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Old 07-27-2021, 02:17 PM   #1
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Redwood and Sequoia National Parks

Next September is our 50th wedding anniversary and we would like to visit California. The plan is to head straight from Indiana to north west California around Eureka and stay about a week. Then head south east to Sequoia and Yosemite. We are driving a 38' motorhome with a toad. What would be the best route? The news is constantly showing the crime occurring in that state, muggings, robbery, car jacking, and we are wondering if this should be a concern, or if that is more in the major metropolitan areas? Thank you for any advice.
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We did those parks last year. Visalia California is an OK staging area for Sequoia and Kings Canyon on night one. Find an RV Park near the National Parks for the rest. Do not plan on taking your Coach in. Anything over 22 feet cannot negotiate the turns while maintainng a lane. They would not let you pass the gate regardless. You can drive between the two parks without exiting. We started on the Kings Canyon side and had a picnic lunch near the General Sherman Tree and ended our day through Sequoia. There seemed to be more rv parks outside the Sequoia entrance. We just stayed put at the KOA in Visalia.

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if it were us i'd avoid metropolitan san francisco and los angeles (i know you're not planning to go there). we're currently in San Jose due to a death in the family and we've not seen or heard of any sort unbridled street crime wave that SF and LA are experiencing.

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Last year we base-camped near Dunlap, CA, State Highway 180. Good entrance to both Kings Canyon and Sequoia National Parks.

We stayed at Sequoia RV Park, 35671 HWY 180, Dunlap, CA 93621. Not a resort, but certainly adequate. The manager couple was super helpful. Easy trip from there back to Fresno for any shopping interests.
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I live and camp in California (and go to the Sierras several times a year). I'm not a big fan of what has become of California, but the crime coverage is greatly exaggerated.

Obviously, don't park your rig overnight in a big city in the back of a warehouse in a bad part of town. I think that is true of most big cities across the country.

But the campgrounds and RV parks are just fine -- no worries.

Back on topic -- I recommend Sequoia RV Ranch in Three Rivers -- take your toad up to the big trees. Spend the day wandering around Congress Grove -- you will love it.

If you have a few days, hike to Muir Grove, or Tokopah Falls. The falls will be a little diminished in September, especially in a dry year.
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One more thought -- in the northwestern portion of the state, don't miss Prairie Creek State Park. We usually stay at Kamp Klamath. It is very quiet, but it is not fancy at all -- kind of funky. Read the reviews before making a reservation. We like it, but not everyone does.
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Ancient Redwoods RV Park is in the heart of the Redwoods and a great place to explore the Redwoods from (in your car). This RV Park has full hookups and a souvenir museum / store. You can easily reach all of the major attractions from there. There is also a RV Park south of Garberville across the highway from the Benbow Inn. If you have time, a visit to the town of Ferndale is worth a day trip.

You can avoid San Francisco by cutting over on Hwy 37 south of Novato or I 580 in San Rafael. I wouldn't drive a large RV thru SF, but that is due to traffic.
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Next September is our 50th wedding anniversary and we would like to visit California. The plan is to head straight from Indiana to north west California around Eureka and stay about a week. Then head south east to Sequoia and Yosemite. We are driving a 38' motorhome with a toad. What would be the best route? The news is constantly showing the crime occurring in that state, muggings, robbery, car jacking, and we are wondering if this should be a concern, or if that is more in the major metropolitan areas? Thank you for any advice.
Congrats on your 50th. We're right behind you at 43 this year.

The crime in California, like everyplace else, is primarily in the big cities and then only in certain areas.

We've spent several summers in Klamath it's a beautiful area right in the Redwoods. You should also consider Ft Bragg, Mendocino area. If you're a fan of Murder She Wrote you'll love Mendocino as it's "Cabot Cove". The movie Same Time Next Year was filmed right down the road at the Heritage House Resort if you've seen it, it really shows how beautiful the area is.

If you're coming into Mendocino/Ft Bragg area I'd come in with the RV on 20. Highway 1 has some pretty hairy spots for a big RV. If you do get to the Ft Bragg area be sure to take the Skunk Train Rail Bikes. Not cheap but more than worth it. And they're electric so if you don't want to pedal you don't have to.



As for Sequoia. You cannot get into the park on 198 with your RV. The road is just too narrow and twisty. You've gotta come in on 180.

Now for Yosemite. We stay at Yosemite Lakes:



Be careful around Yosemite. You don't want to find yourself on Old Priest grade. RV's are prohibited but some have missed the sign.

https://www.dangerousroads.org/north...rade-road.html
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I have spent a fair bit of time near the Redwoods while one of my kids was at Humboldt State. Lots of great places and things to see in the area. We never camped in the area.
Avoid SF on 101 at all costs. Purely from the traffic point of view.
I have stayed at Yosemite Pines and that is close enough to the entrance to the park. I was happy with the site and facilities.
Near Sequoia on Highway 180 we have stayed at River Bend RV twice. Mostly because it is close to one of my kids.
In case of Yosemite and Sequoia/Kings I really prefer to stay in the Parks. We have stayed at Crane Flat in Yosemite and Princess, Stony Creek, and Dorst in Sequoia. I don't remember the drive in to Crane Flat on 120 that well but I was pulling a 20ft TT and I don't recall anything I was concerned with. I think the drive all the way to Lodgepole in Sequoia on 180 is pretty easy. As previously mentioned, don't go in or out the Sequoia entrance on 198 near three rivers with the RV. I think max length on that road is 22ft.
Sounds like a great trip. Have fun.
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The news is constantly showing the crime occurring in that state, muggings, robbery, car jacking, and we are wondering if this should be a concern, or if that is more in the major metropolitan areas?
I just looked at your Profile to see where you were coming from that you were concerned with crime rate.

It appears that your town has one of the highest based on population so I don't think you should be concerned.

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I just looked at your Profile to see where you were coming from that you were concerned with crime rate.

It appears that your town has one of the highest based on population so I don't think you should be concerned.

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One more tip -- there are two great redwood forests in northwestern California -- the one above Eureka (Prairie Creek) and the one south of Eureka (Humboldt Redwoods).

Ancient Redwoods RV park is in the Humboldt area. It is well kept and well run. Not a lot of shade, but that is not a big problem -- it usually does not get very warm there.

If you have bikes, both the Prairie Creek and Humboldt areas have great rides. In Prairie Creek, be sure to ride the Newton Drury Parkway. In Humboldt, you can ride Avenue of the Giants and also Mattole Road.
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