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Getting To Mammoth From SF

post #1 of 24
Thread Starter 
Howdy!

I was wondering what all the various routes to Mammoth are from San Francisco.

Last July I went up 80 to Reno and then around that way. But I broke it into two 3 hour trips. On the way back Tioga was open and I whipped back in 4 hours.

But other than Tioga and the Reno roundabout, what are other options and time frames in getting to Mammoth from San Fran?

Thanks!
post #2 of 24
you can go to south lake tahoe and connect up to 395.

or you can go to kirkwood and connect to 395 there.
post #3 of 24
Mammoth is 2-4 hrs from Tahoe. Tioga won't be open for the tgr thing.
post #4 of 24
Does anyone know when Mammoth closes for the general public?
post #5 of 24
Thread Starter 
so basically I'm looking at a 7 hourish trip, correct?

i've done it before, in separate stages (driving to Truckee in the evening, sleeping over, getting up at 6 and trucking to Mammoth to ski by 9:30).
post #6 of 24
Six and a halfish, according to Google Maps.
post #7 of 24
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Originally Posted by dookey67 View Post
so basically I'm looking at a 7 hourish trip, correct?

i've done it before, in separate stages (driving to Truckee in the evening, sleeping over, getting up at 6 and trucking to Mammoth to ski by 9:30).
Dookey, I think 3 hrs from Tahoe. When are you going?

Mark
post #8 of 24
Thread Starter 
there's a Maggot conclave next weekend (26 - 29th). was gonna attend, get in at least 2 days of skiing and a little camping, to boot.
post #9 of 24
Hey, I will be there too for the Spring Convention for PSIA W. Would love to meet some more bears!? What will you be wearing so I can say hello if I see you?

What are Maggots exactly?

bud

bud
post #10 of 24
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Does anyone know when Mammoth closes for the general public?
This year don't count on it going past memorial day. If even that.
post #11 of 24
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What are Maggots exactly?
... thereby inadvertently opening either a can of worms or of whoopa__.

Maggots, a.k.a. Powder Maggots, are the denizens of the Teton Gravity Research fora. Search and ye shall find comparisons. Many of us (including dookey & me) are denizens of both.
post #12 of 24
Ahh... thanks for the clarification.
post #13 of 24
Thread Starter 
Hey Bud!

I'm not a mutually exclusive rider, so I'd be glad to swap a few turns with you next weekend.

I'll be there Thurs/Fri/Sat returning to SF on Sunday (just got Th and Fri off).

I'm really more of an Epaggot...I fit a little in with the Bears and a little in with the Maggs. Basically, I don't like to rip groomers and I don't like to huck 100 foot cliffs, so that puts me smack dab in the middle with folks who enjoy bumps and hiking to some nifty off-piste without getting to much into race orientation or gnarly freeskiing exercises.



and yeah, there's quite a few of us who lurk between the two (Sinecure, X-Eastcoaster, Alpinedad, MTT, Cirquerider, and a few others).

i think it all boils down to a love of snow and skiing on it!
post #14 of 24
Perhaps you're a (grin and) Bearaggot. Or a Barking Mare.
post #15 of 24
Dookey

I have found it takes me around 6 hours. Can be done quicker but watch out for CHP/sheriff activity on the 395, particularly through Walker (IIRC) canyon.
post #16 of 24
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Dookey

I have found it takes me around 6 hours. Can be done quicker but watch out for CHP/sheriff activity on the 395, particularly through Walker (IIRC) canyon.
I will second that brother! My last trip to Mammoth a month ago, I was just south of Minden near Topaz lake when I got pulled over for going 70 in a 55. It was a stretch of road in the middle of nowhere with no houses, crossroads, nothing and the limit is 55! Silly! But the funnier thing is, as I was accelerating back up to speed and laughing it off with my buddie, I looked up just in time to see another officer heading the other way and flip his lights on and pull me over. I was not paying attention and accelerated back up to 70 just as he got me. I told the officer "you are not going to believe this" .... Thank goodness he let me go with a stern warning. I know, I am stupid. Oh, and another mile down the road was another cop sitting off the road with radar!

