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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Apr 2010
    Encinitas, California, United States

    Default San Diego to Lake Tahoe Via The 395 Alternate Routes in case of snow

    We're headed up to South Lake Tahoe in mid April and though I don't anticipate much of a problem on the roads, I thought I'd prepare for the worst case.

    Suggestions on alternate routes getting into South Lake Tahoe from the 395 if I run into heavy snow.

    We will driving a sedan without 4 wheel drive and will have snow chains in the trunk just in case.

    Thanks for any help. Love Roadtrip America!

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Mar 2005
    Tucson, AZ

    Default Your Only 'Out' is a Time Out

    Welcome aboard the RoadTrip America Forums!

    While I wouldn't anticipate any serious snow during your drive north (Average daytime highs for April are 72 in Bishop and 53 in South Lake Tahoe) the fact is that once you commit to taking US-395 north your options are pretty limited. You pretty much have to enter South Lake Tahoe via US-50 from the east and that is where you are most likely to run into trouble.


  3. #3
    Join Date
    Oct 2008
    Joplin MO


    There are 3 main ways to get to SLT from 395.

    1. CA-89 over Monitor and Luther Passes. Monitor Pass closes every winter, and is not open for the season yet. Most scenic.
    2. NV-207 up the Kingsbury Grade. Most direct.
    3. US-50 from Carson City. Most out of the way, but best maintained.

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Apr 2010
    Encinitas, California, United States


    Thanks for the info. A little clearer and easy to understand than what I've stumbled across elsewhere. Really appreciate the help.

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