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Offline Moscowjohn

Best route Las Vegas to Folsom....
« on: October 08, 2018, 02:29:23 pm »
Hi. I’m at the tail end of my Johnny Cash themed coast to coast trip. I’m in Las Vegas...
suggestions welcome please for my best route to Folsom bearing in mind I have a loaded bike!
ThankS John.
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Offline jamawani

Re: Best route Las Vegas to Folsom....
« Reply #1 on: October 08, 2018, 03:37:23 pm »
Do you want to go via Yosemite - over Tioga Pass?

Offline Moscowjohn

Re: Best route Las Vegas to Folsom....
« Reply #2 on: October 08, 2018, 04:42:46 pm »
I don’t have a preference.... I’m looking for the most sensible route ..... I’m from the UK so have never been this west before...

Offline jamawani

Re: Best route Las Vegas to Folsom....
« Reply #3 on: October 08, 2018, 05:35:55 pm »
(My sensible may be your crazy - - her sensible may be my boring.)
But I've biked practically every paved road in Nevada.

US 95 north out of Vegas is really not a good choice.
When it gets down to 2 lanes the shoulder has rumble strips forcing you out into the highway.
And the highway has very heavy, very fast traffic.

I'd take Hwy 160 to Pahrump (busy) then Bob Ruud Hwy to Death Valley Jct.
Take Hwy 190 thru Death Valley N.P. and Hwy 136 to Lone Pine.
(You may need to consider evening/early a.m. riding in D.V.)
Continue north on US 395 to Lee Vining.

Hwy 120 heads west over Tioga Pass into Yosemite N.P.
(If you haven't been to Yosemite, you should.)
Tioga Pass usually closes for winter in late Oct/early Nov.

If open -
Consider a shuttle into Yosemite Valley from Crane Flat to save 3000 ft. of climbing.
Hwy 140 is way nicer than Hwy 120 - but means more miles.
Hwy 49 heads north thru gold country - fairly busy, usually with good shoulder.
North of Drytown take Latrobe Rd. to just south of Folsom.

If closed -
Continue on US 395 thru Markleeville on the east side of the Sierras.
Head west on Hwy 88 over Carson Pass - open year round.
Take Shake Ridge and Fiddletown Rds to Plymouth.
Connect up with Labrobe Rd into Folsom.

Offline Moscowjohn

Re: Best route Las Vegas to Folsom....
« Reply #4 on: October 08, 2018, 08:18:09 pm »
Big thanks for that... is it possible please to message me your phone number.... maybe to my Facebook page cashodyssey.... I’d really like to ask you a few more questions about the route...
Thanks. John.

Offline joyknights

Re: Best route Las Vegas to Folsom....
« Reply #5 on: October 08, 2018, 09:13:13 pm »
(My sensible may be your crazy - - her sensible may be my boring.)
But I've biked practically every paved road in Nevada.

US 95 north out of Vegas is really not a good choice.
When it gets down to 2 lanes the shoulder has rumble strips forcing you out into the highway.
And the highway has very heavy, very fast traffic.

I'd take Hwy 160 to Pahrump (busy) then Bob Ruud Hwy to Death Valley Jct.
Take Hwy 190 thru Death Valley N.P. and Hwy 136 to Lone Pine.
(You may need to consider evening/early a.m. riding in D.V.)
Continue north on US 395 to Lee Vining.

Hwy 120 heads west over Tioga Pass into Yosemite N.P.
(If you haven't been to Yosemite, you should.)
Tioga Pass usually closes for winter in late Oct/early Nov.

If open -
Consider a shuttle into Yosemite Valley from Crane Flat to save 3000 ft. of climbing.
Hwy 140 is way nicer than Hwy 120 - but means more miles.
Hwy 49 heads north thru gold country - fairly busy, usually with good shoulder.
North of Drytown take Latrobe Rd. to just south of Folsom.

If closed -
Continue on US 395 thru Markleeville on the east side of the Sierras.
Head west on Hwy 88 over Carson Pass - open year round.
Take Shake Ridge and Fiddletown Rds to Plymouth.
Connect up with Labrobe Rd into Folsom.

If I were you I will used this as my reference all the necessary details and pointers are in this content.

Offline jamawani

Re: Best route Las Vegas to Folsom....
« Reply #6 on: October 09, 2018, 10:13:27 am »
PPS -

North of Mammoth on US 395 make sure to take the June Lake Loop.
US 395 has stunning views of the Sierras as it follows the Owens Valley,
but it is a fairly big highway - - albeit with good shoulders.
By the time you get to June Lake, you will welcome the change.
Not to mention that this is the PERFECT time of year to do it.

Offline Nyimbo

Re: Best route Las Vegas to Folsom....
« Reply #7 on: October 11, 2018, 01:39:38 am »
I was there last week on a day ride.  Have a great ride out to Calif.