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Old 03-02-2015, 07:26 AM   #1
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Nacimiento-Ferguson Road

In early April we have a father-daughter trip planned down the PCH then over to Sequoia N.F. I'm flying into San Francisco and meeting Jen there.

Does anyone know if N-F road is currently open in April end to end? I understand that the military closes the east end of the road from time to time.

Thanks for any info.
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Old 03-02-2015, 08:14 AM   #2
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In early April we have a father-daughter trip planned down the PCH then over to Sequoia N.F. I'm flying into San Francisco and meeting Jen there.

Does anyone know if N-F road is currently open in April end to end? I understand that the military closes the east end of the road from time to time.

Thanks for any info.
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Old 03-02-2015, 08:29 AM   #3
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I have heard they close it occasionally for intensive training operations, but never actually heard of anyone experiencing that. The only thing I have heard was hunters having their weapons/license/tags checked to make sure they are legal. As long as you are 100% legal, you should have zero problems.

Worst case scenario; you have to go down to Hwy 46 to get across.

If you find you have extra time, you may even want to go down to the little Danish village of Solvang to check out the motorcycle museum.
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Proof of Insurance & ID Required

You probably already know but to go through the base you have to have your insurance, registration and of course drivers license.

There is a mission on base that is fun to check out if you are interested.

That's a great road - enjoy it.
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You probably already know but to go through the base you have to have your insurance, registration and of course drivers license.

There is a mission on base that is fun to check out if you are interested.

That's a great road - enjoy it.

Uhm...no, the base is not on the road any more. No gates, no guards, no checking in. If there is a convoy on the road it could hold you up but not likely either.
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Old 03-02-2015, 11:09 AM   #6
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Hey, thanks everyone for the info so far.

After the N-F road, the next day we are headed to Sequoia N. F. and the Generals Highway. Any words of wisdom? We will get an early start into the N.F.

Looking forward to getting out of the frozen New England area.
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Hey, thanks everyone for the info so far.

After the N-F road, the next day we are headed to Sequoia N. F. and the Generals Highway. Any words of wisdom? We will get an early start into the N.F.

Looking forward to getting out of the frozen New England area.
Make reservations for camping - the campgrounds fill up. Kings Canyon is the exception - doesn't' get nearly the traffic.

Lodgepole is pretty nice, and the hike to Tocopah Falls is worth it.
Mineral King is worth it, very scenic. Stop for Pie at the general store.
Mountain Home State Forest is an undiscovered jewel. Be sure to see Hidden Falls. Lots of camping up there.

Lots of twisty roads up there - road-bikers paradise.
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Thanks but this is a motel and Air-bnb trip which we have already booked.
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Staying in Paso Robles after N-F?

Is your daughter of drinking age? Paso Robles has a brewery called Firestone, that has good beer and food. It is a couple miles from the nearest lodging, though, so would be a taxi ride if you are both drinking.

Hwy 46 has become a winery corridor too, and there may be some sort of wine tasting tour if that's your thing.

If you are staying in down town, there are all sorts of good places to eat around the city park.
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We went through about a month ago, there was no one at the guard station.

Mission San Antonio is indeed worth stopping at and is only about a 1/2 mile off of the main road..
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Having lunch in Paso Robles (suggestions?) then riding over to Woodlake for the night.

Yeah, Jen is in her late 20's
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Having lunch in Paso Robles (suggestions?) then riding over to Woodlake for the night.

Yeah, Jen is in her late 20's
Firestone has good enough food that it is a good lunch spot even if you don't have beer. Calamari, fish tacos, beer battered fish n chips, ribs, brisket, etc. It is about 1.5 miles south of downtown, on the east side of 101. I like brew pubs, though.

There is also sushi, thai, mex, italian, chinese, and a Cool Hand Luke's. Its a college town, so the bad ones go out of business fast.
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Thanks again folks- 5 weeks more and we'll be there.

Have our bikes reserved at Dubbelju.
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Make reservations for camping - the campgrounds fill up. Kings Canyon is the exception - doesn't' get nearly the traffic.

Lodgepole is pretty nice, and the hike to Tocopah Falls is worth it.
Mineral King is worth it, very scenic. Stop for Pie at the general store.
Mountain Home State Forest is an undiscovered jewel. Be sure to see Hidden Falls. Lots of camping up there.

Lots of twisty roads up there - road-bikers paradise.
Ahh, Mineral King! My wife and I loved our trip there!!



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I have heard they close it occasionally for intensive training operations, but never actually heard of anyone experiencing that. The only thing I have heard was hunters having their weapons/license/tags checked to make sure they are legal. As long as you are 100% legal, you should have zero problems.

Worst case scenario; you have to go down to Hwy 46 to get across.

If you find you have extra time, you may even want to go down to the little Danish village of Solvang to check out the motorcycle museum.
Yes, highway 46 would be more of a worst case scenario, I can route you much better ways from the 101 to the valley... And apparently I need to take High Country Herb for a ride to show him the way.

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Make reservations for camping - the campgrounds fill up. Kings Canyon is the exception - doesn't' get nearly the traffic.

Lodgepole is pretty nice, and the hike to Tocopah Falls is worth it.
Mineral King is worth it, very scenic. Stop for Pie at the general store.
Mountain Home State Forest is an undiscovered jewel. Be sure to see Hidden Falls. Lots of camping up there.

Lots of twisty roads up there - road-bikers paradise.
Tell you what, I'm in Visalia, and the Sequoias are our back yard, tell me what you're looking for, and I can offer up suggestions. Mineral King and Mt Home are subject to seasonal closures, and unlikely to be officially open in early April, but there are plenty of options.

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Having lunch in Paso Robles (suggestions?) then riding over to Woodlake for the night.

Yeah, Jen is in her late 20's
Woodlake? You must know some locals, why else would anyone stop in Woodlake?

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