Hi, I'm planning to drive from Vegas to South Lake Tahoe next week (in early February) and have scoped out some routes as well as some prior feedback in this forum that was offered to other trippers.
The two routes I'm considering are Rt. 95 all the way up to Yerington and then 339-208-395. This seems like a fairly conservative route and, being that I'll be in a low-end rental from Dollar Rental in Vegas, I am leaning conservative. HOWEVER, I would LOVE to skirt across Death Valley and run the Sierra ridge up 395. The problem is that I don't know the tendencies of those roads and don't want to get stranded if 395 is perilous at that time of year.
What I'd like to know from an experienced traveler of either route is whether or not I am I being realistic with those concerns? Also, it seems like a distinct possibility that once I approach the S. Lake Tahoe area that I will need snow chains. Are there spots along both routes to pick some up prior to the check points?
Many thanks for any input!!