Sonora Run - Sunday June 9, 2024

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Over the Hills and Far Away Run - October 11/12/13, 2019


Your Hosts: Tina and Steve Sandke

Come join us for a weekend crossing the Sierra Nevada and back! The fall colors should be in full swing.

We’ll be doing a very informal run up to Sonora Friday afternoon, for those who can make it. See information below. 

Saturday’s route takes us over Ebbets and Monitor passes and onto the eastern side of the Sierra Nevada. After lunch in the tiny town of Walker, we’ll dash down into Mammoth Lakes, where we’ll spend the night.

Sunday morning we head back north from Mammoth, take a detour around the June Lake Loop, then stop for lunch in Bridgeport. After lunch, we cross Sonora Pass and head back through Sonora and then scatter and return to our lives.

RSVP, if attending via MSR:

What to bring:

  • Your radios. Don’t forget chargers and/or extra batteries; these are long days.
  • Snacks & Drinks. There aren’t any places to stop and grab something on the passes.
  • Toilet Paper (the bathrooms along the way are, shall we say, rustic in places.)
  • Stickers you’d like to place at a vista point
A significant portion of Saturday and Sunday are spent at higher altitudes (9000 ft).
Remember to bring plenty of water and stay hydrated.


Friday (October 11, 2019)

Drive: to Sonora, CA
Given the early start Saturday morning, a number of us will be spending Friday evening in Sonora. We will likely do an optional group run to get up to Sonora, but this is completely optional.

Optional Group Run Meetup Location:

Meeting Location:
223 S Vasco Rd
Livermore, CA 94551

Meeting Time/Departure Time:

We’ll take Patterson Pass Road over into the Central Valley. Once we’re on the other side, we’ll consult Waze and select the fastest route up to Sonora. 


Friday Night Dinner:
We don’t have formal group meals planned for the evenings. Feel free to use the event page on Facebook to coordinate plans or find out where folks are hanging out. 

Lodging Suggestions for Sonora (Friday 10/11/19):


Saturday (October 12, 2019)

Drive: Sonora to Mammoth Lakes via Ebbets and Monitor Pass.


Route Sheet:

This is a pretty long day, even if you’re staying in Sonora the night before. It’s well over 3 hours driving to lunch, likely a bit longer with stops. Post-lunch travel time is likely around two hours including one stop.

We suggest you bring snacks and drinks along for the ride. That said, bathrooms are few and far between on the passes, and the ones we will stop at are generally national park basic bathrooms.

Meeting Location:
133 Old Wards Ferry Rd
Sonora, CA 95370

Meeting Time/Departure Time:
8:30am/9am Sharp

Please arrive with a full tank of gas.  Fuel is not readily available past Bear Valley.

Walker, CA
There are at least two options in this small town in the Eastern Sierra:
  • MountainView BBQWe dined here on our dry run in August, and it was great. They don’t take reservations, but we can call and warn them we’re coming that morning.
  • Walker BurgerA cute little roadside walk-up burger joint, with a large shaded patio area.

We’ll spend about an hour here, then regroup and head south to Mammoth Lakes.

After lunch, we’ll dash down US 395 to Mammoth Lakes. There’s one stop on the agenda — an overlook near Mono Lake. The guardrail at the overlook is utterly covered in stickers; feel free to bring a few to add to the collection.

We’ll arrive in Mammoth Lakes later in the afternoon, and folks can scatter to their hotels to check in and freshen up. This is a great time to fill up the cars with gas. Don’t forget to charge your radios.

Lodging Suggestions for Mammoth (Saturday 10/12/19):

There are a number of chains a bit farther out from the above as well. 

Saturday Night Dinner:
We do not have a formal group dinner scheduled. Folks should coordinate amongst themselves. There are a number of options in and around The Village, which is the hub in the center of town. 


Sunday (October 13, 2019)

Drive: Mammoth Lakes to Sonora (and home) via Sonora Pass


Route Sheet:

Meeting Location:
2935 Main St
Mammoth Lakes, CA 93546

Meeting Time/Departure Time:
8:45am/9am Sharp

Please arrive with a full tank of gas. 

Before we leave Mammoth, we’ll stop and visit the local earthquake fault. After that, we’ll head over to the June Lake Loop, stopping in a couple of spots for photos, and then head up to Bridgeport for lunch.

Bridgeport, CA

Bridgeport is larger than Walker (where we had lunch yesterday) but the dining options are quite similar. There are a few spots next to each other; we’ll lead you to the general area, and everyone can pick and choose.

Your leaders will be dining at The Barn, 152 Main St, Bridgeport, CA 93517. 

It’s a walk up burger joint with a broad menu and good food. We’ll take an hour for lunch, then regroup and head on over Sonora Pass.

After crossing the Sierra, we’ll head back through Sonora. At this point, we imagine folks will scatter and head home. The formal run ends here, though folks are welcome to caravan as appropriate past Sonora.

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