Best way from Gilroy to Lee Vining this weekend

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Best way from Gilroy to Lee Vining this weekend

by cbcbd » Sun Dec 12, 2010 9:42 pm

From searching around it looks like the only open road to that side is rt 88, is this correct? Any other tricky local ways people might suggest to get over to that side?
We have a wedding on the west side and would really like to climb some ice post wedding :)

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Re: Best way from Gilroy to Lee Vining this weekend

by McCannster » Sun Dec 12, 2010 10:40 pm

Gilroy to Lee Vining: Take 152 over to 5, go north to either 88 or 50. 88 could take a while, 50 may be a little quicker, even though it's a little farther.

You could also go south on 5 to Hwy 58, thru Bakersfield, up into the desert, and go north on 395 to LV. Longer, but probably more scenic.

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Re: Best way from Gilroy to Lee Vining this weekend

by fedak » Sun Dec 12, 2010 11:22 pm

I'd do 50, but 88 or 50 should be similar trip durations. Long drive this time of year.

Looks to be raining/snowing on Friday, make sure you've got chains and/or 4WD.

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Re: Best way from Gilroy to Lee Vining this weekend

by rlshattuck » Mon Dec 13, 2010 12:12 am

Hey! if you google it you'll find that the quickest, shortest route is to take 120 through Yosemite and BINGO! you're there, easy as ice.

A few years ago I met two Berkeley Ph.D's who both recently moved from the east coast, seemed to have a lot of mountaineering experience and wanted to do Whitney. It was, I think, January.

Since they impressed me so much and seemed to have it all together, I decided to just let them do it all and I would show up, hop in the car, relax and get to whitney.

Of course they googled the directions and when we got underway at about 8 p.m. I decided that these guys knew what they were doing––THEY were frickin' PH.D's at Berkeley . . . they had hairy scary stories of climbing on the east coast . . .

So naturally they knew something, some highway across the sierra that I didn't––one that was plowed, perhaps and very close to Yosemite . . . well, we got up there, into the valley and things started to fall apart and suddenly they realized their mistake and I . . . well, I finally spoke up. (no, we never made that trip)

ANYWAY, Yes, you have a long drive from gilroy to Lee Vining via bakersfield. Drive safely.

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Re: Best way from Gilroy to Lee Vining this weekend

by Palisades79 » Mon Dec 13, 2010 4:26 pm

Wealthy climbers now fly from San Jose or SFO to Mammoth Airport which is only 30 miles from Lee Vining. You could hitch a ride on Hwy.395. Have a great climb !

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Re: Best way from Gilroy to Lee Vining this weekend

by rhyang » Mon Dec 13, 2010 4:33 pm

The usual route we take in the winter to Lee Vining from the south bay is 88 over Carson Pass. In times of heavy snow, 88 can close at the Carson Spur for avalanche control. 50 has been known to close for avy control too, but it has to be a pretty big dump.. when was the last time, 2006 ?
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