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Cycling Summits and Passes in California




All of these points are in the northern part of the state. They are sorted roughly by personal favorites first, within each category:

COMPLETELY PAVED SUMMITS AND PASSES:

Ebbetts Pass -8730ft-  a relatively small percentage of paved roads in the US seem tailor made for a bike ride, this is one of them
Monitor Pass -8314ft-  not across the Sierra Nevada Range, but a perfect far viewpoint on them
Pacific Grade Summit -8050ft- the unusually, steep and curvy eastern side of this pass adjoins Ebbetts Pass
Lassen National Park Road s(u) -8511ft- a great way to get away from traffic hassles in some of California's best scenery
Donner Pass -7135ft- little traffic, great scenery, many bikes, not that much climbing
FR19 Deer Mountain Rd s(u) -6790ft- The section over the summit is paved. But using additional unpaved roads, this is the highest point on a ride around Mount Shasta
Packsaddle Pass -7210ft- the major attraction is the relative isolation and narrowness of the road
Carson Pass -8574ft- the Sierra Nevada Range looks like a big plateau from this wide major highway
Luther Pass -7790ft- a minor pass in the Lake Tahoe area
Snowman's Hill s(u) - a point on the slope of Mount Shasta, start point for many unpaved higher rides
Brockway Summit -4470ft-  busy road with shoulder between Lake Tahoe and Truckee

COMPLETELY OR PARTIALLY UNPAVED SUMMITS AND PASSES:
 
Forestdale Divide -8800ft- this point above Carson Pass is a better vantage point on the scenery
FR19 s(u)-2 -6560ft- an intermediate summit on a partially unpaved ride around Mount Shasta
FR31 s(u)-1 -5620ft- another summit point on the ride around Mount Shasta
FR17 Lassen National Forest s(u) -6190ft- this is a road through the northeastern forests like many others. But with it you can ride a loop ride over the paved Lassen National Park Road s(u)

SUMMITS AND PASSES WITH AT LEAST SOME TRAIL SECTION:

Tahoe Rim Trail: section Armstrong Pass - Daggett Pass -9740ft- this part of the TRT summits below the highest peak on the east side of Lake Tahoe
Tahoe Rim Trail: section Big Meadow Th - Armstrong Pass -9500ft- follows near the ridge line south east of Lake Tahoe
Grey Butte s(u) -8119ft- a high point on the slope of Mount Shasta


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