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Old 06-26-2013, 06:34 PM   #1
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California HWY 180 Fresno to Sequoia

Planning a camp trip up Hwy 180 from southern Calif. to Sequoia, how steep are the grades? Is there a better route? Hwy 198 looks way to twisty while pulling a toad.

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You can use Google Earth to see the elevation of a route. Just enter the start and end point then request directions. Once you have the route you can right click on it to request elevation profile.
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180 is the only way in. We have travelled the road many times in a car. It will be a long pull from the valley but doable.
198 has length restrictions. Take a drive by car and you will know why.

From the park website:
NEW! Vehicles Entering/Exiting Sequoia National Park via Generals Highway (the Main Road through the Parks) and Hwy 198

Vehicles longer than the recommendations listed below will likely cross the double yellow line. Drivers will be held responsible for any hazardous conditions caused by their actions. Follow the recommendations below for your safety and the safety of others:

Vehicles longer than 22 feet (6.7056 meters) are not advised between Potwisha Campground and the Giant Forest Museum in Sequoia National Park.
Vehicles longer than 24 feet (7.3152 meters) are not advised between the Foothills Visitor Center and Potwisha Campground in Sequoia National Park.
The section of the Generals Highway leading to and from the "Big Trees" in Giant Forest was built from 1921-1926. As a result, the road was not constructed to accommodate longer vehicles.

Travel safe and enjoy the parks-Kings and Sequoia!
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Old 06-30-2013, 08:47 PM   #4
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Hwy 180 into Sequoia

It's a good road. It's a steady climb all the way from the valley but nothing overly steep. Lots of turns but nothing really tight, absolutely the better choice over 198. I don't remember many passing lanes so the hurried up tourist crowd will ride your donkey until the next pullout. From the gate it's roughly 30 miles to Kings Cyn and THAT stretch of road will require full attention. Or if you go the Generals Hwy it's 30 miles to Lodgepole and that road is pretty easy on the nerves. Just past that is Giant Forest and that is about as far as you'll wanna take a big rig before the twisty part of 198 begins.Kel
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