GB wrote: The East Bay, such as Oakland, is faster Sierran access than from the west side. 4.5 hrs to Saddlebag is in fact doable without abnormal speed, but the traffic must be nice to you and one has to be comfortable cornering fairly fast.
Yeap, that is key.
I don't give out specific route information, my belief is that it takes away from the whole adventure spirit of a trip, if you need every inch planned out, you'll have to get that from someone else.
Have a safer backcountry experience by using the HST ReConn Form 2.0, named after Larry Conn, a HST member:http://reconn.org