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Posted: 04/24/07 09:55pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Sonora is CA108 26% grade with switch backs but nice rest stop at the top. It is between CA395 & town of Cold Springs.

Ebbetts CA4 is only 24% and so narrow there is no middle line in the road for a portion of it. The pass is between CA395 and the town of Avery.

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Posted: 04/25/07 08:33am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Honeybee8888 wrote:

smkettner wrote:

Ebbetts & Sonora are killers


Just wondering, where are Ebbetts and Sonora? I am wondering if I am going over any other tricky places and not realizing it. It's really difficult to tell from my maps which roads are hard to drive--I only asked about Tioga because I've been there, so I know it could be scary. I did pick up from another thread that I should take the more southern road (Route 16) through the Bighorns in Wyoming rather than Route 14... but I wouldn't have known to ask about that. How can I tell in advance if I am heading for a problem?

Thank you all for your advice about how to handle the passes... my rig is older, and as RV drivers we are newbies. We'd really prefer NOT to have to use those "runaway truck" places on the sides of the road!


Ebbets is Highway 4 and Sonora is Highway 108. Neither are good for large vehicles.


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Drove Tioga eastbound opening day last year (June 17th) in a 24'C. No problems. It's a long haul down, but it's pretty much a straight shot.
Just downshift and pull over as required to let autos pass.

I'd highly recommend the drive and it's not a white knuckle drive at all. Like my wife said, it's no Beartooth Pass.


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SONORA, and you lived? Tough in a car, let alone a 30 foot RV.
Tioga, it's done all the time. use the gears to slow you down the hills.


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JTMO wrote:

SONORA, and you lived? Tough in a car, let alone a 30 foot RV.
Tioga, it's done all the time. use the gears to slow you down the hills.


That's why I wouldn't do it again. The main problem was opposing traffic. There just wasn't a lot of room to get around the RV. I was just hoping I wouldn't meet another RV coming in the other direction or we would have been in trouble.

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I made the mistake of trying 108 in a small trailer once. I would not do it again. Tioa is not too bad just gear down and take your time. Great food at the Mobil station at 120 & 395.


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