Do not speed on 395 between Minden and California boarder at Topaz, they patrol that section heavily.


b
post #17 of 24
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Does anyone know when Mammoth closes for the general public?
They only confirm that they will be open through the big park event May 5-6. After that it depends week to week on how long the snow lasts. Under current management that means Broadway to Main Lodge must be skiable. They will not run 3 + the top with gondola for access only as in the 1980's. Based on past seasons with this low snow Memorial Day is a longshot IMHO. Two weeks ago I would have said May 6 was the end, but there's been 2 1/2 feet of new snow since then, so probably another week or two after that.
post #18 of 24
Thread Starter 
thanks for the speed trap warnings!

i have been pretty good about adhering to speed limits this season after a massive thread on a local Yahoo ski group pointed out hot spots on 50 and 80.

interestingly enough back during the Tahoe Gathering I was driving the West side of the lake to get to Kirkwood from Truckee where I was staying. Just after Homewood (I think it's Tahoma) I slowed down to the speed limit and sure enough as i went from 55+ down to 35 (the limit) there was a patrol truck lurking in a parking lot. Whew!

the best i've seen, though, lately, was 2 officers on the stretch of highway between Novato and Vallejo (I think it's 39). One was standing practically out in the highway with a radar gun, the other was mounted on his motorcycle. crazy.
post #19 of 24
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Originally Posted by dookey67 View Post
thanks for the speed trap warnings!

i have been pretty good about adhering to speed limits this season after a massive thread on a local Yahoo ski group pointed out hot spots on 50 and 80.

interestingly enough back during the Tahoe Gathering I was driving the West side of the lake to get to Kirkwood from Truckee where I was staying. Just after Homewood (I think it's Tahoma) I slowed down to the speed limit and sure enough as i went from 55+ down to 35 (the limit) there was a patrol truck lurking in a parking lot. Whew!

the best i've seen, though, lately, was 2 officers on the stretch of highway between Novato and Vallejo (I think it's 39). One was standing practically out in the highway with a radar gun, the other was mounted on his motorcycle. crazy.
Driving west on 80 yesterday I saw a motorcycle officer on an off ramp facing oncoming traffic with a radar gun. Never seen anything like that before. I was doing about 68mph in the slow lane and he gave me a pass!
post #20 of 24
395 has speed traps all along HWY 395. Topaz area is the worst NV and CA. I have averaged 80+ all the way down (Very lucky) but the law of averages says if you are doing 10+ over posted your gonna get a ticket.

Just set the Cruse and gut it out. The police run in packs of two and three out there.

Its the only road where I have had a patrol car follow me for 30 miles

Dam that sucks!
post #21 of 24
Thread Starter 
"Driving west on 80 yesterday I saw a motorcycle officer on an off ramp facing oncoming traffic with a radar gun. Never seen anything like that before. I was doing about 68mph in the slow lane and he gave me a pass!"

That's exactly what I witnessed in Novato. Dude was leaning out into traffic with his gun.

I've pretty much gotten into the habit of locking cruise control in around 65 - 70 and ride the middle lane. I only thing that gums that up is that nobody else around me seems capable of driving a consistent speed! (I end up passing people who have passed me earlier doing 80-90 and then they pass me several minutes later. Dunno why folks just don't keep it steady.

Anyway, thanks again for the heads up. I'll be wary early Thursday morning on the way down!
post #22 of 24
Dookey, I don't know if you got the directions you were looking for, but Alpinedad's map nailed it. 50 to Meyers, take the Pioneer Trail cutoff to South Lake Tahoe and take the second right past the Casinos on 207 Kingsbury Grade. That points you towards Gardnerville Minden and 395 south. Have fun! Buy a camera.
post #23 of 24
Thread Starter 
yeah, i'd do that, 'cept i'm headed to the cabin in Truckee tomorrow night to grab my gear. Gonna sleep over and then head out to Mammoth via Reno early Thurs.

Thanks though!

And I think I have a camera. We'll see what I come up with.

post #24 of 24
Sonora pass (108) opened today.
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