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Tuolumne County Maps, Directions & Transportation Information

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Tuolumne County is located directly east of the San Francisco Bay Area in the Sierra Nevada foothills and mountain range of Central California.

The main highways leading to this picturesque, two-to-three-hour drive from the San Francisco Bay Area are Highways 108 and 120 from the west (the latter considered to be the most scenic and direct route to Yosemite National Park) and Highway 49 from the north.

Getting Here

From the San Francisco Bay Area:

  • Take I-580 E through Pleasanton and Livermoore
  • Keep left to continue on to I-205 E
  • Merge on to I-5 and use right 2 lanes to merge on to CA-120 E, continue to Manteca
  • Continue on CA-120 E and use left lane to merge on to CA-99 N in Manteca
  • Use right lane to merge back on to CA-120
  • Continue on CA-120 and turn left on CA-108/120 in Oakdale
  • Continue east on CA-108/120
  • Continue on CA-108 toward Sonora, Jamestown, Columbia and Sonora Pass destinations, or turn right on CA-120 to go to Groveland and Yosemite

Mileage and time (according to Google Maps) to Sonora, county seat of Tuolumne County and home to many hotels and historic inns:

From San Francisco: 132 miles (213 km), 2 hours and 31 minutes
From San Jose:
129 miles (209 km), 2 hours and 29 minutes
From Oakland:
124 miles (199 km), 2 hours and 15 minutes
From Dublin/Pleasanton:
98 miles (157 km), 1 hour and 54 minutes

 From the Sacramento Area:

  • Take CA-99 S to Stockton
  • Head east on CA-4
  • In Copperopolis, turn right on O'Byrnes Ferry Rd.
  • Turn left on CA-108/120
  • Continue on CA-108 E toward Sonora, Jamestown, Columbia and Sonora Pass destinations, or turn right on CA-120 E to go to Groveland and Yosemite

From Los Angeles/Southern California:

  • Take I-5 north to CA-99
  • Go north on CA-99 to Merced
  • In Merced, take the G St. exit and continue to Snelling Rd.
  • Turn right on CA-59 N
  • Turn left on J-59 N
  • Turn right on CA-108/120
  • Continue on CA-108 E toward Sonora, Jamestown, Columbia and Sonora Pass destinations, or turn right on CA-120 E to go to Groveland and Yosemite

Using GPS devices or apps isn't advised in this area. Map out your trip before you go.


Highway 120 is open year-round to Yosemite National Park and into Yosemite Valley. Tioga Pass over the Sierra Nevada Mountains in Yosemite is closed for the winter and usually opens in June. Highway 108 is closed over the Sierra after the first major snowfall but is kept plowed to Leland Meadows. Sonora Pass usually reopens in mid-May. It is always advisable to carry chains in the mountains during the winter. Tire chains are available at Yosemite Adventure Supply in Groveland (along Highway 120) and in auto parts stores in Sonora for Highway 108 travel.

Visit the CalTrans website to find up to the minute travel information on Highways 108 and 49. For Highway 120 and Yosemite National Park road conditions, call 209-372-0200 option #1, then #1.

Public Transportation:
Transportation from the towns of Tuolumne, Sonora, Jamestown and Groveland to Yosemite National Park is available on YARTS from mid-May through early-September.

Transportation to Tuolumne County from airports in San Francisco, Oakland and Sacramento and the AMTRAK station in Modesto is available in some cases. Call one of tour or taxi partners listed below.

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