A mining road to Mount Patterson in California

Mount Patterson is a high mountain peak at an elevation of 3.560m (11,679ft) above the sea level, located in Mono County, in the east central portion of the U.S. state of California, near the Nevada border. It’s one of the highest roads of California.

Mount Patterson

Set high in the Sweetwater Mountains, the scenic road to the summit (with fantastic views) is totally unpaved. It’s pretty rough and requires using a 4wd vehicle. The peak is accessible from July to October due the snow. The open and close dates all depend on snowmelt and snowfall each year.
The 360 degrees views from the top are incredible. The road to the summit is an old mining road to Montague Mine Cabin. The area is dotted with many mines, that were active in the 1880s. High winds blow here all year long. The higher you get, the more exposed you’re to the wind.

Tucked away in the Toiyabe National Forest, the road to the summit is very steep, hitting an 18% of maximum gradient through some of the ramps. Starting at US395, the road is 25.7 km (15.96 miles) long. Over this distance the elevation gain is 1.568 meters. The average gradient is 6.10%.
Pic: 4x4Husky