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Old 06-14-2011, 11:53 PM   #1
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San Diego to Yosemite- one more time

Posted in May. Only route advised was 5 to 99 to 41. Seriously 5/405 around LA? Sounds crazy. I've seen the traffic on 5 (news channel) Any other suggestions like 15 to ??? I want to end up on the south end near 41. Thanks. <------ me on a mountain road.
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I did LA to Yosemite twice last year and drove on 405, 5, and 10 with a 40 footer and either a car trailer or a toad. Traffic was heavy but doable.

Back in 2003, I took the the I-15 route which is more out of the way. You can cut off I-15 and take 395 to 58 and then pick up 99 in Bakersfield. That will lead you to 41 in Fresno and up into the park.
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Old 06-15-2011, 11:14 AM   #3
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I take the I15 route suggested above. I always try to avoid the 5/405. from Chula Vista to Bakersfield is 275 miles. For me that's a good days drive and I overnight at the Orange Grove RV park off Edison road just east of Bakersfield onHwy 58. From Bakersfield to Hwy 41 is about 100 miles. I'm not sure how far from there to Oakhurst or into the Yosemite Valley.
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Depart early Sunday morning. Go up 5. should be much better traffic.
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Old 06-15-2011, 01:27 PM   #5
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Probably the best choice is the 15 to the 210 to the 5. Avoids the L.A. traffic nicely.
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Ditto on 'Automobilist' recommendation. Lived in California for 5 decades and that's how we went north out of LA. Early Sunday morning is also a great idea. Leave very early no matter what day.
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Posted in May. Only route advised was 5 to 99 to 41. Seriously 5/405 around LA? Sounds crazy. I've seen the traffic on 5 (news channel) Any other suggestions like 15 to ??? I want to end up on the south end near 41. Thanks. <------ me on a mountain road.
Take the 15 to the 210 to the 14&5 junction. Then 5 over the grapevine to 99. The 210 keeps you away from LA traffic. Just did the same trip.
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Probably the best choice is the 15 to the 210 to the 5. Avoids the L.A. traffic nicely.

You can also come up I-5 to 57, take it north to 210, and then west on 210 back to I-5. Right time of day, that's not too bad. Not my neighborhood, but have had to go down that way on business a few times recently, and did the reverse.
If you decide to go I-15 to 395 to 58, and want a stopover before Yosemite, and don't want the valley heat, try Indian Hill campground near Tehachapi, (it's at 5 K ft). For those in the east, it's finally warmed up on the west coast. Yesterday was the first day we've had over 72.
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Timing is the key. Leave SD between 9pm and 1am and the 5/405 is fine. Stop off in Castaic for a little rest and the rest is gravy. Camping World is near Castaic, the parking lot is large. Also WalMart is next door. Pico Canyon/Lyons exit.
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5/605/210/5 works also.
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Thank you for all the replies. Your suggestions are greatly appreciated. We will probably take the 15/393/58/99/41 route. Leaving Sunday or very early doesn't work for us. We do plan on making it a 2 day trip, so appreciate the stopover ideas also.
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Probably the best choice is the 15 to the 210 to the 5. Avoids the L.A. traffic nicely.
The 210 is a nice way to avoid the worst of LA's traffic.
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