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PostPosted: Thu Jun 17, 2004 10:35 am    Post subject: Henness Pass Road Reply with quote

SUV and other four-wheel drive owners anxious to take their vehicles off the highway and learn more about the history of the Mother Lode, are invited to participate in the upcoming Sacramento Jeepers' 5th Annual Henness Pass Road trip, Saturday, Sept. 18 and Sunday, Sept. 19 beginning in Marysville, Calif. and concluding in Virginia City, Nev.

"This event is specifically designed as an overnight outing for SUV owners and families looking for a scenic drive through the Sierras with some mild four-wheeling and learning some interesting facts about California's gold rush history," said Warner Anderson, noted Sierra historian and narrator for the trip.

According to Anderson, the Henness Pass Road, founded during the gold rush era, was one of the most heavily traveled routes in its day, but has virtually disappeared from most modern maps. He said participants on this year's trip would travel up a ridge between the north and middle forks of the Yuba River and proceed over the Sierra Nevada Mountains via the Henness Pass near Webber Lake. Once over the crest of the mountains, the group will continue down near Verdi, Nevada and conclude their trip in historic Virginia City.

"This trip is particularly well-suited for families as we will not only explore this forgotten road with its breathtaking scenery, but we will also visit weathered ghost towns, old mine ruins and abandoned camps," said Anderson.

"We will be making many stops on this trip to provide our guests with a full appreciation of what life was like in the early 1850's along a road route believed to have been designed by Patrick Henness," Anderson said. "By mid 1859, silver was discovered near Reno and the exodus of miners from California to the big Silver Bonanza was on. The Henness Pass Road, with its easy grades and established mining camps and stage stops along the way, became one of the more popular routes to the Comstock."

Cost for the Henness Pass Road trip is $140 per adult, $50 for children seven through 14 years of age and children six and under are welcome free of charge. The cost includes all meals, one t-shirt and one dash plaque per adult and one t-shirt for children ages seven to 14. There are a limited number of vehicles that may attend, so registration is on a first-come, first-served basis.

Since the trip is designed with overnight camping, Anderson recommends all participants bring camping equipment including a tent, sleeping bags, air mattress, cooler, etc. A Citizens Band (CB) radio is recommended for the narrated portions of tour stops and any emergencies. Participants not owning a CB radio, may request a loaner in advance.

Participants are requested to meet in the Kragen Auto Parts parking lot in Marysville between 9th and 10th Streets at 7 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 18 for registration.

For additional information or to request a registration packet, please visit the Sacramento Jeepers' website at or email For additional questions, contact Tom Maneely at (916) 725-4625.
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 22, 2004 1:54 am    Post subject: Two notes from a 'local'... Reply with quote

... One on-topic, one semi-off-topic.

1) If the run includes a stop at the Mountain House memorial plaque (where Henness Pass Rd. hits Mtn. House Rd.; it's one of the Clampers' plaques), please resist the temptation to drive all the way up to the plaque. It's a loooong drop off the far side..... Probably the worst shortcut ever to Goodyear Bar. Wink

2) Those with a bit of extra time (on a different weekend) may enjoy a shot at Pike City Road out of Camptonville. Not a long drive, but a decent challenge road with fantastic scenery. From Hwy. 49, make a right on Cleveland Ave. into Camptonville and hang another right on Pike City Rd. (next to Lost Luigi's Pizza); the pavement ends about mile beyond. The road takes you down to Alleghany Rd.; make a right when you reach pavement and you're on your way back to Hwy. 49. A nice lil' excursion if you're in the area.
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