San Diego to Yosemite and back first week in September

Discussion in 'West – California, the desert southwest and whatev' started by socaldualsport, Jun 16, 2012.

  1. socaldualsport

    socaldualsport Banned

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    This is a week long or so ride in the first week in September. Starting in Bakersfield we start on dirt fairly quickly
    and start climbing up to the foot hills on Rancheria Rd to Alta Sierra.

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    We then head into Sequoia National Monument from there via the Portuguese Pass trail. Once in Sequoia National Monument
    after a stop at the trail of 100 Giants its back on dirt through the monument on Windy Gap Trail and Solo Peak road to Camp Nelson.

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    We take back dirt roads through the monument stopping at Camp Nelson and then back on dirt on Redwood Rd
    following to the 190 to fill up gas in Springville. We follow the 190 around the foot hills winding through oak
    woodlands and grassy hills and then picking up dirt again on Whitney Peak Rd. We follow this until we connect on the 198 at Lake Kaweah.

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    Filling up on gas at Three Rivers we head up to higher elevations enjoying the twisties through the
    Kaweah river valley on the 198 into Sequoia National Park .

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    We head through Sequoia National Park on the Generals highway until we get to 40 mile Rd and cut off
    on dirt to Hume Lake. Now in Kings Canyon National Park we follow 40 Mile Rd until we get to the 180.
    This is a scenic 21 mile back loop getting us off main route into the back country of the park.

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    Only on the 180 for a few miles we turn off on Millwood Rd and get back on dirt.
    We follow Millwood Rd for about 50 miles enjoying the back country

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    Toward the end of this extended dirt track we'll come to McKinley Grove of the giant sequoia.

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    We get back on the hard top following Dinkey Creek Rd toward Shaver Lake. We'll gas up at Shaver Lake and enjoy the scenery and replenish our food stocks.

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    After Shaver lake we follow the 168 turning off on to Acorn Rd. From here we'll be taking multiple small paved
    and dirt roads winding through the back country of Sequoia National Forest headed toward Yosemite National
    Park.These include Sugarloaf Rd, Italian Bar Rd, Mammoth Rd and others. This takes us over and by Redinger
    Lake and in places gives awesome views of the high country and peaceful meadows.

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    This will eventually drop us off onto the 41 and from there its onto Yosemite Valley.

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    Of course Yosemite Valley is not a rush job I'm sure we'll want to soak it in and take our time before existing and taking the route
    over the Sierras to the eastern side.

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    Once we decide to head out we'll start heading east on the 120 over the mountains through Tioga pass and enjoying completely awesome scenery!!

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    Once we are over Tiaoga Pass to the other side we'll head north a bit and head out on a dirt loop near Monolake to explore Bodie ghost town.
    Bodie was a mining town that boomed in the 1880s and was finally abandoned after a fire in the 1930's. Its now a state park.

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    After Bodie we head south to Mono Lake and onto the 395 taking the June Lake loop.It looks tiney on the map but its a 16
    mile scenic loop that eventually drops us back onto the 395.

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    Back on the 395 we head south again until we turn off to Devils Post Pile National Monument.

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    Then south through Bishop on the 395 in the longest stretch of hard top on the route all the way to Pearsonville to fill up
    and head west back up into the hills and an interesting twisty mountain road called Nine Mile Rd that takes us from the
    desert floor up through Joshua trees, Pinyons and finally Jeffery Pines. We turn off here back on dirt taking a route
    called the Chimney Peak Bypass. This heads through the mountains toward Lake Isabella. ,

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    The Chimney peak Bypass connects with the 178 and heads into Lake Isebella. After Lake Isebella we head south
    through Bodfish and then turn back to dirt on Piute Mountain Rd. This is about a 25 mile section of dirt heading
    through the foot hills and high desert of Pinyon Pine.

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    We finish on the 58 slabbing back to Bakersfield shake hands and head our different directions.


    We'll camping all the way no hotels etc. The idea is to make this fun and cheap with lots of interesting back dirt roads.
    I'm riding two up with my son so i'm not interested in extreme speed :D. For comms bring a FRS/GMRS compatible
    headset. If you don't have one Midland has a GMRS headset with a push to talk handle bar button for around 30 bucks.
    Connect it to a Midland radio which are real cheap and you have comms just route the wires and speakers behind your helmet pads
    My son and I will be using Midland BT Bluetooth headsets connected to an FRS/GMRS radio.

    You'll need spare tubs, tire change kit, tools, tent, cook stove, cookware, tent, sleeping bag, sleeping bag pad and what ever
    else you want to bring. Your invited if not a jerk can be a team rider and no drugs. I don't want my 11 year old around that.
    I don't expect a very large group for a week ride I'd be happy if just a few of use rode the route.

    If anyone's interested send me a PM. I'm open for suggestions on improving the route just post up what i may have missed.
    The route on Dualsportmaps.com starts in San Diego we're i'll be starting but for simplicity sake we can meet up in Bakersfield.

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  2. Afry

    Afry Why hike?

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    Sounds great, based on work demands I am in for most of it. We are very lucky to live this close to such good riding.
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  3. beechum1

    beechum1 Dandole Gas al Burro

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  4. roundtripping

    roundtripping Adventourist

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    Man, that's more pictures than usually end up in my ride reports and this ride is several months out! :lol3:1drink
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  5. Xcountry-Rider

    Xcountry-Rider Banned

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    Xcountry-Rider Banned

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  7. Roadracer_Al

    Roadracer_Al louder, louder, louder!

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    That looks like a hell of a nice route.
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  8. Xcountry-Rider

    Xcountry-Rider Banned

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    It was a lot of fun feel free to use the tracks.
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  9. Xcountry-Rider

    Xcountry-Rider Banned

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    The disabled the link at dropbox for excessive traffic for 3 days.
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  10. Xcountry-Rider

    Xcountry-Rider Banned

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  11. wrk2surf

    wrk2surf on the gas or brakes

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    You missed quite a bit of off roading between Redinger lake and the entrance to Yosemite look me up next loop!
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  12. Xcountry-Rider

    Xcountry-Rider Banned

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    We had some fun dirt heading into Yosemite on day 5. Day 4 was just to rushed at the end to add anymore dirt in that segment.
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  13. Xcountry-Rider

    Xcountry-Rider Banned

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    Full Download of Day 4.


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