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At a Glance
At 9945 ft (3030 m), Tioga Pass is
Californiaís highest paved pass, so itís no surprise that the DH
that traverses through the heart of the Sierra Nevada rates so
highly for Scenery. Striking rock formations and airy pine
forests prevail for the often-straight climb from Crane Flat to
Tioga Pass where domes, horned peaks, granite monoliths and
ridges of rocky debris crafted by the last ice age circle its
vast meadows. Youíd think these grand spectacles would create a
sense of high Remoteness. It would, but for the pylon-driving
multitudes picnicking amid the Indian paintbrush and cinquefoil.
There are more wonders after you leave the populated meadows,
ride along a small lake chain and enter one of the roadís few
good sections of sweepers. Here, the highway drops steeply
through an enormous, pure rock gorge down into the dry sagelands
of the Mono Basin. While it may seem odd that such dramatic
terrain can produce a road that scores so dismally for
Twistiness, sometimes you have to give up a few curves to
experience this kind of natural beauty. Guess thatís why they
call it sport-touring.