Snow alongside and above the road makes it even more spectacular, and now's the time for it.
Met a touring cyclist climbing (who took that picture above of me)
He was continuing to Las Vegas. Original plan had been to go over Tioga. I think the west side of Sonora is way harder, but he made it.
Late afternoon, another rider plunging down the west side upper steep
I started from Kennedy Meadows, climbed east over to Leavitt Meadows, then back over to the west the same way.
Great day for me. If Sonora Pass were in Europe, serious cyclists would drive six hours to ride over it, and it would be used lots of times in TdF or Giro.
Last Wednesday would have been nicer for photos if less cloudy sometimes, but I didn't mind feeling less heat while climbing thru the steep sections.