Beckwourth Pass (el. 5,221 ft. / 1,591 m) is the lowest mountain pass in the Sierra Nevada mountain range. It is located at the eastern edge of the Sierra Valley near the small town of Chilcoot-Vinton, Plumas County, California. Beckwouth Pass is 20 miles east of Portola, California and 25 miles northwest of Reno, Nevada.
Beckwourth Pass is named in honor of mountain man, explorer and guide James P. Beckwourth, who is credited with the "discovery" of the pass in 1850. Beckwouth later developed his Beckwourth Trail which originated from Truckee Meadows (now the site of Sparks, Nevada) north to Beckwourth Pass and then west through Plumas, Butte and Yuba counties into California's great central valley terminating at Marysville, California.
State Route 70 and the Union Pacific Railroad (formerly the Western Pacific Railroad) use the pass to cross the Sierra Nevada mountain range. Beckwourth Pass is approached from the west along the railroad's Feather River Route. Route 70 crosses ove (from [www.wikipedia.org](http://www.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beckwourth_Pass).