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Old 07-26-2014, 10:25 PM   #1
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CA108 to CA120/Yosemite on Fire roads - Possible?

Just wanted to know if anyone has done CA108 to CA120/Yosemite on fire roads only. Is it possible?

I'm a complete dirt newb but wanted to take a real worthwhile trip before summer is out.

I'll be riding my Dad's (RIP) 82' Suzuki DR125. New knobbies, rebuilt carb, fresh oil and ready to come off of non-op. I figured if I stay on fire roads it should be pretty drama free.

I'm an experienced slabber who really needs to see how the other half lives! I'm also looking at dropping the dime on a decent adventure bike in the next year or so and this experience surely couldn't hurt.

Your Wisdom is appreciated!
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Old 07-26-2014, 11:23 PM   #2
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Pretty sure there is the issue might be what is actually open from last years fire season. Last time I was up on 120 near YNP, tons of land had been closed due to fire damage.
The Forest Road that I know of takes off from Forretti Rd just outside of Groveland. Think it is designated 1n10, but I have never ridden to 108, although pretty sure some folks here have
Hope that helps!
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Old 07-27-2014, 07:52 PM   #3
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If the 108 to 120 doesn't work out there are some nice routes between 4 and 108.
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Old 07-28-2014, 07:20 AM   #4
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I have ridden from Groveland (120) to Cherry Lake on Fire roads and then pavement to 108 in Sonora. Nice ride nothing difficult. I believe you ride fire roads from Cherry Lake to Long Barn if you map it out.
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Old 07-28-2014, 09:44 AM   #5
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It has been about a month since I've been up on Hwy 120, but the forest roads were still closed from last year's fire.

There is another fire burning in that area now, which prevents accessing Yosemite Valley from Hwy 120. Currently, you can still cross Tioga Pass, but you should check road conditions before you go.


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If the 108 to 120 doesn't work out there are some nice routes between 4 and 108.
I was going to suggest the same. If you wanted to extend that, you could cross one of the Sierra passes in combination with the ride through Hell's Half Acre. For example: go up Hwy 108 and make a left at the Beardsley Res. turn off, through Hell's Half Acre to Hwy 4. Go up and over Hwy 4 (Ebbett's Pass) and come back over Hwy 108.

There are also some good riding opportunities along the Hwy 4 corridor, such as the Slick Rock Trail at Lake Alpine, or the forest roads near Arnold.
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Old 07-28-2014, 12:13 PM   #6
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Thanks!

Those are all great ideas thanks for the advice. If anyone is interested in a noob ride when I go, just let me know. I'll keep ya in the loop.
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Old 07-28-2014, 12:35 PM   #7
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Those are all great ideas thanks for the advice. If anyone is interested in a noob ride when I go, just let me know. I'll keep ya in the loop.
Speaking of noob rides; have you seen this?

http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=988954
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Old 07-28-2014, 08:51 PM   #8
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Possable before the Rim Fire-I have done it.The area is supposed to be closed until the clean-up logging is done.
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Old 07-29-2014, 06:01 PM   #9
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[QUOTE=SilverFaux;24705887]Just wanted to know if anyone has done CA108 to CA120/Yosemite on fire roads only. Is it possible? /QUOTE]

That would be Route 3 of the Statewide Motorized Trail System which is the same as the Pacific Crest Quest.

GPS Tracks are available on http://www.gpsxchange.com/
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Old 07-29-2014, 06:20 PM   #10
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It is possible to do on fire roads. It is very unlikely that you can do it this year, because of a 250,000 acre fire has closed the roads until further notice.
http://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/stanis...telprdb5433438
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