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Ken Helwig
(kennyhel77) - MLife

Locale: Scotts Valley CA via San Jose, CA
Hey 120 Opening on 05/03/2012 15:51:58 MDT Print View

For those that live for backpacking in the Sierras...
Hwy 120 is opening this coming Monday

Charles P
(mediauras)

Locale: Terra
gentlemen, on 05/03/2012 15:55:47 MDT Print View

start your engines

Bob Gross
(--B.G.--) - F

Locale: Silicon Valley
Re: Hey 120 Opening on 05/03/2012 16:04:01 MDT Print View

Good Grief! This is early.

Keep in mind that the high country will still have some snow, and the meadows will be soggy.

--B.G.--

Ken Helwig
(kennyhel77) - MLife

Locale: Scotts Valley CA via San Jose, CA
Re: Re: Hey 120 Opening on 05/03/2012 18:52:53 MDT Print View

Yes tis true Bob, but hey, it's open!!!!!!!!!!!

(doing cartwheels!!!)

USA Duane Hall
(hikerduane) - F

Locale: Extreme northern Sierra Nevada
Hey 120 opening on 05/03/2012 20:19:47 MDT Print View

That means some Spring snow camping. Well, I'm saving money, so no trips down there yet.
Duane

Jason G
(JasonG) - F

Locale: iceberg lake
yosem on 05/03/2012 23:51:00 MDT Print View

I was up in Yosemite last weekend. we did a loop out of happy iles. snow level is at about 9000ft. still 2-4ft at 9500+.
Sunset camp meadow is still completely covered. lots of downed trees and soggy/wet trail higher up

Bob Gross
(--B.G.--) - F

Locale: Silicon Valley
Re: yosem on 05/04/2012 00:09:42 MDT Print View

"Sunset camp meadow"

Sunrise Camp?

--B.G.--

Jason G
(JasonG) - F

Locale: iceberg lake
yup on 05/04/2012 00:25:48 MDT Print View

^ yep

Bill Law
(williamlaw) - M

Locale: SF Bay Area
Re: Hey 120 Opening on 05/04/2012 10:51:31 MDT Print View

Great news...because that will leave fewer cars on 108 to slow me down.

I always regret going over 120, rather than taking 108. I'll bet the fastest route to Tioga pass from the bay area goes through Lee Vining. Plus, it goes past the Whoa Nellie Deli.

Ken Helwig
(kennyhel77) - MLife

Locale: Scotts Valley CA via San Jose, CA
Re: Re: Hey 120 Opening on 05/04/2012 11:33:20 MDT Print View

Bill shhhhhh don't give away the 108 secret!
The only bummer is it gets kinda slow towards the top.

Bob Gross
(--B.G.--) - F

Locale: Silicon Valley
Re: Hey 120 opening on 05/04/2012 12:01:40 MDT Print View

I've always found 120 to be quicker than 108. Maybe that is because I know where the Yosemite rangers on road patrol have their radar traps set up. Then 108 is OK until some long truck breaks down near the top.

--B.G.--

Bill Law
(williamlaw) - M

Locale: SF Bay Area
Re: Re: Hey 120 opening on 05/04/2012 12:34:21 MDT Print View

The rangers don't scare me nearly as much as the sight of the back end of a cruise-America rental rv going 30 mph with nowhere to pass between Groveland and Highway 395. why is it that those folks never think the "slower traffic use turnouts" signs are talking to them?

Ken Helwig
(kennyhel77) - MLife

Locale: Scotts Valley CA via San Jose, CA
Re: Re: Re: Hey 120 opening on 05/04/2012 14:43:57 MDT Print View

Bill +1

David Lutz
(davidlutz)

Locale: Bay Area
"Hey 120 Opening" on 05/04/2012 17:29:59 MDT Print View

Last year our group split at the 395/120 junction. We had to go over 108 to pick something up and the other group took 120.

We got to the Baskin-Robbins in Oakdale at exactly the same time. But 108 is more miles, I think.

Ken Helwig
(kennyhel77) - MLife

Locale: Scotts Valley CA via San Jose, CA
Re: "Hey 120 Opening" on 05/05/2012 07:25:04 MDT Print View

David, I think you are correct about 108 having more miles. I like the fact that it is less stressful. 120 can really be a pain sometimes. Speeders, RV's etc.

Erik Basil
(EBasil) - M

Locale: Atzlan
Great, but the treeeeees on 05/05/2012 07:38:11 MDT Print View

Great! One side of my trailheads are accessible.

But, the other side, down along the San Joaquin, is still nuked. Agnew Meadows to Reds Meadow has more than 10,000 trees down and all over the trails. Agnew Meadows campground may not even reopen by August. Seriously.