NO. 318 EBBETTS PASS ROUTE - The Emigrant Trail through Ebbetts Pass, discovered by and named after 'Major' John Ebbetts, was opened up in the early 1850s, but no wagon road went that way until 1864, when a toll road, under the name of Carson Valley and Big Tree Road, was completed to help open up the Comstock Lode in Nevada.
Ebbetts Pass on Hwy 4 (P.M. 18.5), 18 mi SW of Markleeville
Check road conditions before you leave. Ebbetts Pass is usually closed Mid-November through May. Sometimes is is closed as late as July. (We saw some snow in July!) The drive was not nearly as bad as we thought it might be!
If you have time, bring your fishing pool and license. The river and lakes along Hwy 4 are stocked with trout.