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Hwy 108
March 22, 2007 06:28PM
What is driving on 108 like? Is it like driving on 120 Tioga Rd? Better? Worse? Fast? Slow? I'm thinking of driving from Oakland to Death Valley in early April. I thought it might be more fun to go over 108 and down 395 on the Eastern side of the Sierras rather than drive all the way south on 5 and then come back up north. Not exactly a Yosemite question, but hey, maybe some Yosemite visitors would like to know about 108, too, especially in winter!

Which way would you go if you were me (a camper, hiker, backpacker, mountain & nature lover)?

Google maps says to take 120 to get to Bishop... we know that won't work in April because it will still be closed!



Post Edited (03-22-07 19:33)
avatar Re: Hwy 108
March 22, 2007 06:44PM
I'd say 108 is mostly better. But it does get narrow with sharp curves in the area of the pass.

>Google maps says to take 120 to get to Bishop... we know that won't
>work in April because it will still be closed!

That probably won't work with 108 either.

Re: Hwy 108
March 22, 2007 06:49PM
Really? I must have mistakenly thought it was open all winter. ewps.

I should have looked it up on Wikipedia!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sonora_Pass



Post Edited (03-22-07 19:57)
Re: Hwy 108
March 22, 2007 10:48PM
This is the current condition of SR 108


SR 108
[CENTRAL CALIFORNIA & SIERRA NEVADA]
IS CLOSED FROM 7.2 MI EAST OF STRAWBERRY (TUOLUMNE CO) TO 5.3 MI WEST OF
THE JCT OF US 395 (MONO CO) /SONORA PASS/ - WINTER CLOSURE - MOTORISTS ARE
ADVISED TO USE AN ALTERNATE ROUTE



You can check all CA mountain routes at this link.

http://www.dot.ca.gov/hq/roadinfo/mtnhwys.htm





Bill
avatar Re: Hwy 108
March 22, 2007 11:41PM
You can also get a quick look at Yosemite related highways here:

http://yosemitenews.info/highway-status/

avatar Re: Hwy 108
March 22, 2007 07:30PM
letterknit,

Highway 108 is a great scenic road (goes over the Sonora Pass) however it may not be open any sooner than Highway 120. Highway 88 is another route that is somewhat scenic but may have some slow spots due to maintenance. It's plowed during the winter.





Old Dude
Re: Hwy 108
March 23, 2007 10:10AM
Thanks for all the great resources smiling smiley
Re: Hwy 108
March 23, 2007 02:14PM
Hwy 108 is a great road. Since it's closer to where I live than Yosemite I go up there often during the summer. I doubt it will be open until sometime in May though. Especially with the late season storms that keep coming through.

Louis
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