Southern Sierra Adventure Route first week in September 2012
This is a week long or so ride in the first week in September. Starting in Bakersfield
we start on back roads fairly quickly and start climbing up to the foot hills on Rancheria Rd to Alta Sierra.
We then head into Sequoia National Monument from there via the Portuguese Pass trail. Once in Sequoia National Monument after a stop at the trail of 100 Giants its back on dirt through the monument on Windy Gap Trail and Solo Peak road to Camp Nelson.
We take back dirt roads through the monument stopping at Camp Nelson and then back on dirt on Redwood Rd following to the 190 to fill up gas in Springville. We follow the 190 around the foot hills winding through oak woodlands and grassy hills and then picking up dirt again on Whitney Peak Rd. We follow this until we connect on the 198 at Lake Kaweah.
Filling up on gas at Three Rivers we head up to higher elevations enjoying the twisties through the Kaweah river valley on the 198 into Sequoia National Park. Not far after entering the park we'll stop at Crystal Cave for a little adventure.
We head through Sequoia National Park on the Generals highway until we get
to 40 mile Rd and cut off on dirt to Hume Lake. Now in Kings Canyon National
Park we follow 40 Mile Rd until we get to the 180.This is a scenic 21 mile
back loop getting us off main route into the back country of the park.
Only on the 180 for a few miles we turn off on Millwood Rd and get back on dirt.
We follow Millwood Rd for about 50 miles enjoying the back country.
Toward the end of this extended dirt track we'll come to McKinley Grove of the giant sequoia.
We get back on the hard top following Dinkey Creek Rd toward Shaver Lake.
We'll gas up at Shaver Lake and enjoy the scenery and replenish our food stocks.
After Shaver lake we follow the 168 turning off on to Acorn Rd. From here we'll be
taking multiple small paved and dirt roads winding through the back country of Sequoia
National Forest headed toward Yosemite National Park.These include Sugarloaf Rd, Italian
Bar Rd, Mammoth Rd and others. This takes us over and by Redinger Lake and in places
gives awesome views of the high country and peaceful meadows.
This will eventually drop us off onto the 41 and from there its onto Yosemite Valley.
My son and I will be using Midland BT2 Bluetooth headsets connected to an FRS/GMRS radio.
You'll need spare tubs, tire change kit, tools, tent, cook stove, cookware, tent, sleeping bag, sleeping bag pad and what everelse you want to bring.
Your invited if not a jerk can be a team rider and no drugs. I don't want my 11 year old around that.I don't expect a very large group for a week ride I'd be happy if just a few of use rode the route.
If anyone's interested send me a PM. I'm open for suggestions on improving the route just post up what i may have missed.The route on Dualsportmaps.com starts in San Diego we're I'll be starting but for simplicity sake we can
meet up in Bakersfield.
Map on Dualsportmaps.com
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