planning trip to california in september
Replies: 6 - Last Post: Mar 11, 2013 6:23 AM Last Post By: victalis
Mar 10, 2013 1:32 AM
planning trip to california in septemberHello,
From september 16 till oktober 3, we will visit the Usa for the third time (after Washington/Oregon/ northern California and Utah/Arizona). We arive in SF (from Brussels) around 3PM, pick up our rental car and leave for Sant Cruz. We like nature, scenery ( without the crowds), food, pubs, camping, wildlife etc. For the moment our itinerary looks like this:
16 SF-Santa Cruz (reservation Henry Cowell campground)
17 Whale watching, Point Lobos, sleeping Pfeiffer Big Sur (reservation ok)
18 Big Sur to Montana de oro
19 Montana de oro ( SLO farmers market)
20 Montana de oro to Sequioa/KC
23Sequioa/Kc - Yosimite (south)
24 Yosimite, sleeping Lee Vining area or Yosimite East?
25-29 Mammoth lakes area (Bodie, Bishop, Mono lake etc.)..... looking for a nice campground to relax (minaret falls, Near devil's postpile?)
30 Drive to SF ( Via Sonora?)
1, 2 SF ( second visit, staying with friends)
3 flight to Brussels
Does this make sense? Thanks
Mar 10, 2013 5:57 AM
1There is Soda Springs walk-in campground in Tuolumne Meadows (park car nearby). There are also more campgrounds further east near the Tioga Pass.
In Mammoth, you will need a permit to camp at Red's Meadow hot springs, along the John Muir Trail, close to Devil's Postpile. If you take the John Muir Trail north from there, beautiful scenery at the Minnarets at Thousand Islands Lake and Lake Ediza (especially). Ritter and Banner. You can camp in that area also.
From Giant Forest, Sequoia National Park, take the High Sierra Trail toward Mt. Whitney -- spectacular scenery. It is 75 miles over the top of Mt. Whitney down to the parking lot, so you do not need to go that distance. The trail intersects the John Muir Trail at Crabtree Meadows at the western base of Mt. Whitney. You will need a hiking permit for this also.
Mar 10, 2013 7:37 AM
2It seems like rather a lot of backtracking to go all the way along Hwy395 to Bishop, and then head back through Yosemite NP to San Francisco via Sonora. Can't you have an additional night in SF at the start, reducing Montana de Oro to one night (still seeing SLO market), and then after Hwy395 go across Death Valley NP, and depart from Las Vegas?
Would seem to make better use of your limited time.
Mar 10, 2013 7:50 AM
3Rather than going south to the Mammoth area, you could go north. Camp at Grover Hot Springs State Park. There really are hot springs to soak in. However, they do close for a while in September for maintenance, so you would have to be sure that they are open when you get there. You could stop by Bodie on the way. see map.
If the Hot Springs aren't open, there are many other campgrounds in the area.
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