Tioga Pass

Lee Vining, United States of America

The Tioga Pass is a col with a length of 19 kilometer. This is a category 1 col. It is located in Lee Vining, California, United States of America. The average grade of this col is 4.4% with a maximum of 7.9%. The Tioga Pass ascents from 2.166 meter at the start, to 3.032 meter at the top, with a total of 865 ascending meters.


Tioga Pass Profile


Distance 19 km
Elevation gain 865 m
Average grade 4.4 %
Maximum grade 7.9 %
Climb category 1
Minimum elevation 2166 m
Maximum elevation 3032 m

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It is the highest highway pass in California and in the Sierra Nevada. The Tioga Pass is named after Tioga Mine, whose name originated in New York: "Tioga" is named for an Iroquois and Mohawk term meaning "where it forks".

The pass is subject to winter closure, due to high snowfall, normally from around the end of October until the end of May the following year, though these dates are subject to considerable variation. In heavy snow years, the road has closed in early October, and has remained closed as late as early July. In light snow years, the road may remain open until December and open as early as April.

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