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Thread: Driving Directions to Yosemite in April

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    Eric Biggerstaff
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    Driving Directions to Yosemite in April

    Ok, need some advice.

    I am supposed to assist at a workshop in Yosemite at the end of April.

    Because of the amount stuff I need to take, driving is the best/only option for me to get there.

    I have driven from Denver to Yosemite many times, but always when Tioga Pass was open.

    What are my options for driving to Yosemite when the pass is closed?

    If it is too much of a pain I will decline and go another time.

    Thanks,
    Eric Biggerstaff

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    Re: Driving Directions to Yosemite in April

    You can go down through LV, down towards Barstow, up over Tehachapi to 99 and then up the Central Valley

    or

    80 to Sacramento, down the Central Vally on 99 towards Fresno and then into Yosemite

    as a slight alternate you could go 80 to Auburn (35 miles east of Sacramento) and down 49 to Yosemite

    or

    80 to Reno, down to South Lake Tahoe to 50, west to Placerville and down 49 to Yosemite


    steve simmons

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    Re: Driving Directions to Yosemite in April

    I simply can not resist, "Go west young man." Horace Greeley

    Grin

    Enjoy the trip! May you run out of film due to all the beautiful images you make. HA!
    When I grow up, I want to be a photographer.

    http://www.walterpcalahan.com/Photography/index.html

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    Eric Biggerstaff
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    Re: Driving Directions to Yosemite in April

    Thanks guys!

    Now, I just have to decide to go or not!
    Eric Biggerstaff

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    Jim Ewins
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    Re: Driving Directions to Yosemite in April

    With the crazy weather this year you may be in time for the spring flowers.

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    Eric Biggerstaff
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    Re: Driving Directions to Yosemite in April

    Jim,

    That would be nice! It has been many years since I was there in the spring ( I normally go in the fall so there are fewer people). Some flowers and running falls would be great!
    Eric Biggerstaff

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    Re: Driving Directions to Yosemite in April

    If the weather is nasty and snowing when you are enroute, I would suggest driving into the YNP Valley via 140 and NOT 41. I drove 41 into YNP for years from Oakhurst. Sketchy roads once you get inside the gate. YNP Roads and Trails crews are infamous for poorly plowed roads. Caltrans does a great job..right up to the gate at Fish Camp.

    140 is much safer. YOU might know how to drive in the snow, it's the other people on the road that gave my fits of rage. Snow is uncommon on 140 until you get up past El Portal.

    I once drove into YNP in late May, during a MONSTER snowstorm. Crazy. Every year is decidedly different.

    I think you attended alone of Alan's workshops several years back. I used the run that program....


    CH

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    Eric Biggerstaff
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    Re: Driving Directions to Yosemite in April

    Thanks Carols.

    I have attended a couple of Alan's workshops and on this occasion I am slated to assist in Ray McSavaney's workshop. Sara had taken over just prior to my coming out so I never had the chance to meet you, Perhaps one day I will have the opportunity.

    I was going to come in from the north but I have decided to come up from the south via Las Vegas to Bakersfield and 140. I drive in the snow a great deal, but you are correct, it is the others on the road I worry about. Also, the southern route cuts about 2 - 3 hours off my drive.

    Now, I am only hoping enough people sign up for the workshop so it isn't cancelled!

    Thanks again.
    Eric Biggerstaff

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    Re: Driving Directions to Yosemite in April

    I may have spoken to you on the phone in 2004 before I was activated.

    I might just pop on by this April and visit the Gallery during Ray workshop. I saw Ray at one of John Sexton's lectures at the Bowers Museum last year. Ray is awesome to work with.

    CH

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    Eric Biggerstaff
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    Re: Driving Directions to Yosemite in April

    Great! Happy to know you are back from Iraq!
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