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Las Vegas to Sequoia and maybe Yosemite - need best route

Feb 2nd, 2011, 12:50 PM
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Las Vegas to Sequoia and maybe Yosemite - need best route

In mid-april I'll be traveling with my dad, my two boys (ages 9 & 6) in a travel trailer, come from Zion NP down to Las Vegas to drop my husband at the airport. We don't have any interest in staying in Vegas, maybe just to drive the strip once (we'll detatch our truck from the TT) and possibly to do the Hoover Dam tour. Any advice on a RV park near Vegas we could stay for the night? My husband will most likely be taking the redeye back east.

From Vegas we wanted to head to Sequoia NP. Can anyone recommend a route to go and a good place in Sequoia given that we'll have the TT? Looks like it's mostly Death Valley area we have to go through, isn't it? We are OK with finding an RV park outside the park and just doing a day trip in with our truck. We will be visiting Redwood later (which I did as a kid) but I've heard Sequoia is really amazing.

We also have Yosemite loosely on our list. While I'd hate to miss it, I wonder how worthwhile it will be given it will be around April 21-24 timeframe (also Easter weekend). I know it's early in the year and we can't drive through. Wondering if we'd be better off saving it for another trip and taking an extra day over on the coast instead (which is where we head next).

Thanks for any help you can offer!
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Feb 2nd, 2011, 01:10 PM
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You can't get to Sequoia from the east. You'll have to go around through Barstow, Bakersfield and up to Visalia. If you travel through Death Valley -- you'll still have to head south to Ridgecrest and across to B'field and north to Visalia.

IMO in April -- Yosemite is even more 'worth it' than Sequoia since the whole Valley will be open and accessible.
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Feb 2nd, 2011, 01:16 PM
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janisj, really? See, that's the advice I need (about Yosemite). Would I get my fill of seeing sequoias in Yosemite so maybe I should cross Sequoia NP off my list? If so, any suggested route from Vegas to Yosemite?
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Feb 2nd, 2011, 01:18 PM
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I wish Tioga Pass was open because I'd LOVE to see Mammoth Lakes, but alas, another time.
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Feb 2nd, 2011, 01:20 PM
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Behind (east side) of Buffalo Bill's Casino/hotel in Primm, Nevada. FREE parking for your rig. Well lit parking lot. Stay out of the front side. The boys might enjoy to roller coaster there. Continue South on I-15 and just past Barstow take Highway 58 over the Tehachipi Pass to Bakersfield.
Take Rt. 99 north to around Visalia for Sequoia or Fresno for Yosemite. There is no good way from Death Valley to Sequoia.
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Feb 2nd, 2011, 01:34 PM
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It's likely that the main road to the trees(Maripossa Grove) in Yosemite will be closed. But you could hike the road and still see it. I think it is 2 or 3 miles one way. It may be open, you just don't know. It opened the third week of May this past year(the week we were there). I think Yosemite Valley would probably be the highlight of your entire trip. I have been to 26 national parks and it is the best stretch of 7 miles that I have seen. Truly amazing. While the trees are fantastic in Yosemite, I liked Sequoia National Park better. I would rate The Redwoods above the Maripossa Grove as well. I don't know, but I bet you might be dealing with a lot of snow in Sequoia at that time as well.

I haven't done enough in Sequoia to give much advice, but of course, don't miss The General Sherman. If you can try and hike The Mist Trail in Yosemite. For the Redwoods, I like The James Irvine Trail that connect up to Fern Canyon and ends in Golds Bluff Beach. It is 4 miles one way. You can park at Ferns Beach and just hike that. Don't Miss Fern Canyon!! Another great hike is a short trail in Stout Grove. The Irvine trail starts out at Prairie Grove visitor center, where you are likely to see elk everywhere. We liked tidepooling in Patricks Point State Park, about 30 minutes before you get to The Redwoods.

You will most likely not be able to access Yosemite from the east either. That road will most likely not be open. It could be, but I think more likely it won't be.
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Feb 2nd, 2011, 01:39 PM
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Im jealous, sounds like you have a really awesome trip lined up. I hope you do know about the National Park Pass?
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Feb 2nd, 2011, 01:48 PM
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"You will most likely not be able to access Yosemite from the east either. That road will most likely not be open. It could be, but I think more likely it won't be."

No 'more likely' involved. It won't be open -- that is just about 100% certain. In the last 30 years it has opened in April only once -- and that wasn't until April 29.
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Feb 2nd, 2011, 02:01 PM
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well, nothing is 100% when it involves weather and I didn't look up the statistics.
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Feb 2nd, 2011, 05:15 PM
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Advice is all good. Tioga Pass, accessing Yosemite from LeVining (east side) probably won't be open in April. No access to Sequoia from the east, period. So follow the advice above to get over to Bakersfield. From Vegas to Bakersfield is about 4 to 5 hours on a good day (not Sunday afternoon, as all the Los Angelenos are returning from Vegas, and the 15 is a parking lot).
That time of year, I would pick Yosemite. Yes, you might miss the redwoods.
Go to Fresno, take the 41 through town to the south gate. After the gate, the road to the redwoods goes to the right, and yes it might be closed due to snow as mentioned above.
Good number of motels in Oakhurst, don't know about rv parking.
Don't know about camping in Yosemite Valley that early. Could be pretty wet if the snow runoff is heavy. The Merced River has been known to get a bit unruly and not worry too much about staying in it's banks. You can phone the park in advance and check on conditions.
But, the falls are at their absolute glory at that time, and spring has all the trees budding. It is a beautiful time of year up there, perhaps the most beautiful of all. And not crowded. Crowds don't show up for another month or so.
Good Luck.
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