountain biking and historical points of interest, or take a trail ride the at Pine Mountain Lake equestrian center.
  2. Whitewater rafting: Go for a wet and wild ride on a trip down the Tuolumne River.
  3. Carlon Falls: Hike to the waterfall for a picnic lunch along the bank of the Tuolumne River or enjoy a refreshing swim.
  4. Tuolumne Grove of Giant Sequoias: Walk among the giant trees in 1 of the 3 giant sequoia groves of Yosemite National Park.
  5. Tuolumne Meadows: Take in the spectacular sweeping views during a hike around the spectacular alpine meadow.Whitewater rafting on the Tuolumne River near Yosemite

Where to Stay in Groveland
Where to Stay on Highway 120

For updated 24-hour road and weather conditions for Tioga Pass in Yosemite National Park, call 209-372-0200 and press 1.  This information is also available on the park’s website at  For current road conditions for Sonora Pass, call 1-800-427-7623 and enter “108” at the prompt. You may also call the Tuolumne County Visitors Bureau at 800-446-1333.  Visit for more information on all there is to see and do in Tuolumne County.