My husband and I came from the Markleeville side of the mountain. I was doing research of the area including Ebbet's Pass for my book project. Traveling toward it on Highway 4 was fine until we were going up on switchbacks in the snow. Then the closed Iron Gate at one juncture killed any plans to reach the summit. Imagine navigating the narrow, twisty thing in an SUV and trying to squeeze to one side to let another vehicle pass by. The fall down from the edge is a long one! So we parked our Tahoe and hiked past the gate and up the windy road. It was fantastic. I took gobs of photos and we had so much fun! Even though we didn't get to drive to the top, we loved the exercise and peaceful surroundings in the stillness of winter.
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