Sequoia, Kings Canyon NP

Discussion in 'GPS Tracks - West & PNW' started by AaronK, Oct 21, 2008.

  1. bilmunson

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    Monache Meadows is at the top of the Troy Meadows single track trail sydtem but accessable by jeep roads. It's a dead end.
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  2. toofast4uu

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    Okay..Bikes were shipped this morning...

    Still looking for advice and/or gps tracks to lead us north from Kernville, eventually ending up in Yosemite on 5/4.

    We have three days to travel from Kernville, so if you can recommend routes and lodging, all thoughts are welcomed..

    (As much dirt as possible, but if you've got good pavement-it's good to have a back up plan)

    Thanks again for looking..
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  3. Countdown

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    As I said above look at the PCQ tracks, ride report and tracks on AdvRider and tracks on GPSXchange.com

    Please respond if that is not what you are lookin for and I will provide more!
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  4. toofast4uu

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    Okay..I found some nice tracks in countdowns SMTS_NOV08 files....so I have the choice of going up the West side or the East side of the sierras...

    from what I saw, the West side uses slab and the East has some routes riding the ridges (Mazourka and Harkless), with alts down in the valleys...

    Are these all dirt? Viewing through google earth was awe-inspiring, and I lost my concentration for a bit...lol...

    So just to be sure, which is the most scenic? West or east?

    Thanks..
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  5. bilmunson

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    I've ridden all of Counts tracks from Ridgecrest to June Lake and some beyond that, it's intentionally maximum(95%~) dirt, with the necessary pavement to food/gas/motel stops.
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  6. Countdown

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    I have better roll chart for West side (Rt 3) but have not ridden it since GPS was invented.

    East side Rt 5 snow doesn't melt until late June.
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  7. toofast4uu

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    Damnit..I just finished plotting the route from Kernville to Olancha...:huh

    Is there going to be any way for us to go up the East side, the first week in May?
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  8. Countdown

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    Death Valley and the Sierras are mutually exclusive due to temperature.

    By May Death Valley is getting very hot and the only thing you can ride in the Sierras is up the valleys. Not the good single tracks. Tioga pass is lucky to open for Memorial day.

    Death valley season is late October to early April. Sierras is mid June until snow in November. May is not that good any where.

    You can do both in late October - November if you are lucky.

    It is not as bad as Colorado which has August and 11 months of snow.
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  9. toofast4uu

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    Why do I feel like i'm running in circles here? We'll be visiting the this area the first week in May...That's the bottom line...:thumb

    Someone's got to have a decent route suggestion that we can use to get North? Maybe we have no choice but to hit the pavement in sections?

    Maybe we have to shoot up West, or more East toward the NV border...

    April 28th we'll enter Death Valley, after Xploring DV for a couple days, we're free to head north-May1 through May7...the only thing set in stone are our flights home from San Francisco on May 8...

    Any suggestions? Routes? Tracks?:ear Places to eat?:dg
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  10. mcnut

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  11. toofast4uu

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    Great find Bruce!!! That exactly what I've been looking for....now to do some research on the elevations...
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  12. Countdown

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    I used the PCQ in my SMTS file so you can see it and other options. Still lots of snow in may on most dort portions of it.
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  13. mcnut

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    Snow and locked gates will be an issue depending on snowpack and weather. FYI check out this 2010 WARPRD thread and any past RR for WARPED as it is in the area of interest and always 3rd or 4th week of April.

    http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=529817

    If you have internet you should be able to read and see reports for this year before you arrive here. WARPED is always scheduled 2-3 weeks to early to allow good access because of snow IMO.

    I think you will need some luck and determination to do the PCQ route in early May. I wouldn't stress unless pavement is a deal breaker as all the paved roads in the area (HY178, 155 & 190) are impressively tight, twisty and scenic.

    I'm doing time in Bakersfield for now and semi retired. If you need any more info I may be able to help with a plan "B".

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  14. toofast4uu

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    So are you saying we should go for it?

    Patches of snow here and there don't worry me. But I'm concerned about traveling a road/trail for an hour, and hitting an unpassable section and losing an hour re-routing multiple times during the day.

    Am I overthinking this? or will we know pretty quickly when we need to turn around and re-route?

    Local knowledge is key here...I'm thinking that the pavement will be welcomed at this point of the trip...and if they are as twisty you mentioned, that's an added bonus...
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    I have the local knowledge and know the options but I don't know your group or how much time you can spend in the area. There are lower elevation options which can be good riding but I prefer not to spend time compiling tracks and route options if your group needs to make time. Even the pavement near Greenhorn Summit (Hy 155) can burn road time and miles without making many "as the cow flies" miles.

    PM me if you think the "local knowledge" will be useful. Most of the sit at home in front of the computer planning usually goes out the window on day one of such trips. Need to stay flexible.

    Bruce
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  16. jetmech1990

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    Is Sherman Pass Rd asphalt all the way from the 395 to it looks like the 190 on the map I have
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    Yes, definitely! And a heck of a route 395 to Porterville via California Hot Springs to the south or better yet via Springville to the north. Tank up on fuel and allow extra time as these roads are not good for making time on. Very little straight road! Some of the pavement up high on Sherman suffers from weather and old surface but not bad.

    Wonderful fall ride, but don't wait to long as winter comes early to the high country and the roads are closed.

    Bruce
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