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Old 02-21-10, 05:18 PM   #1
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Sierra Cascades - roll call

So i'm hoping to make the Sierra Cascades trip my first long tour this summer. I thought I'd see if anyone else on here is planning to do the same.

My tentative plan is to head south to north from LA, perhaps around June. Because it's a new (ACA, at least) route, I was wondering if many were planning on riding it right away.

Any takers?

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Old 02-21-10, 07:15 PM   #2
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Seen this thread yet?

http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread...Cascades-Route
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Old 02-22-10, 12:55 AM   #3
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yes, but this is a roll call.

get it? roll.



and i put a map up there.
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Yes. My daughter and I have plans to go starting in San Diego and heading North in early June. The date and direction of travel are not yet set in stone though.

Also check out threads on CGOAB and AC forums.

Feel free to contact me either through my journal or by PM'ing me here.

A fair number of other folks have expressed interest, but I don't know of anyone else who has specifically said they were going this year for sure. That said I expect that once the maps are out more folks may commit. In any case I would think there will be other folks on the route.
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Old 02-22-10, 07:47 AM   #5
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Just looking at that route and knowing some of it..... Install climbing legs Some low gearing will help as well. This does look so tempting.
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I'm thinking about it as a means of getting most of the way to Banff by late June. I'd leave from San Diego in mid May, recognizing that I'll have to fight the weather and be lucky enough that the Tioga Pass will be open. Concerned also about Lassen and Crater Lake NP's.
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A lot to think about here, it seems.

Tioga Pass from Wikipedia:
The pass is subject to winter closure, due to high snowfall, normally from around the end of October until the end of May the following year, though these dates are subject to considerable variation. In heavy snow years, the road usually closes in early-October and could open as late as mid-July

I would venture to guess that this year's snowfall has been on the heavy side.

Do the ACA maps ever provide alternate routes in cases like this?
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Do the ACA maps ever provide alternate routes in cases like this?
Yes sometimes. I know they did for McKenzie Pass on the TA. These maps aren't out yet though so I have no idea in this case.
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I'm thinking about it as a means of getting most of the way to Banff by late June. I'd leave from San Diego in mid May, recognizing that I'll have to fight the weather and be lucky enough that the Tioga Pass will be open. Concerned also about Lassen and Crater Lake NP's.
If you do, I hope you keep a journal. The intel would be useful to me since I would be leaving later.
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This stupid route has me rethinking my Southern tier ride... Now since i'm recovering from my accident and delayed I was thinking how it would be very cool to leave my house... Start of the Pacific Coast route and ride down the Coast... Hook a left and then tour back up the Sierra Cascade route all the way home. Would end up approx 4000 miles and would eliminate the need to transport my bike home...

Oh so very tempting.... Wheels are now turning.
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hey, i've been thinking of doing this too...just waiting until the maps are finally available. also thinking of going south (LA) to North. would love to see/hear updates on this trip!
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Do the ACA maps ever provide alternate routes in cases like this?
There are three more passes north of Tioga Pass before you get to 50, which connects Sacramento to South Lake Tahoe. Sonora Pass is one, the others aren't coming to mind. If Tioga is closed, the others tend to be closed also. You can check the Caltrans website for closures, but Tioga tends to open first. 50 will be open, as will routes around 80 a little more to the north. There are no passes south of Yosemite until Kern River Canyon, which is the route you'll be using to get to Yosemite. If you want to check out the surrounding passes, look up the Markleeville Death Ride.
One aside. At the bottom of Tioga road as you enter Lee Vining, don't miss the Whoa Nelly Deli. It is in the Mobil Station. You can't miss it or the trapeze out front. The food is incredible and not what you would expect to find.
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CA Passes - open/close dates http://www.dot.ca.gov/hq/roadinfo/clsdlst.htm
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I'm also thinking about doing this route or a variation thereof. Starting in May and riding south to north.
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It looks as though Adventure Cycling has removed Sierra Cascades from their maps page. What could this mean?
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It looks as though Adventure Cycling has removed Sierra Cascades from their maps page. What could this mean?
Hopefully they are just juggling things around in preparation for the release of the maps. You can still get to the overview map at:
http://www.adventurecycling.org/rout...ascadesMap.pdf
There is still some general info at:
http://www.adventurecycling.org/rout...racascades.cfm

The maps are hopefully coming out before too long. Right now the page says "MAPS NOT AVAILABLE UNTIL MID-APRIL".
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