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Old 09-11-2014, 08:50 PM   #1
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best route south through California

My wife and I are presently in Crescent City,California and would like to head south and ultimately end up on I-10 east out of San Bernardino to go to Joshua Tree National Park. We would like to travel avoiding as much heavy traffic as possible as well as enjoy some scenery if possible. We are traveling in a 36' motorhome pulling a jeep. Does anyone have any ideas on where we should turn off of rt.101 and head towards our destination that might fit what we are looking for? Any info. and advice would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance for your help,Bruc.
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Old 09-11-2014, 09:59 PM   #2
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We were just there in early August and we took the I-5 down to LA then across I-10 it wasn't too bad at all. Just make sure you don't hit LA during the rush hour as it is real bad then.
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Old 09-11-2014, 10:08 PM   #3
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395 is a nice slower paced route with some nice scenery also , unfortunately its on the " backside " of the state
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We've done this route often. If you want a more leisurely trip with excellent scenery, you could come down 101 to Novato and head east on 37 to I-80 toward Sacramento and pick up Hwy 50 to 395. Take 395 south to Victorville and east on 18/247 to Yucca Valley and Joshua Tree. Have a great trip!
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395 all the way. There's nothing unfortunate about the most dramatic mountain range in the US.

Plus hot springs, mountain towns, and great hiking the whole way.
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Check the weather forecast for Joshua Tree. It can be a tad toasty !!
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OR, ID, NV and AZ come to mind! That avoids CA altogether.
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If your desire is to drive down the coast on the 101, then we would recommend taking the 46 east out of Paso Robles to the 5 to the 138 east out of Gorman. That will take you around most of the traffic and freeway messes you are trying to avoid and it will drop you on the 15. Take the 15 south to the 215 to the 210 east to the 10 east out of San Bernadino. We live near Joshua Tree and take this route regularly both directions. It's a nice easy drive with good roads.
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Thanks for all the replies received. I was wondering if anyone could give me their opinion on traveling to Joshua Tree N.P. from Willits on this route. RT.101 to R.T.20 east to I-5 south to R.T. 50 west to R.T. 395 south to I-10 east. I thought of possibly going through Yosemite on R.T. 120 and then picking up R.T. 395 south, but I'm not sure if there would be a problem taking a 36' motorhome through the park. Any thoughts or advice? Thanks in advance for your help, Bruc.
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If you want a beautiful drive, and have the extra time, go South on the 101
(not the 1). This will take you partially along the coast, through coastal wine country, You could go through San Francisco, or take a long swing around. If you go through San Francisco, KOA Petaluma is a great stop. South of Santa Barbara you switch to the 23 and take it around to the 118, which becomes the 210. You miss the entire LA metropolitan area with this route. Even if you decide to come down the 5 or the 99, once over the Grapevine take the loop to the 210 Pasadena. Again this will take you along the outskirts of the city to the 15/215. There are many ways you can then pick up the 10. Even with the best planning, the 210, along with all the other "freeways" in the Los Angeles area can become totally impacted and "mud" slow.
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Thanks for all the replies received. I was wondering if anyone could give me their opinion on traveling to Joshua Tree N.P. from Willits on this route. RT.101 to R.T.20 east to I-5 south to R.T. 50 west to R.T. 395 south to I-10 east. I thought of possibly going through Yosemite on R.T. 120 and then picking up R.T. 395 south, but I'm not sure if there would be a problem taking a 36' motorhome through the park. Any thoughts or advice? Thanks in advance for your help, Bruc.
Route is fine. Be aware that 120 takes you over Tioga Pass. Yosemite Valley is 140. You will be happier seeing Yosemite Valley, which is what people are thinking of when they say Yosemite, in your Jeep than in a 37'er. Please note my next post.
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Most agree that the 'best' route from 101 is what you've identified. If you want to see Yosemite, consider this. We've stayed at Lake McClure, the fairgrounds in Mariposa and at The Lakes RV resort in Chowchilla & driven the dinghy to Yosemite. All of these are off 99 to varying degrees. From there take 99 to 58 to 395 to 15 to 215 to 210 to 10 to Joshua Tree. This is your very best bet for missing traffic and minimizing grades.
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One other consideration for Yosemite is the fires. Some part of the park has been burning most of the summer. Road closures thru the park are possible. If you decide to go that way, just stay current with road conditions.
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