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Old 05-09-2021, 09:42 PM   #1
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Question Groveland, CA (Yosemite) to Zephyr Cove, NV

I will be traveling from Groveland, CA 20 miles west of Yosemite N.P. to Zephyr Cove, NV just outside South Lake Tahoe this coming Tuesday, 5/11/21. I have a 40' Holiday Rambler with a ISL 400 Cummins Diesel towing a 3800# toad. I am looking for recommendations on the easiest, least dramatic (i.e. avoiding "white knuckles" as much as possible) route to get there without having to go out of my way by going all the way back to Highway 99 up to Sacramento and then east on 50. I have been getting conflicting info from my Garmin 760 GPS, advice from locals I have talked to and my Rand McNally Truckers Atlas.

It looks like I have three options to consider:

#1 - Go west on Hwy 120 to Chinese Camp. Turn east on Hwy 108 out of Chinese Camp to Jamestown then heading north on 49 up towards Placerville. From there take Hwy 50 east into Tahoe (Garmin GPS suggested route).

#2 - Go west on Hwy 120 to Chinese Camp. Turn east on Hwy 108 out of Chinese Camp to Jamestown then heading north on 49 up to Jackson. Turn on Hwy 88 going Northeast through Kirkwood to 89 then into Tahoe (route recommended by locals).

#3 - Go west on Hwy 120 to Chinese Camp. Turn east on Hwy 108 out of Chinese Camp to Jamestown then heading north on 49 up to Angels Camp. At Angels Camp, turn on Hwy 4 heading Northeast towards Woodfords then heading back west on 88/89 into Tahoe. (Most of this route is designated as a truckers route by my atlas which I generally prefer over other highways).

Any recommendations/opinions/advice to assist in my dilemma would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance!
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You don't want 4 or 108.

49 to 88 is 160 mi.
49 to 50 is 163 mi.

Read about the roads in the 'Mountain Directory for Truckers and RVers'.
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I am looking for recommendations on the easiest, least dramatic (i.e. avoiding "white knuckles" as much as possible) route to get there without having to go out of my way by going all the way back to Highway 99 up to Sacramento and then east on 50.

Any recommendations/opinions/advice to assist in my dilemma would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance!
Based on your rig I would take the extra time (1hr) and drop down to 99. While 49 is doable to be sure but it is all two lane (one in each direction) winding and at times narrow. NO ONE behind you will be happy..... Turnouts and passing lanes are few and far in between. You will be happier taking the 99 to 50.

Just my 2 cents....

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I would take route #2
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As of this time Google maps shows Hy 4 closed. Might want to investigate that. IMO if the locals are telling you a certain route there is generally a reason and it would weigh heavily on my decision.
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As of this time Google maps shows Hy 4 closed. Might want to investigate that. IMO if the locals are telling you a certain route there is generally a reason and it would weigh heavily on my decision.
Keep in mind.... do the locals drive 40' RVs? A route in a car is altogether different.
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I will second my vote for choice #2. A big NO, NO, NO, on taking 4 in your RV. Don't even consider it.

Just my opinion, yours may vary. We live in Nevada and travel over most of those roads a lot and taking some of those roads suggested in a big RV is not recommended. Choice two is your best bet. 88 is very good and the cut off on 89 to Meyers and South Lake Tahoe is just fine.


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So which route did you take? We are north of Sacramento heading to Jamestown next week. I-5 or 99 to highway 4 . Curious how highway 4 is into Jamestown. We are a Monaco 43 ft towing a jeep.
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So which route did you take? We are north of Sacramento heading to Jamestown next week. I-5 or 99 to highway 4 . Curious how highway 4 is into Jamestown. We are a Monaco 43 ft towing a jeep.
I think RRR meant 4 (Ebbetts Pass); which is closed during winter and as flyinrob stated; "A big NO, NO, NO, on taking 4 in your RV. Don't even consider it."

4 from 99 to Copperopolis is ok if not closed but don't take Knights Ferry from there to 120/108. There is a steep switchback after the narrow bridge crossing Lake Tulloch. Google the map.

I've never been past Copperopolis to 49 so I can't advise on that.

Hopefully we will get a report back from RBlasich as to his adventure. Yours too! Let us know....


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