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Old 05-21-2013, 11:13 AM   #1
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How bad is CA HWY 120 east of CA HWY 49

We are thinking of visiting Yosemite on our way up north this summer, staying at Yosemite Ridge. The truckers guide description of the road is pretty scary. Does anyone have experience on this road? Are there any alternative routes?
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We've driven all the way over 120, from US 395 on the east to Groveland on the west, and back, twice. It is definitetly a white knuckle drive. The road is very skinny and very steep in places. We spent a lot of time with the passenger side wheels on the shoulder. That works OK going west, because there is a mountain to the right. It's a little more scary going east because the right side is a very steep drop off most of the way. It is a beautiful trip.

We are doing it again late June. I've found to just take it slow and keep to the right as far as possible. When you go by a shuttle bus or motor home, there is not enough room left for the mirrors in places. A friend that was a few cars behind us last year, lost her drivers mirror to a shuttle bus that was hugging the line.
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Old 05-21-2013, 08:21 PM   #3
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Lived near Yosemeite all my life. 120 is no place for a novice and/or a big rig. Go a little further south and come in from Fresno on 41, which is hazardous traffic wise, but much easier drive, but be advised, Yosemite Valley is a traffic NIGHTMARE from May to Oct. Stay outside the park in Oakhurst or even Coarsegold and use the toad, then take the tram around YV. If you go up and over Tioga Pass on the way out, there's traffic, tunnels, and the back side is steep and long into Lee Vining (395). Good road but no place for the squeamish or bad brakes. Once you get down to 395 it's all good. One more thing. Fuel is scarce in Yosemite. Wawona Lodge is about the only place to fuel up.
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Priest Grade on the way to Yosemite off 120 is bad enough in a regular vehicle - dangerous in a lengthy RV...

Of course, SOME folks PAY for wild rollercoaster rides...
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Thanks everyone, we've decided to may alternate plans.
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Smart. I was going to say "Y is just not worth the hassle, but didn't want to rain on your parade. It's really not worth the hassle. Other places like Glacier NP blow it away
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We haven't been to Yosemite for 40 years, we were hoping to fit it in this year, but since we are headed up to San francisco after for the America's cup, our in and out options are pretty limited.
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Been to YNP once since the Firefall ended. Just not the same. Went every year for most of my childhood, wonderful memories.
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