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Apr 7th, 2003, 03:37 PM
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Traveling From Lake Tahoe To Yosemite Using CA-88

I have read in another post that CA-88 is very lovely and scenic. Does that mean a lot of driving through the mountains? If it does, does that mean that I could run into the same kind of problems weatherwise, that I would run into if Tioga Pass was open, We are going in two weeks.
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Apr 7th, 2003, 04:16 PM
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Don,

Tioga Pass stays closed for a really long time because it's the National Park Service that maintains the road, not CA Dept of Transportation.

NPS -HATES- Dealing with snow, so at the first 1/4 snowfall they close Tioga Pass and leave it closed for as long as possible. Also, Tioga Pass road has more avalanche potential. And tourists stop more. They usually don't open it until June.

Highway 88 is definitely a mountain road. It's twisty, it goes through the trees.

So does Highway 50.

Basically S. Lake Tahoe is up in the Sierras. You have to take one of those roads to get down the western slope of the Sierras. Then you drop south, and drive back up into the mountains.
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Apr 7th, 2003, 09:08 PM
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I like CA-88 better than the other Tahoe roads; less traffic and more scenic. The one drawback is that it is higher altitude; if it's snowing, you may need chains for many more miles (unlikely but possible in late April).
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Apr 8th, 2003, 06:54 AM
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Tioga Pass (Hwy120), Ebbetts Pass (Hwy4) and Sonora Pass (Hwy 108) all get closed for the winter.

Hwy 50 and Hwy 88 (Carson Pass) are open during the winter unless they are closed during a snow storm. Hwy 88 is a windy mountain road but a beautiful one. There is a lake near the summit and there is a good chance it will still be frozen over at this time of the year.

It is still possible to get enough snow to close the roads at this time of the year but usually it's just for a day at that. Watch the weather before you drive up there. Take chains if they are predicting snow.

BTW, we were just up on Ebbetts pass riding snowmobiles on Hwy 4. What a blast! They are suppose to start snow removal this week.

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