Sherman Pass

Sherman Pass: lots of twists and turns

Sherman Pass is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 2.804m (9,200ft) above the sea level, located in Tulare County, California, in USA. Lots of twists and turns. It's one of the highest mountain roads of California.

Is Sherman Pass road paved?

The road to the summit is asphalted. It’s called Sherman Pass Road (Forest Route 22S05). It’s a scenic drive with lots of twists and turns with excessive grades.

Is Sherman Pass dangerous?

Located on the eastern side of Sequoia National Forest on the edge of the Kern Plateau, the summit offers stunning views of the Sierra Crest and Mount Whitney. The road is 2 lanes but 18' narrow. It is steep, with some parts up to 9%. It’s a narrow road with minimal traffic. The terrain is mountainous with extreme drop offs on the edges of the road.

Is Sherman Pass open?

It suffers the harsh meteorological conditions of the area every winter. It is usually open from late May or early June, depending on snow, until the snow falls in late fall or winter. It’s one of the most remote, hottest and remote climbs in California. Beware that the heat during the summer can be stifling.

How long is Sherman Pass?

The pass links the villages of Johnsondale (in Tulare County) and Linnie (in Inyo County) on US-395 Road. It’s 117km (73miles) long.


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