A drive to the top of Henness Pass in CA
Henness Pass is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 2.115m (6,938ft) above the sea level, located in Sierra County, in the U.S. state of California. In its entirety, the trail is suitable for high-clearance vehicles.
Is the road to Henness Pass in CA paved?
The road to the summit is mostly unpaved and not generally passable by automobiles in winter. Although a 4x4 vehicle is not necessary, a high clearance vehicle is recommended as portions of the road are unpaved. The road is called Henness Pass Road (Forest Road 07) and links Highway 49 through the forest until it meets Highway 89 near Little Truckee Summit and then continues on through the Kyburz Flat area to Verdi, NV. A good chunk of it is paved (from Highway 89 to Jackson Meadows) but it is mostly forest road. The road is pretty much a high clearance two wheel drive dirt road with a few rough spots along the way. This secluded and winding mountain road extends 88 to 107 miles, depending on where you begin, and rises to an elevation of 6,938 feet through scenic mountain passes and vistas.
Is the road to Henness Pass in California open?
Set high on the crest of the Sierra Nevada range within the Tahoe National Forest, northwest of Reno, the road is accessible from May until November. Mud and sand are possible but will be easily passable. It often holds snow late into the summer months. Be prepared to turn around if needed, bring a shovel for digging your vehicle out, and keep your eye on conditions, especially during the early season.
What is the history of the Henness Pass?
The road cuts through a number of historic sites and beautiful and rugged terrain through a variety of scenery. The road route is believed to be designed by Patrick Henness in 1849 or 1850. It was the primary emigrant trail from Virginia City, Nevada to Marysville, California and the only mountain pass that existed at the time. Historically, the road was a travel route used by Native Americans and then immigrants and local mining communities during the Gold Rush era.