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Old 07-31-2016, 10:49 PM   #21
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Jakie-boy hope you find this informative.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_o...s_by_elevation
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Old 07-31-2016, 11:05 PM   #22
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Great stuff mike.t Many thanks. Our planet is still evolving. We'll be camping near Mt. Whitney in a couple of days, but I doubt my eyesight will be able to detect the change in elevation compared to 40 years ago!!
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Old 07-31-2016, 11:14 PM   #23
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Glad you like it. May give you a (I think we would enjoy going there)
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We've been travelling 395 along the Eastern Sierra's for more than 40 years, and we have always enjoyed seeing new places and meeting new people who also appreciate the area. We'll be in Mammoth Lakes for a few days before climbing over Tioga Pass into Yosemite and then on to Monterey. The drive across Tioga is something every one should experience, especially in late Spring once the road is clear of snowfall. Summer of 1986, we drove across from Mammoth to Yosemite Valley and passed through thirty foot high "tunnels" that were carved out of the avalanches that had crossed the road the previous winter. Unbelievable!! There were spots where the road clearance crews had to saw through 4-foot diameter tree trunks that had been brought down by the avalanches in order to open the highway.
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Old 08-01-2016, 03:27 PM   #25
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Many thanks to all! This is becoming very helpful to us and others

A quick question: we love star gazing, so we want to go at the end of either September or October when there is no moon. When is a better time in terms of weather? Is there going to be some color near end of October? What's the chance of snow then?
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Old 08-02-2016, 11:23 AM   #26
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We've been travelling 395 along the Eastern Sierra's for more than 40 years, and we have always enjoyed seeing new places and meeting new people who also appreciate the area. We'll be in Mammoth Lakes for a few days before climbing over Tioga Pass into Yosemite and then on to Monterey. The drive across Tioga is something every one should experience, especially in late Spring once the road is clear of snowfall. Summer of 1986, we drove across from Mammoth to Yosemite Valley and passed through thirty foot high "tunnels" that were carved out of the avalanches that had crossed the road the previous winter. Unbelievable!! There were spots where the road clearance crews had to saw through 4-foot diameter tree trunks that had been brought down by the avalanches in order to open the highway.
Never crossed there. How is it for a large rig??? We are about 24 feet bumper to ball on the Ford plus 30 feet ball to bumper on the TH.
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Tioga Pass is ok for RV's, you will to be in need low gear. Your only problem should be; if you are afraid of heights, don't look down! The drive is scarier when you are traveling downhill on the outside lane. It is an amazing and beautiful Pass though.
The evenings are always great for star gazing;, very dark and clear any month. There is still Fall color in late Oct. The leaves turn first up in the highest elevations in Sept. and then slowly work their way down lower. Along HWY 395 it's spectacular usually until Thanksgiving with the Cottonwoods and Aspens giving a brilliant display. Snow- you never know? I've seen it mid Sept. But, fortunately the days are still warm and any dusting would quickly melt. There is a big difference of 35-45 degrees between day and night temps, so you need to bring warm evening clothing. The summer crowds are gone and ski season hasn't arrived yet- Fall is the best time to travel Hwy 395!!
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Tioga Pass is ok for RV's, you will to be in need low gear. Your only problem should be; if you are afraid of heights, don't look down! The drive is scarier when you are traveling downhill on the outside lane. It is an amazing and beautiful Pass though.
Been thinking about Tioga Pass for this trip. Likely coming from Mono Lake, and not planning to go down to Yosemite valley, should I camp at Tuolumne or have enough time to go back to Mono Lake?
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It's only about 11 miles from Lee Vining/ Mono Lake to the east Yosemite gate on the Tioga Pass. From there it's a short drive to Tuolomne meadows. IF you can get a reservation there I'd recommend staying there. If you are into photography; try to see Mono Lake at sunrise or sunset- awesome!! There is a nice large visitor center with trail off hwy 395/ Lee Vining. My favorite is the south side of lake, enter from hwy 120 east, a couple miles south of Tioga Pass off Hwy 395. If your hungry in Lee Vining; try Mono Cone; great shakes and burgers if they are still open for the season. The Mobil(gas) Mart at the base of the Pass is well known for their "gourmet" food with outdoor patio and live music; Thurs. and Sundays; in season.
For travelers to the Mammoth Lakes( 30 min. south of Tioga Pass) during the summer, there are music events/ festivals nearly every weekend; Blues, Jazz, classical, Rock(incl. good tribute bands), along with beer, wine tasting, food booths, etc....
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We are planning a trip from NC to Grand Canyon and on to Napa valley. Our biggest trip so far. I've mapped out the trip to Williams AZ, but need advise on the trip up to napa. Should I go I-5 or 99 to Napa?
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