Highway 4, 108 & 120 Trans – Sierra Passes Open

It’s now official. All three major highways crossing the Southern Sierra are now open. A late season storm caused a several day delay but seasonal weather has returned to the area and with it the opening of Highway 4’s Ebbetts Pass, Highway 108’s Sonora Pass & Highway 120’s Tioga Pass.

Additionally the National Park Service has announced that Glacier Point Road inside Yosemite National Park is open for the season.

The opening of these trans-Sierra passes (4, 108 & 120) is vitally important to so many people. Area visitors now have full access the eastern slope of the Sierra which includes the ghost town of BodieMono Lake and the town of Bridgeport. Access to Lake Tahoe, Reno and other Nevada destinations is now possible from the west. Residents of remote Alpine County (California’s least populated county) now have full access to the entire region. When Ebbetts Pass is closed, residents of western Alpine County are stuck on the western side of the Sierra. Eastern Alpine County residents are forced to do shopping, etc. in Nevada. Similarly, merchants in Mono County’s Bridgeport see their business double, triple & even quadruple with the opening of the 108 & 120 east / west portals.

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