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Old 05-09-2016, 02:52 PM   #15
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Originally Posted by PbdBlue View Post
One thing to be aware of if you come over Tioga into Yosemite Valley is that here are height restrictions heading into the valley due to 2 tunnels.

From the Yosemite website:

Big Oak Flat Road (Highway 120)
Maximum vehicle length: 45 feet for single vehicle.
Height restrictions: tunnels, into Yosemite Valley: 10 feet 3 inches; from Yosemite Valley, 13 feet 8 inches (the height of the tunnel at the white fogline is higher and full sized tour buses are able to drive through the tunnel while remaining in their lane).
Seasons: Open all year (chains may be required in winter).
Let me clarify this. We have tour buses going through all the tunnels in Yosemite all the time. At the big oak flat entrance, 120, there is an arch corner at the curb,of the tunnel that might be 13' 8". still plenty of room.
The biggest comment my DW hears? Wow! There are a lot of people here! The Valley gets full in the summer. Stay in the back country, go to Hetch Hetchy, and visit Wawona. The Mariposa Grove of the Giant Sequoias is closed for 18 months.

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Old 05-23-2016, 01:58 PM   #16
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I was near Monogram Lake last weekend and I noticed Tioga Pass is now open. We have had a snowy year and a cold spring, they must have worked hard to open it.

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Mono Lake, stupid spell check...
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Old 05-26-2016, 08:55 AM   #18
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Isn't there a big volcano under there?
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Old 06-02-2016, 10:15 AM   #19
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Isn't there a big volcano under there?
There must be...somewhere. We didn't see any evidence of one. But, some of the old stagecoach roads we traveled ENE of the park were pumice. Even the Jeep would bog down a little in the softer areas...otherwise, they could have been traveled in a pax car.

In the park...who knows?
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The area has a lot of calderas, one close to Mono Lake is only 300 years old. Long Valley Caldera is very close to Mono Lake. Google it, it is one of the largest calderas on earth.
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If you plan to do nothing else in California, I'd certainly stay in Lee Vining and do a day trip into Yosemite although if you're planning to tour days in Yosemite then driving this route every day would be too much for us. That is, IF the pass is open. Keep checking. It's a beautiful drive on 120. Taking Hwy 6 through Nevada is very easy to do. As stated, drive on the top half of your tank. It's no place to try and compare prices.

If staying in Lee Vining, definitely go to Bodie.

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