Is April too soon for Yosemite ?

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  1. damasovi

    damasovi Long timer

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    HI,

    I am thinking I would like to do a Spring ride, but I am worry that about passes been close. I know it is impossible to say for sure, because it is weather depend BUT, has any body done this the first week of April?

    I have spring break and it would be a very nice ride.

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  2. RandyM

    RandyM Less talk, More ride

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    Tioga pass will almost certainly be closed the first week of April. It usually opens in either May or June. The roads in the valley should be open.

    If you are taking I-5 to I-99, the only other mountain pass is the "Grapevine" just north of LA. It rarely gets closed for snow.
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  3. damasovi

    damasovi Long timer

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    This sounds like something doable as far as traveling goes.

    I am not planning on taking any off road just the main roads, also I have consider taking one way up and the other way down, I read somewhere that there is at least 1 pass open, threw Yosemite coming from the West to the East. Would the 395 be ok to take on my way south?


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  4. Donkey Hotey

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    395 is not accessable from Yosemite in Winter. That's Tioga pass leading over to 395 and it will absolutely be closed until at least the end of May.

    Glacier point road will also be closed and there will probably be ice on the roads in the shady areas. Best to ride later in the day (not early mornings before ice has thawed).

    Your most logical way would be to go in on Highway 41 and out on 120 (to the east). The Sierra Foothills are gorgeous that time of year so you could easily continue the trip north on Highway 49, all the way to Interstate 80.
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  5. damasovi

    damasovi Long timer

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    Thanks amigos, this is very helpful since I have never riding in this area and during a time when weather is not in full warm mode.

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  6. dyvking

    dyvking ahead of his flamin star

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    You could ride to Yosemite, visit the valley, then go north to Hwy 80 and cross the Sierra at Lake Tahoe.. but that's a long ride. Even at that, Hwy 395 from Lake Tahoe south to Mono Lake can be cold and snowy in April.

    As a second choice, April can be a good time to visit Death Valley!
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    As many have stated, the Sierra can be snowy in April. I have been caught in snow as late as May in the mountains. 395 in April is a day by day thing. Can be cold and snowy or sunny and spring like. The thing that doesn't change about the east side (395) is the straightness. The scenery is spectacular, but you will have a nice flat spot around your tires. :2cry
    The west side of the Sierra down low would be beautiful that time of year, and from just north of Bakersfield you can cut up, and ride amazing deserted, curvey roads with no line down the middle up to Oakhurst, and then take 49 North or 41 into Yosemite. If you have a gps and need some route advice, let me know and I can send you some tracks. I go north through there several times a year.
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  8. damasovi

    damasovi Long timer

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    Amigo thanks for the offer, I have Garmin e-trex? (need to find it) and as you can image I don't know how to use it, basically because it is not very good down here in Mexico, just the altitude and stuff like that, no real turn by turn info, so if you send them I will learn how to use them.

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  9. BogeyMan

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    As some have already said, Tioga Pass (Hwy 120) will likely be closed through Memorial Weekend. On a rare, low-snow year, it may open earlier. Sonora Pass (Hwy 108) often opens a little before Tioga since it's not quite as high. A little further to the north is Monitor Pass (Hwy 89).

    You can see the historic data for open/closure of the various passes on CalTrans' website.
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  10. crtahoe

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    I live in Lake Tahoe and would be careful about planning any trip in the Sierras above 6,000 feet elevation. Even with snow clear there is plenty of black ice to be worried about. Tiaga Pass is definitely closed in April- usually opens end of May unless it was a Monster winter. Stay at lower elevations through the foothills for great riding.
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  11. damasovi

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    CRtahoe man thanks for the advice, I think it is better to wait for teacher's day on May 15th for this trip.... ups I will need a big mother's day gift, lol

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