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post #1 of 20
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What Is the best route from SF to Mammoth?
post #2 of 20
If the passes are not open yet you really don't have too many choices.

option 1.

Your choice of routes to South tahoe, then 89 to 395 and 395 south to Mammoth.

Option 2.

88 past Kirkwood and 89 to 395. Then south to mammoth.

If the passes are open, Consider taking Hwy 4 or go through Yosemite and Tioga pass.

then south to Mammoth.
post #3 of 20
what about 80 to Reno and 395 south to Mammoth? Its longer, but you can drive faster. Carson City traffic is a problem too.

Is there any hotel on 395 that you can stay close to Mammoth but not in Mammoth? We are planning to drive there Friday after work, stay en route, ski in Mammoth Sat. and stay in Mammoth on Sat and Sun, drive home after Monday skiing.
post #4 of 20
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Originally Posted by jackwan1
what about 80 to Reno and 395 south to Mammoth? Its longer, but you can drive faster. Carson City traffic is a problem too.

Is there any hotel on 395 that you can stay close to Mammoth but not in Mammoth? We are planning to drive there Friday after work, stay en route, ski in Mammoth Sat. and stay in Mammoth on Sat and Sun, drive home after Monday skiing.
That would work but there are several very slow sections until you get out of the tahoe area. (25mph for several miles) so I don't think you would gain much as far as speed.

Actually the fastest route from SF on clear roads and no southern pass crossings is 580 east, 205 north, 5 north - 4 east - 99 north - 88 east - 89 east - 395 south to Mammoth.

If you are in the Richmond, Hercules, Benicia area, Hwy 4 out through Stockton is suprisingly quick as it avoids the 80 bay bridge corridor. Pick up the above route on 99.

There are several places to stay along the way Once you get on 395 there are several small towns along the way. Be sure you watch for the speed limit signs. These small towns often have speed limits that are pretty well enforced.

If you plan to break it up into 2 segments, you might consider driving to Reno and staying there, then heading down. Or driving to South Tahoe, staying in Stateline, (casinos) and then take Kingsbury grade or Carson route to 395.
post #5 of 20
Closer to Mammoth is June Mountain, Mono Lake, or Lee Vining. I don't know what hotels/motels you would find in those areas.
post #6 of 20
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Originally Posted by dchan
Actually the fastest route from SF on clear roads and no southern pass crossings is 580 east, 205 north, 5 north - 4 east - 99 north - 88 east - 89 east - 395 south to Mammoth.
I go that way all the time to Kirk. And I normally stay in Motel 6, Carson City for the night which is the southern most Carson City cheaper motel on 395 for the trip. Besides, that motel 6 is on the intersection of 50(the first motel after State Line) and 395 so I am thinking to take a break there for the Mammoth trip, which is 80-50-south tahoe-395-stay in motel 6,cc -Mammoth. Nevertheless, from CC to Mammoth is about 2 hours, you have to get up early to do that.

I am still considering taking 88 passing Kirk thance 395 to Mammoth, but that two way 88 is narrow and winding. If you caught slow traffic, its going to take long time.
post #7 of 20
Jackwan1, I have stayed at the motel in LeeVining.I believe that it is Murphey's motel.(760)647-6316.Pretty big place for the area and rooms for 1 $44-$88. There is also the Mono Inn Restaurant next door. Good food. Also Nicely's restaurant on the corner if The Mono Inn is closed. There is another smaller motel with an office that used to be a gas station, can't remember the name. If you don't want to go quite that far check out Bridgeport, AAA lists five motels there.
post #8 of 20
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Originally Posted by jackwan1
but that two way 88 is narrow and winding. If you caught slow traffic, its going to take long time.
Didn't say easiest and did say "clear roads". :

I may make a run for mammoth towards the end of May. We will see.

DC
post #9 of 20
Keep in mind that taking the SR 88 route, you still need to stay on 88 to Minden. SR 89 is closed over Monitor Pass beyond Markleeville. From the Bay Area, I still think 88 past Kirkwood is the fastest way over the Sierra.

I usually take US50 to Pioneer Trail past Heavenly, through S. Lake Tahoe, then over Kingsbury Grade SR 207 to Gardnerville. From there it is a straight shot down 395. We continue to have heavy snow in the Sierra and its anyone's guess when SR 4 or Tioga Pass SR120 will open. These are usually opened by Memorial Day, but I wouldn't bet on it this year. Chain controls on 88 again today with 2-feet of snow reported near Carson Pass.
post #10 of 20
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Originally Posted by dchan

I may make a run for mammoth towards the end of May. We will see.

DC
We are thinking to make the run on 5/27 eve and returning 5/30 after skiing. Do you want to car pool?
post #11 of 20
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Originally Posted by Cirquerider

I usually take US50 to Pioneer Trail past Heavenly, through S. Lake Tahoe, then over Kingsbury Grade SR 207 to Gardnerville. From there it is a straight shot down 395.
Now I know what is that 207 sign for.
post #12 of 20
I checked on the progress for reopening Tioga Pass (SR120) over Yosemite. They are making really slow progress slogging through over 10 feet of snow. They are not even to White Wolf campground yet, nowhere near the summit. Looks like a mid June to early July opener. You should consider a meet on the hill post if you are still considering the trip.

post #13 of 20
Just thought I'd note that the post I made above continues to update progress of opening Tioga Pass over Yosemite (Rt 120). As of June 9 still not open, but connected. Very impressive snow year that has paid dividends on back country skiing. My prediction of a mid-June to July opening for the road, made a month ago is still holding up.
post #14 of 20
The other passes, Ebbets (Hwy 4) and Sonora (Hwy 108) opened for Memorial weekend. They shorten the drive some vs. going through Kirkwood or Tahoe but will still be 2+ hours more than over Tioga Pass. I'm skiing Mammoth June 18 and have a Yosemite reservation for June 19, and it looks like I'll be driving Sonora Pass for that trip. I'm also skiing Mammoth July 2 and rafting the Tuolumne July 3-4, hope Tioga is open for that one.
post #15 of 20
So what's an affordable place to stay near Mammoth?
Also, what are the temperatures like there in July compared to mid-late April in Tahoe?

I'm thinking about going there 4th of July weekend if Tioga pass opens before then.
post #16 of 20
Ah, I just saw that Mammoth lodging post down there. Seems like Motel 6 will be a good bet. But I'd still appreciate any comments on the temperature.
post #17 of 20
Typically temps are in the 60's but there is a lot of variability. If it's windy you'll still need some warm clothing. The upper mountain still freezes overnight a fair percentage of the time. Groomed runs are salted so skiing surface is pleasant for 3-4 hours each morning.
post #18 of 20
Hello guys, I'm new to this forum and came across this thread in a Google search -- nice place you guys have here.

Sorry to resurrect an old thread, but I just noticed that Tioga pass is scheduled to open tomorrow (6/24). I live in San Jose and would love to head over to Mammoth for some fun in the snow. Can anyone tell me roughly how long the drive is?

My impression is 4-5 hours but I've never done the drive myself so I have no idea how accurate that is. Thanks a lot for any info.
post #19 of 20
Add about 1 hour 45 minutes to whatever it takes for you to get to the Route 120 entrance to Yosemite.
post #20 of 20
Awesome. Thanks Tony, I appreciate the quick reply.
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