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Gain Some Altitude & Cool Off in the High Country

Jen Lopez | 07/01/2019 | Exploring Tuolumne County, Family, Outdoor Adventure

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 Pass

  1. Twain Harte: Take in a round of golf amongst beautiful pines or mini golf at a vintage course.
  2. Pinecrest Lake: Rent a boat, fish, hike, swim, camp and take in a current movie in a lake shore, outdoor movie theater under the stars in Stanislaus National Forest.
  3. Horseback riding to scenic backcountry meadows and vistas.
  4. Donnell Vista: Get blown away by the scenery with sweeping views of the Dardanelles and Donnell Lake.
  5. Kennedy Meadows: Take a scenic horseback trail ride, hike, camp or fish.

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

Highway 120, Tioga Pass

  1. Groveland: Visit for quaint coffee shops, gift stores, golfing, mountain biking and historical points of interest.
  2. Whitewater rafting: Go for a wet and wild ride on a trip down the Tuolumne River.
  3. Carlon Falls: Whitewater rafting on the Tuolumne River near YosemiteHike 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.

Where to Stay in Groveland and Along 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 parks 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.

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