Ebbets Pass, California

Steven Dutch, Natural and Applied Sciences, University of Wisconsin - Green Bay
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I think this is my favorite pass over the Sierra Nevada. There are actually two summits. The western summit offers a spectacular view to the south as well as some interesting local geologic details. The road then dips into a remote valley, rises to the eastern summit, then drops - maybe a better word is plummets - down a gut-wrenching series of switchbacks with marvelous views for those who dare take their eyes off the road. There are a couple of spots where the highway signs warn of 25 per cent grades.

Ebbets Pass Like most roads over the Sierra Nevada, California Route 4 over Ebbets Pass features a long gentle western approach with beautiful forest but all too infrequent views.

Below: a recent landslide.

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Ebbets Pass Exfoliated granite.

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Ebbets Pass Three lithologies: llight granodiorite, dark metamorphic rocks, and andesite flows capping the summit.
Ebbets Pass Glacial polish on metamorphic rocks.
Ebbets Pass Deep chemical weathering in hollows on the metamorphic rocks.
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Ebbets Pass Those castellated ridges in the distance are also visible on the Sonora Pass highway.
Left and below: views east of the pass. Below is the view down the valley of the Walker River.

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Created 7 April 2003, Last Update 01 July 2012

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