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DH58 (Non Feature DH)
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58.8 mi / 94.6 km


Can be Heavy
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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
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