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Old 05-03-2016, 07:04 AM   #1
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Yosemite 1st timer coming from East

Need some help! We have a 34 ft motor home with toad, and will be coming from the east on US 6 to Yosemite! That is the way Good Sams RV Club trip maker is taking us. Is there any do's and don'ts we need to be aware of? How are the roads and What campgrounds should we consider to stay in. We should be there around end of June or so. We would like to stay outside the park and drive toad into Yosemite Village.
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Old 05-03-2016, 07:35 AM   #2
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see my post about coarsegold in this thread yesterday.
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Route to Yosemite

US 6 ends/begins in Bishop, CA. There you will turn north to the town of Lee Vining. Mono Vista is a campground located there. From there you can access Yosemite via Tioga Pass.

Oh, and be sure to stop at the Whoa Nellie Deli on the road to Yosemite. Fabulous sandwiches!
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When are tough going? The passes are still closed right now so you would have to take 80 over the Mountain.
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Old 05-06-2016, 07:33 AM   #5
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Around end of June or so!
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I'm interested in this as well, we will be staying at Yosemite South/Coarsegold KOA in late June, and driving our toad into the park. We will be coming from the East on I-10 though, then taking 99 and 41 north, so we should miss most of the mountains (I think).
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YART bus from RV park

We have been to Yosemite twice and each time we stayed at and RV park that was on the YARTS bus route. YARTS picked us up at the RV park in the morning and dropped us off at the visitors center. About a 1 hour trip and only cost $10. The kids where free with each adult. In the afternoon the YARTS bus picked us up at the designated stops and dropped us off at the RV park. We even took our bikes with us on one of the trips.

YARTS

On one of the trips we saw cars being turned away do to lack of parking in Yosemite.

Might consider this route instead of driving into the park. Just my 2 cents
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oh yeah, i saw some of the YARTS stuff on the np website, good idea!

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We have been to Yosemite twice and each time we stayed at and RV park that was on the YARTS bus route. YARTS picked us up at the RV park in the morning and dropped us off at the visitors center. About a 1 hour trip and only cost $10. The kids where free with each adult. In the afternoon the YARTS bus picked us up at the designated stops and dropped us off at the RV park. We even took our bikes with us on one of the trips.

YARTS

On one of the trips we saw cars being turned away do to lack of parking in Yosemite.

Might consider this route instead of driving into the park. Just my 2 cents
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Old 05-06-2016, 03:12 PM   #9
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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).
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RT 6 is a fine road, 2 lane and it meanders around the numerous Nevada ranges but it is a good road. Tioga pass is steep with some pretty tight sections that are cut into the side of the mountain and it is a LONG way down. Some of these sections give me vertigo when I look over the edge.

Another option would be to take 50 from Eli to Carson City, then 580 to Reno and 80 over the mountains. 50 pretty much follows the pony express route and there are several historic markers and artifacts.

If you do take 6 I see no reason to drop down to Bishop, fuel at Tonopah and pick up 120 near Benton. June lake is beautiful, you need to get reservations early tho. If you are a John Wayne fan Hot Creek Geological Site is where they filmed the dugout confrontation in the original True Grit. This is near the Mammoth Yosemite airport.

You could do a Yosemite day trip with your Toad from June Lake. Yosemite Valley is beautiful but way too crowded. The scenery is stunning all the way up Tioga pass and on top of the mountain just a few miles from June Lake.
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Highly recommend...

Mono Vista RV park in Lee Vining is less than a mile to 120 that leads into the park's east gate...beautiful drive. We stayed 5 days - would have stayed longer, but our site was reserved. The park is very nice and well maintained and IIRC, reasonably priced.
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Thanks so much.....Great information!!!!!!
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Ghost town of Bodie (Bodie State Historical Park)is a day trip from Lee Vining and a must see...raised the hair on the back of my neck - it's like they all just left for a vacation and never came back.
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My wife works in Yosemite, and I used to live in Ely, NV. US6 is a less traveled road. Make sure you keep your eye on the fuel tank gauge. I had a friend that did US6 in a motorscooter!
Remember, Tioga Pass is only open from Mid June until Mid November depending on the snowfall. The summit is 9998 feet. I'd check around June 5, to see if it is open yet. In early May there still was 12 feet of snow on the pass.
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