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walnut creek to pinecrest tour

Old 03-30-09, 02:50 PM
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walnut creek to pinecrest tour


my friend has a cabin up in pinecrest, and im trying to figure out the best bike route there. I usually drive 120 to 108, but my memory is that these roads are very busy and dangerous. So i'm looking at a 3-day trip, something like this:

day 1: wc to stockton via marsh creek rd and hwy 4
day 2: stockton to angel's city via hwy 4
day 3: angel's city to pinecrest via hwy 4 to parrot's ferry/big hill rd to 108

any thoughts, alternates? im especially curious about what hwy 4 is like up there around angel's city, and the roads connecting that to 108.
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That is a tough one. I've never toured around there but have been to Strawberry and Pinecrest (coming from Modesto) dozens of times for the last 25 years since my parents have a cabin there. I would go Rte 4 to Hwy 49 then take 49 to 108 near Sonora. 4 and 49 do not have nearly as much traffic as 108. From Sonora on, I would be extremely hesitant to take 108 to Pinecrest for the reasons you mentioned.

As an alternative to 4 and 49, you could buy county maps from Triple A of San Jouaquin, Stanislaus and Touloumne counties. Study them closely looking for country roads that parallel main roads. There are lots of smallish country roads that will let you bypass the main routes if you want. It will take some effort but I think would be a lot more safe. I don't know if you could this with GPS since I don't have one.

There is also probably a back route from Sonora to Twain Harte. After Twain Harte the elevation really starts to get tough. Twain Harte is only 20 miles or so from Pinecrest, maybe you could get your friend to pick you up there.
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