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Old 03-03-2021, 01:10 PM   #1
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CA Nat'l Parks Trip Info

After a 1st year of FT being locked up in NM & TX we're finally planning our FIRST real road trip. The DW would like to go to CA Nat'l Parks. I've mapped out a route using GoodSam to take us through the following parks; Sequoia, Kings Canyon, Sierra, Yosemite, Stanislaus, Eldorado, Tahoe and Pyramid Lake. Is 395 from California City to Carson a good (easy drive) road? Should I be looking at a different route?

We plan to leave around April 1st come back to TX around Sep.1st. We then plan to head to Goshen for the fall rally.

From what I've read, we don't want to pull our 40' 3931FB through these parks. So we plan to camp outside and travel into each area. We have our Senior Passports to get into the parks. I'm also purchasing a generator so we aren't locked into campgrounds overnight.

Since this is our first trip (newbie), I'd like to hear from more seasoned folks. What am I overlooking and need to consider? Thanks
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Old 03-03-2021, 03:58 PM   #2
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I would be careful if you are leaving soon. I was in Sequoia and Kings Canyon in late May and they had 3 feet of NEW snow. Here is a web site for more CA info. https://www.fs.usda.gov/stanislaus/
Many/most of these parks roads are closed seasonally now.
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Here in California we do things differently. The state and federal parks make you get reservations online to camp. These become available on certain days and usually get taken in a matter of minutes to an hour of becoming available. Many parks like Yosemite limit the number of visitors and you must also make reservations well in advance to even enter the park much less get a camp site. Oh yes, when you do get in don't be surprised at the number os camp sites that never get occupied. People reserve them and then don't use them.
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Old 03-04-2021, 07:35 AM   #4
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You are right about camping outside most of these parks. In fact just driving a truck in some can be challenging due to crowds. Corona policies have caused limited access to some but that could change often. Yosemite has a good bus shuttle program so you can park outside and shuttle around.

Hwy 395 to Carson is good. We did it in November when we left CA for good. Enjoy the trip. Nice itinerary just be prepared for crowds and expect to see some of the best sights of God's creation.
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