Eastbound off-ramp access on Interstate 80 at Emigrant Gap, Laing, and Yuba Gap
were also closed due to the fire.
From Yuba Gap
in the Sierra to State 1 on the coast, State Highway 20 meanders through a less-glorified cross section of the state, past small mining, farming, timber, and fishing towns that have quietly shaped California.
About an hour east of Sacramento, the first groomed skiing you come to is just off the Yuba Gap
exit, at Eagle Mountain X-Country Ski Area (800/391-2254), which has 75 kilometers of groomed trails.