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Old 02-26-2015, 06:53 PM   #1
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Conditions for 395 in March?

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We are taking a trip to Death Valley and Pahrump the second week of March. Would it be crazy to consider going over 50 and down 395?

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Old 02-26-2015, 06:59 PM   #2
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Hi,
We are taking a trip to Death Valley and Pahrump the second week of March. Would it be crazy to consider going over 50 and down 395?

Thanks,
Sue
I went over 88 and down 395 to just south of Mammoth over the New Years weekend and over Valentine's weekend, and I'll be doing it again next weekend, and it was totally clear and smooth sailing. 120 east of 395 is even open still. There's hardly any snow anywhere.




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Old 02-26-2015, 07:21 PM   #3
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You'll be fine. I just drove 395 from Carson City to Bridgeport. The roads were dry. Snow level is about 7000 ft. It might get frosty if any weather comes through between now and then, but right now there are no issues.
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Old 02-26-2015, 08:42 PM   #4
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Supposed to be snow at 5000 this weekend
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Old 02-27-2015, 07:52 AM   #5
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Unless there is a major storm you will be able to get over to NV if not on 50 then 80. If 395 south through Bridgeport is bad you can take 95 in NV all the way south to Beatty or cut back to 395 on 6 over to Bishop. Watch weather and road conditions.
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Old 02-27-2015, 07:56 AM   #6
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Old 02-27-2015, 06:24 PM   #7
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Thanks for the info everyone. We will watch the forecast and see how it looks just before we leave, probably on the 4th.
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Old 02-27-2015, 06:38 PM   #8
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The main thing about 395 is that it's WINDY. Can make for a miserable ride. I would suggest going down 95 to Beatty as others suggested.

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Old 03-08-2015, 07:28 PM   #9
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Well the weather looked good so yesterday we set out from Sonoma County, slabbed it up 50 then to 89, over Monitor pass and down 395. It was a little chilly at times but the road conditions were excellent and there was barely a breeze. Mano Lake was like glass. Good ride

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Old 03-09-2015, 10:06 AM   #10
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Yeah, I bet that was a good weekend for it. I got a sun burn down in Bakerfield.

Tioga wasn't open, was it? Did you come back the same way?
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Old 03-09-2015, 07:45 PM   #11
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Everyone has their favorites. But I avoid Tioga whenever possible. Just too many people for me. Sonora and Ebbetts are much better rides IMO. If you are going farther south, Kennedy Meadows-Springville-Three Rivers-Sequoia is a great East West crossing if you are doing a loop of the southern Sierras and the snow is not stopping you.

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Old 03-10-2015, 08:36 AM   #12
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Yeah, I live at the base of Sonora Pass, so I know exactly what you mean. Hwy 4 is my favorite, but all are good.

My friends ride sport bikes, and for them 3 hours is a long ride. Tioga would make sense logistically. Friday night they ride from Auburn to Sonora. Saturday morning we all ride into Yosemite and ride the free shuttle to all the tourist sights, then make it to Lee Vining to stay the night. Sunday we come back over Sonora and they ride home.

If the passes are closed (I think they will be), we'll leave Yosemite on Hwy 140 instead, and just come back to my house for whiskey and darts.
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Old 03-10-2015, 05:57 PM   #13
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Yeah, I bet that was a good weekend for it. I got a sun burn down in Bakerfield.

Tioga wasn't open, was it? Did you come back the same way?
The sign said Tioga was closed. We are still down "south" staying in Pahrump, NV and visiting Death Valley, this weekend is Taste of Dakar, unfortunately I have to be home for an exam at 8 am on Monday so I will be slabbing it back while my husband enjoys the riding...
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