Yuba Pass is located on Highway 49, in beautiful Sierra County, between Sierra Buttes and Lakes Basin Recreation Area and Sierra Valley. At an elevation of 6,702 feet, the Yuba Pass area has stunning views of classic Sierra summit mixed conifer forest and expansive views of Sierra Valley at the nearby Sierra Valley Overlook. The Yuba Pass summit area has ample parking for visitors to get out of their vehicles and explore the area whether walking, hiking, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, snowmobile or equestrian travel.
While the Yuba Pass area is best known for the Yuba Pass Snow Park, it is also spectacular in the other seasons. During the summer, gorgeous wildflower displays of magenta penstemon and lacy white yampa can be found, while in the marshy areas you are more likely to see marigolds, elephant heads, corn lilies and several species of monkey flowers thriving in the spring sun. Historically, aspen stands have dominated the corridor between Bassetts and Yuba Pass providing fantastic displays of fall colors. Excellent bird-watching opportunities can be found along the many hiking trails in the area as well as the chance to spot black bear, foxes, and raccoons. Somewhat less visible are mountain lions and coyotes, so always be aware of your surroundings when in this wild area.
The Yuba Pass Snow Park is a popular place to visit for winter recreational sports with approximately 100-miles of groomed winter trails for skiing, snowshoeing, snowmobiling and other popular winter pursuits. Located 13-miles north of Sierra City, the Yuba Pass Snow Park accesses trails that reach the Little Truckee Summit staging area, Jackson Meadows reservoir and Bassetts staging area, traveling through the woods on forest service roads. Lunch Creek Trail is a cross-country/Nordic skiing only trail. Tubing, sledding, snowshoeing, and snow camping round out the winter fun in this large snow park facility. The snow park has a snow-cleared parking lot and restrooms. Snow park permits are required. Purchase them at Bassetts Station or call (916) 324-4442.
Camping and hiking are other popular recreational activities in the area. There are several Forest Service campgrounds to be found along Highway 49 between Bassetts and Yuba Pass and many recreational trails along Highway 49 on the way into Sierra Valley.
The Yuba Pass Area is a place for both active recreation and quiet relaxation. Whether you are looking for a peaceful hike to see lovely wildflower displays and abundant wildlife or you want to hop on your snowmobile and ride through the beautiful snowy landscape, the Yuba Pass has a place for everyone.
Driving the Yuba Pass area on Highway 49 is accessible year round, unless snow restrictions require closure in the winter months.
Yuba Pass Snow Park is open year round, but between November 1st through May 31st permits are required and rules and regulations are enforced. See California State Parks Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation website for more information.
Campgrounds are operated by the Forest Service and are generally open for the season mid-June through mid-October. Visit www.recreation.gov for specifics on individual campground seasonal dates and to make reservations.
Fees: Snow Park permits range from $25.00 for the season to $5.00 for day use. Available online or at Bassetts Station.