NorCal Roadtrips

An Explorer's Guide to Northern California

Highway 108 Itinerary

Hwy. 108 starts off innocuously near Modesto, passes south of Woodward Reservoir, joins forces with Hwy. 120 for a time, passes Lake Tulloch and eventually heads off northeast at New Melones Reservoir near Jamestown in the foothills of Stanislaus National Forest. South of New Melones lies Don Pedro Lake at just over 800 feet in elevation. Just past New Melones the highway passes Railtown 1867 State Historic Park, enters and leaves the historic village of Twain Harte and parallels the Stanislaus River for a while. Near Strawberry it passes close to Pinecrest Lake and Beardsley Reservoir. Near Dardanelle it passes Donnell Reservoir enroute to Sonora Pass, which is closed in winter. In the Sonora Pass area, the Carson Iceberg Wilderness beckons from the north, the Emigrant Wilderness from the south and the Hoover Wilderness is a bit farther east (and south); a backpacker's trifecta. Leavitt Lake, at 7,000 feet, is accessed to the south. The West Walker River, offering good fishing for stocked rainbow trout and nice camping options, helps make this a nice road trip. If you get bored, head north a bit to Hwy. 4 and take that trip.