North from Ebbetts Peak
Ebbetts Peak is a small unassuming and rather humble summit that can be found just north of Ebbetts Pass next to the Pacific Crest Trail. Surrounded by higher peaks in the Ebbetts Pass Area
it still offers an outstanding vantage point. At first I hesitated to put this peak up as a worthwhile ascent. It's hardly a climb, with 360' of gain and only a quarter mile from the trailhead! Nevertheless it has great views and would be an excellent hike to do with a small child.
North from "Ebbetts Ridge" south of the pass
From Interstate 99 at Stockton go east on Hwy. 4 108 miles to Ebbetts Pass, 8,732'. From Hwy. 395 go west on Hwy. 4 over Monitor Pass 25 miles to Ebbetts Pass. A dirt road (high clearance 2 wheel drive) curves northeast 2 tenths mile and dead ends at 8,800'. If you can't take the road just park at the pass and add a few hundred yards to the hike. Take the trail north by the juniper pine up to the saddle and go east to the obvious peak on the right. A use trail of mildly loose scree goes to the summit.
Ebbetts Peak from the southSilver Creek Campground
is 5.5 mile east of Ebbetts pass on hwy. 4 at 6,800'.
There is also the Bloomfield Campground
by the Highland Lakes road 1.4 miles west of the pass. Go 1 mile southeast on the Highland Lakes road to the campground.
External LinksHwy.4 Ebbetts PassArea Hike Reports
Ebbetts Pass National Scenic Byway
Ebbetts Pass (8,732-8731'), Peak: Markleeville 15', Ebbetts Pass 7 1/2'
"The Pass was called Ebbetts Pass, in memory of Major Ebbetts, who went over it in the spring of 1851." (Goddard , Report, 90.) It is uncertain whether Ebbetts first saw the pass named after him in 1850 or 1851. The naming took place as a result of the 1853 surveying expedition. Ebbetts was killed in the explosion of the steamer "Secretary" in San Francisco Bay in 1854. (Alta California, April 6, 1854.) The pass was named on Goddard's map of 1857, but the Whitney Survey omitted it from there maps because it was not in use locally. The name was restored by the USGS with the publication of the Markleeville 30' map, 1893. (StNSF) Place Names of the Sierra Nevada, Peter Browning