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Old 09-12-2014, 05:01 PM   #1
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Willits Ca. to Yosemite N.P.

I was wondering if I could get some feedback about a route my wife and I are planning on taking from Willits , Ca. to Yosemite N.P. We are planning on taking rt. 20 east to I-5 south to rt. 50 east to rt. 120 east. We are in a 36' Bounder pulling a Jeep. I was also wondering whether or not it is possible to travel through the park on rt. 20. We would like to pick-up rt. 395 on the other side of the park and head south to Joshua Tree N.P. Any cons or advice to this route would be greatly appreciated. Thanks to all in advance, Bruc.

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Old 09-14-2014, 10:38 AM   #2
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I was wondering the same thing about Yosemite to 395 Mono Lake. I will be going west thru Yosemite. Maybe someone will know and chime in.



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Old 09-14-2014, 11:19 AM   #3
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rt 50 East does not connect to rt 120 East. From Sacramento you need to either stay on I-5 South or take rt 50 to rt 199 South until you reach Manteca. At Manteca you can catch rt 120 East to Yosemite. Make sure you don't take the old Priest Grade road. There's lot of warning signs to make sure you don't cause it's extremely steep even for a car!!

You can drive rt 120 through Yosemite NP to rt 395 (Mono Lake, etc) BUT you'll need to be very careful. We did it about a year ago with a Winnebago Vista 26P towing a Jeep but the DW said we will NEVER do that again!!! Most of the road is narrow, with lots of sharp curves, and very few guard rails. Just take your time and you should be OK. I saw some big units coming across and they made it fine but many sections barely had enough space for 2 RVs traveling in different directions. It's OK ... just drive slow.

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I have done that drive several times (YNP east to 395 on 120) and enjoy it. My wife, not so much. You will climb to 10,000 feet to get through Tioga pass and the downside is steep and twisty, go slow. The views are spectacular.

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you have advice on the route,but if you go directly from 120 to 395 you will NOT see Yosemite Valley ( Half Dome- Glacier Point). You might consider parking the RV and driving the toad to the Valley...probably about 35-40 miles one way. The drive to 395 takes you thru Toulmne Meadows.
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One thing I don't think was mentioned that there will be very few places to stop on 120. There are a couple of areas where the parking along the road will let you stop a coach, but there's no guarantee that there won't be cars parked precisely in the right places that keep a big enough gap from existing.


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