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49.3 mi / 79.3 km


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At a Glance
John Charles Fremont and Kit Carson would no doubt have made an award–winning television documentary had they found the Carson Pass route through the Sierra Nevada today rather than during their arduous, middle-of-winter expedition on 1844. Modern motorcycling mountain men don't have to be quite so heroic when they explore this track through great high-country mountain and lake Scenery and down into the thick, foothill forest east of the Sacramento Valley. Remoteness, which can be elusive in California, is elevated up here in the Mokelumne Wilderness, especially in the saddle between Carson Pass and Silver Lake. Pavement is coarse-grained but effortlessly smooth, apart from a little winter kill at the higher spots. Combine it with wide-open, sweeping Twistiness and better-than-average Engineering—particularly on the lots-o’-shoulder western slope—and even luxo-tourers will be on this route like starving frontiersmen on fresh game. Can you say high speed? The CHP STCs probably can. Assuming they don't explore your pocket-book, you’ll enjoy a ride with more Character than our explorers had with their horses and mules. We’re sure J and the Kitman would’ve happily exchanged their old-tech mounts for a train of video camera-equipped Wings, Kings or LTs to record their show. After all, as the song says, “You and me baby, ain’t nothin’ but ridin’ mammals, so let’s do it like they do on the Discovery Channel.”
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