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Old 07-29-2014, 09:59 PM   #1
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Mono Lake, Yosemite, San Rafael

Next Spring, making a trip out West. Probably will be in April. Plan on picking up 395 north in California near I40. Then at least to Mono Lake. My question, can I take 120 west from 395 thru Yosemite, then on towards the west after Yosemite. Want to end up near Sausalito, do not want to drive MH in San Francisco. We will take the people ferry over to the wharves.

If I cannot take 120 from Mono Lake to Yosemite, then what is the route to take from 395 over the mountains to be able to get to the north San Francisco area?

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Yes you can take 120 from Mono lake to yosemite. It's a heck of a tough climb though. I belive it hits 9400 feet. It's tough in an rv be it a truck and trailer or motorhome. We just went over it in a 36 foot class A pulling a 4000 pound toad. It's a beautiful drive. It will take you at least 2 hours to get from Mono lake to yosemite valley.
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Old 07-30-2014, 12:04 AM   #3
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Hopefully 120 will be still closed due to snow. I say hopefully because we are having a bit of a problem with it not raining or snowing here anymore.

Your best route will be to continue up 395 to I80 and head west into California.

I don't recommend going over 120 unless you are comfortable with very steep, narrow roads and you know how to come down a mountain without burning out your brakes.
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Just drove this 3 days ago 12 mile climb from 395 to the Gate into Yosemite. Several RV's on the road slow but no problem. Going west the New Priest Grade out of Groveland makes the decent toward Sonora much safer. I would say your biggest problem could be road conditions that early in the year due to snow load. Cal Trans starts snow removal on Tioga Pass in mid April with the goal of being open by Memorial Day.
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In April, Hwy 120 could possibly still be closed for snow. We always take Hwy 50 down to Sacramento and the Bay area. It's all downhill but many RVers drive it. Just make sure to downshift and don't ride your brakes. You could also take I-80.
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Thanks everyone for the responses. I will make it to Mono Lake and look at the conditions then. If necessary, Yosemite another trip and will keep heading north.

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