The Corridor – Part 2

Total Miles
5.5

Elevation

2451.82 ft

Duration

Hours

Technical Rating

6

Moderate

Best Time

spring, summer, fall

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Trail Overview

Difficulty

Intermediate

History

Named after Major John Ebbett and pointed out in 1853 to surveyor G.H. Goddard who referred to it as a "route of great promise, probably the best one for transcontinental railway". No Emigrant train used this route but a stage road was completed here in 1864 to serve the mining region of Silver City. "Major" J.A.N. Ebbetts claimed to have led a group of miners and mules east over the Sierras in 1851, using a snow-free pass at the headwaters of the Mokelumne River. Later, in 1853, he led a railroad survey team across the Sonora Pass region. From a high peak just east of Sonora Pass he pointed north to the pass he thought he took in 1851 to George Goddard, a mapmaker. In 1854, Ebbetts died in a steamer explosion. In memoriam, Goddard placed the name Ebbetts Pass on the map he completed in 1856, approximately in the region he thought Ebbetts had pointed out. It was not until 1893, however, that the U.S. Geological Survey team, in drafting the Markleeville Quadrangle, officially named the location for Ebbetts.

Technical Rating

6