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    Default LA -> LonePine -> S.Lake Tahoe -> Yosemite -> Kings/Sequoia -> LA

    Hello everyone! I have a couple questions about a trip I am planning:

    YOSEMITE LOOP ROADTRIP 5/12 - 5/19

    Sat 5/12 Van Nuys to Lone Pine via 395 approx 3 hrs
    5 North to 14 N to 395N
    Stay 1 night in Lone Pine

    Sun 5/13 Lone Pine to South Lake Tahoe via 395 approx 5 hrs
    Stay 2 nights in South Lake Tahoe
    Mon 5/14 explore Tahoe/Reno?

    Tues 5/15 Tahoe to MidPine (Yosemite) via 50->49 (Placerville) Scenic Route
    Stay 2 nights in MidPine (Yosemite)
    Wed 5/16 explore Yosemite

    Thurs 5/17 MidPine to Three Rivers (Kings/Sequoia Nat値 Parks) Scenic Route
    41 south to Fresno, East via 180 scenic route thru Squaw Valley & Pinehurst to Three Rivers (198?)
    Stay 2 nights in Three Rivers (Kings/Sequoia Nat値 Parks)
    Fri /18 explore Kings/Sequoia Nat値 Parks

    Sat 5/19 Three Rivers to Van Nuys
    198 to 99 S to 5 S

    I am concerned about my route from S. Lake Tahoe to Yosemite. I am trying to find a SCENIC route that will more than likely be open that early in the year from Tahoe to Yosemite. I already know the usual roads will most likely be closed, especially from the eastern side, so I am going to approach from the North and enter on the west side since apparently those roads have better chances of being open (?)

    I have no idea how long the drive will take from Tahoe to Yosemite via the 49, I have heard it is slowbut I知 not sure how many hours not including stopping. I was trying to make each day痴 driving time approximately 4 hours (not considering stopping) so that we can allow a max of 8 hours with stopping/eating, etc.

    Do any of you have an estimate on how many hours it would take me to drive from Tahoe to MidPine via the 49? Is this road likely to be open in early/mid-May? Looking at a map, it seems if this road is not open, my only choice will be to take the 50 to Sacramento, then the 99 South to the 120, that looks like a very unpleasant and LONG drive to me.

    Also, if you know how many hours it might take from MidPine to Three Rivers via the 180.

    I知 also open to reversing the loop, making Kings/Sequoia Nat値 Parks the first stop - since it seems it will be easier to approach Yosemite from the South/West and making Lone Pine the last stop before returning home. Then my questions would be similar, I can see another scenic route from Kings/Sequoia to Yosemite, but it looks pretty tricky, and I知 not sure if it would be open either.

    If any of you have any good suggestions or alternatives please let me know!

    Thanks for any help!

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    Default Pretty Dry thus far!

    Quote Originally Posted by eukie View Post
    I am concerned about my route from S. Lake Tahoe to Yosemite. I am trying to find a SCENIC route
    Welcome to the Great American RoadTrip Forum! This may the one year when you the southern Nevada passes will open earlier than normal. Very little snow has fallen since November -- on the other hand the temps have been among the lowest on record. Staffers have been ice skating on the Merced River in Yosemite valley -- (that is very rare! I really doubt I would trust it, but I have seen the photos!)
    I知 also open to reversing the loop, making Kings/Sequoia Nat値 Parks the first stop - since it seems it will be easier to approach Yosemite from the South/West
    This approach seems to make the most sense to me. While is true that the Sherman Pass road can be used to reach Sequoia National Monument (and eventually the national park) from the east side of the Sierras, May would be pushing it that the roads would be open the entire way. By the way, this a gorgeous road -- but even with the pedal to the metal it would be a 12-hr+ driving day to reach Sequoia from US-395 on the eastern slope of the mountains.

    I have driven CA-49 top to bottom several times over the years. Because of the curvy roads, the slower speed limits and the several towns along the way, I don't think you can expect to average much faster than 48 mph along CA-49 over an eight hour travel day. There are some stretches where you can travel 65+ -- but averaging 48-50 mph is about the fastest you can go.

    I have never known CA-49 to ever be closed in May (except for the occasional mud slide issues).
    Also, if you know how many hours it might take from MidPines to Three Rivers via the 180.
    It is about 150 miles and if you enjoy the drive and stop and take photos, etc. you should be able to cover this distance in 3-4 hours.

    Happy Planning!

    Mark

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