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Old 01-20-2013, 04:31 PM   #1
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Sojourn to see giant sequoias and bristlecone pines… need route advice.

Hello all,

I’ve always wanted to see the giant sequoias and bristlecone pines. I have a two-week window of time, beginning about the second week of May, to ride out from Texas and do just that. Where I’m hoping to get some advice is coming up with an efficient route once I reach California as it seems each species is on opposite sides of the Sierras. I suspect I’ll ride west on Interstate 10 as I’d also like to visit Saguaro, Sonoran Desert, and Joshua Tree National Parks (and they seem like good stops to camp as well). I’m on a road-bike, if that comes to bear on a suggested route. Thanks in advance for any advice or insight.
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Old 01-20-2013, 04:41 PM   #2
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That's too early in the year to see bristlecone, Sequoia NP will be borderline for the upper elevations.
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Old 01-20-2013, 06:32 PM   #3
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Armstrong Redwoods Preserve is close to Healdsburg CA. It is not far north of San Franciscoin Sonoma County. I don't know if this helps your or not. Its a nice place.
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Lower deserts and High Sierra are mutually exclusive in spring, Desert too hot after May 1, snow is not gone until June.

Both can be done if fall (Sept) if there is not an early snow.
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Old 01-21-2013, 09:32 AM   #5
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Lower deserts and High Sierra are mutually exclusive in spring, Desert too hot after May 1, snow is not gone until June.

Both can be done if fall (Sept) if there is not an early snow.
Darn; that's what I was afraid of, not a compatible combination for mid-May (when I have the time off).
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Old 01-28-2013, 04:00 PM   #6
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change-o-plan

Now setting my sghts on seeing great basin bristlecone pines at Bryce Canyon National Park about the third week of May. This works out nicely because, amongst the things I would like to see in addition to really big trees are the Petrified Forest, meteor crater near Winslow, and other sites in southern Utah. Ride Reports and Day Trips are rich with threads covering all of the above, but feel free to offer suggestions for places to camp, eat, routes, and stuff not to be missed. Thanks!
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Old 01-28-2013, 04:12 PM   #7
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You could ride as far as Fresno and rent a car to see Sequoia NP. It's well worth the trip. My wife and I were married there, and we try to get back every year or two.
Feel free to PM me for suggestions on things to see if you only have a day or two.
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Old 01-28-2013, 05:20 PM   #8
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You could ride as far as Fresno and rent a car to see Sequoia NP. It's well worth the trip. My wife and I were married there, and we try to get back every year or two.
Feel free to PM me for suggestions on things to see if you only have a day or two.
Thanks! Might take you up on that!
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