Kingsbury Grade Road Conditions (Nevada Highway 207)
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Condition of major highways passing through the Lake Tahoe area as of Sunday, December 8, 2013 at 17:10 .
Nevada Highway 207 Conditions (Kingsbury Grade) See map below
IN THE CENTRAL CALIFORNIA AREA
CHAINS OR SNOW TIRES ARE REQUIRED FROM THE JCT OF SR 4 TO THE MT REBA
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Driving to Lake Tahoe by Car on the Kingsbury Grade Road
A popular, and totally spectacular road into the south Lake Tahoe basin is up the Kingsbury Grade road.
The Kingsbury Grade Road has a long and colorful history. The mountain trail originally known as the Georgetown Trail was renamed the Dagget Pass Trail in 1854 for C.D. Dagget when he bought the land. In 1860 Kingsbury and McDonald built a new wagon toll road in exchange for a territorial franchise in 1861. It shortened a trip from Sacramento to Virginia City, Nevada by 15 miles. The road cost a staggering $585,000 and was financed by a $17.50 toll charge for a round trip.
Henry Van Sickle, who ran a station at the foot of the grade and had helped finance the original building, eventually acquired the road and sold it to Douglas County in 1889 for $1,000. The Kingsbury Grade road guided stage coaches and the Pony Express in the days of the Old West.
Today the year-around road carries thousands of visitors to the area on one of the most scenic and thrilling highways in the western United States. Regardless of the season, always be prepared for sudden and drastic changes in the weather. Winter or summer, storms can sweep in much faster than you can imagine and the change in conditions can make driving conditions very dangerous.
Kingsbury Grade Road Driving Tips
Kingsbury Grade Conditions
Always check the Kingsbury Grade Road conditions before setting out. Nevada Highway 207 into South Lake Tahoe is a spectatular way to arrive but can be treacherous at any time of year, and extremely dangerous in the winter.
California's CalTrans site allows you to look up the driving conditions for any of the major highways that pass through the state including Nevada Highway 207. For your convenience we have combined the very latest reports from CalTrans of all the important highways to, or around, Tahoe including road conditions over Kingsbury Grade Road and Sourth Lake Tahoe road conditions.
Echo Summit Driving Checklist
- Check that your brakes, windshield wiper, defroster and heater are working properly.
- Make sure your antifreeze is fresh and the radiator is full. It’s a good idea to add special solvents to your windshield washer tank to keep it from freezing.
- Check your tires and carry the proper chains for your vehicle. A flashlight and chain repair kit can be vital. Have an accurate road map, a cell phone and emergency numbers and keep an extra key in your wallet or with another person in the vehicle.
- Additionally carry an ice scraper or de-icer, a broom, a shovel and towels. In case you really get stuck bring food, water, warm clothing and blankets.
- Allow extra time for the trip since winter conditions will show you down.
- Keep your tank full of gas.
- Most importantly, slow down. Ice and fog can put you out of control in seconds. Keep a much greater distance between you and other cars and stay extra alert for sudden changes in conditions. Maximum speed limit with chains is 25-30 mph.
- You must stop and put on chains if required to do so by an officer or posted signs.
There are several all-weather highways around Lake Tahoe except during the most severe weather. These include US 50 east over Echo Summit, CA 88 North from Stockton, CA 207 over the Kingsbury Grade, US 395 to US 50 West at Carson City and finally Highway 431 over Mount Rose going from Reno.