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Old 05-06-2015, 09:44 PM   #1
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3/4 days from Joshua Tree, CA to SF - where to go?

Hey fellas -- I'm riding a wonderful ride I'll be purchasing from a fellow inmate from Joshua Tree (the town) to San Francisco and was thinking of taking a few days to go the long way round up by Mammoth Lakes, Mono, Tioga Pass, Yosemite, back to SF.

Got any route tips? Happy to camp if needed, and bike in question enjoys a bit of dirt quite fine. I've been to Mammoth Lakes backcountry before and Tioga Pass just opened. Was considering doing:

Joshua Tree - Mammoth Lakes (some campground? Maybe a cheap hostel in Mammoth)

Mammoth Lakes - loop around Mono to take some photos - easily go up over Tioga, into Yosemite Valley, stay the night

Then ride Yosemite to SF.

Tips and recommendations welcome!
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Old 05-06-2015, 09:47 PM   #2
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Old 05-06-2015, 11:10 PM   #3
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Old 05-07-2015, 12:05 AM   #4
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Old 05-07-2015, 12:20 AM   #5
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Great tips guys, thanks :)
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Old 05-15-2015, 07:02 AM   #6
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I'll throw out what I know to get you started and hope that others can add to it...

If you're interested in mostly dirt roads try leaving Joshua Tree and going through Yucca Valley up to the east side of Big Bear (Baldwin Lake) via Smarts Ranch Rd. Catch 3N16 there and take it west through the San Berdo Mtns. Once you get to Big Pine Flat Campground you can either head north to Victorville and the 395 or continue west in the Mountains past Silverwood Lake to I-15 and then go north over the Cajon Pass to 395.

If you want street then take 247 from Yucca Vly north to Barstow and then west to the 395 and up from there.

Don't forget to post photos and to describe your route. It would be good to hear what you liked and didn't like along the way.

Enjoy...
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Old 05-15-2015, 09:28 AM   #7
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Old 05-15-2015, 10:43 AM   #8
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If you're going to Yosemite, be sure to go up to Glacier Point. Best view in the entire national park.

I would suggest that you come out of Yosemite on Highway 41 rather than 120 then take Highway 49 to Coulterville and take Highway 132 out into the Central Valley. I prefer to bypass downtown Modesto by taking Hatch Rd and Paradise Rd a little to the south. I'll usually then take Corral Hollow across the hills into Livermore rather than I-580. Patterson Pass or Altamont Pass roads are other good alternatives.
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Old 05-15-2015, 10:31 PM   #9
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I would exit Yosemite via Hwy 140, and stay at the Yosemite Bug Hostel.

From there, take Hwy 49 as far north as time allows.

...or...take 140 to Merced, hwy 59 to 152, and over Pacheco Pass to the coast. Stay at Cameron's English Pub in Half Moon Bay.
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Old 05-15-2015, 11:58 PM   #10
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Just finished the trip but sadly all the passes closed and I had to make time to beat a big snowstorm. Will be back for more, though!
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