Alpine County is located between Yosemite and Lake Tahoe in the California Sierra Nevada mountains. The county is divided into three specific areas : Bear Valley/Lake Alpine, Kirkwood/Hope Valley, and Markleeville/Woodfords. These areas are connected by a network of high alpine highways.
The high-country segment of Highway 4 between Lake Alpine and Markleeville Highway 89 is closed during the winter months (approximately mid-November to May). However, as confirmed by its new Federal Scenic Byway status, Highway 4 is one of the most beautiful mountain passes in the country in the Spring, Summer, and Autumn. Allow plenty of driving time between your destinations!
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Alpine County Road Department Updates: Click Here
Traveling during the months between November and May? The weather during this time can be unpredictable! Therefore we strongly encourage you to carry snow chains. Call our office to find out where you can purchase chains in Alpine County: (530) 694-2475.
We will be hosting our 40th anniversary Death Ride - Tour of the California Alps on Sat. July 17, 2021. The following roads will be closed this day:
Hwy 4 (Ebbetts Pass) from Markleeville to Lake Alpine
Hwy 89 (Monitor Pass) from Markleeville to Hwy 395
Plan your trip accordingly, and enjoy visiting the communities of Markleeville and Lake Alpine/Bear Valley while you wait to proceed to your destination.