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Isberg trailhead - drivable?

Postby lvray » Tue Jul 12, 2016 3:31 pm

I have a permit to leave from the Isberg trailhead later this week. Is the Beasore rd drivable with a standard front wheel drive car to the trailhead? We would be leaving from Oakhurst and headed up past Bass Lake. I have called the FS and haven't gotten different answers. Any help/insight would be appreciated.



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Re: Isberg trailhead - drivable?

Postby balzaccom » Tue Jul 12, 2016 3:48 pm

We drove to Granite Creek and Fernandez trailheads without much trouble. We have a 2wd Escape, but this was a well-graded gravel road. Drive slow--recommendation is ten miles an hour. And when you do that, you will see any big bumps coming your way. You will also have plenty of time to consider choosing a trailhead that is closer to the highway next time. grin.
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Re: Isberg trailhead - drivable?

Postby maverick » Tue Jul 12, 2016 4:01 pm

We drove to Granite Creek and Fernandez trailheads without much trouble. We have a 2wd Escape, but this was a well-graded gravel road. Drive slow--recommendation is ten miles an hour. And when you do that, you will see any big bumps coming your way. You will also have plenty of time to consider choosing a trailhead that is closer to the highway next time. grin.


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Re: Isberg trailhead - drivable?

Postby lvray » Tue Jul 12, 2016 4:06 pm

balzaccom wrote:We drove to Granite Creek and Fernandez trailheads without much trouble. We have a 2wd Escape, but this was a well-graded gravel road. Drive slow--recommendation is ten miles an hour. And when you do that, you will see any big bumps coming your way. You will also have plenty of time to consider choosing a trailhead that is closer to the highway next time. grin.


Thank you. We have a 4x4 too, just don't want to waste the extra gas driving it there from Vegas if we don't have to. I don't care about bumps, the car has 200,000+ miles on it. I care about mud and high centering.
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Re: Isberg trailhead - drivable?

Postby lvray » Tue Jul 12, 2016 4:07 pm

maverick wrote:
We drove to Granite Creek and Fernandez trailheads without much trouble. We have a 2wd Escape, but this was a well-graded gravel road. Drive slow--recommendation is ten miles an hour. And when you do that, you will see any big bumps coming your way. You will also have plenty of time to consider choosing a trailhead that is closer to the highway next time. grin.


Done it in my Honda Civic with no problems.



Thank you. Did you go all the way to the Isberg trailhed? Or just the closer ones?
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Re: Isberg trailhead - drivable?

Postby maverick » Tue Jul 12, 2016 4:10 pm

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Re: Isberg trailhead - drivable?

Postby maverick » Tue Jul 12, 2016 4:17 pm

Here are some detailed driving directions with waypoints, Granite Creek is the last section: http://www.climber.org/DrivingDirections/chiquito.html
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Re: Isberg trailhead - drivable?

Postby wildhiker » Tue Jul 12, 2016 4:41 pm

There are two ways to get the trailheads around Granite Creek: The Beasore Road that you asked about from Bass Lake, and the Minaret Road from North Fork, which takes a longer, more southerly and easterly route. They join up right before Clover Meadow, where you can get a walk-up wilderness permit at the Forest Service guard station and stay in the local campground. It's then a few miles more past Clover Meadow to the Isberg Pass trailhead.

In my experience, Beasore Road is shorter, but not any faster, because it is in such terrible condition. Minaret road is maintained much better. At least, that was the story the last time I drove it in 2010. I went in on Beasore Road and after hitting all the potholes, swore I wouldn't do that again, and had a much more pleasant drive out on Minaret Road.

I suggest you call the Forest Service office in North Fork at (559) 877-2218 and ask them which road they would recommend to get to the Isberg Pass trailhead on Granite Creek.

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Re: Isberg trailhead - drivable?

Postby sheperd80 » Tue Jul 12, 2016 7:52 pm

The very last section to get to Isberg trailhead (past granite creek) was short but pretty rough. Some fairly steep ups and downs and riddled with deep holes. I wouldnt want to do it in a car, but im sure you could. Looks like an extra mile round trip to just hike out of granite creek instead.

The rest of it is just bumpy and annoying but very doable in a small car.

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Re: Isberg trailhead - drivable?

Postby sheperd80 » Tue Jul 12, 2016 8:02 pm

Hope you give us a TR after your trip. Id love to see how that area looks now cuz it was beautiful even mid-drought.

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Re: Isberg trailhead - drivable?

Postby cslaght » Tue Jul 12, 2016 8:27 pm

Was there last week! I've seen worse roads around the sierras and there shouldn't be any issue with driving a normal clearance vehicle to the trailhead. We did take the Minarets highway as it's paved all but the last 6 miles, plus the views are much better. If you're coming from Oakhurst, you can cut around Bass Lake to North Fork and the difference in time should be negligible. Keep in mind that it takes at least an hour/hour and a half as you go deep back in there. The two times I've been back there were in higher clearance vehicles but when I did it, I would have no doubts my Cruze could make it.
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Re: Isberg trailhead - drivable?

Postby LMBSGV » Tue Jul 12, 2016 8:51 pm

I've been taking only the Minaret Road since 1978, driving everything from a VW bug to a Toyota Tercel or Corolla. They rerouted the road to the present Isberg Trailhead sometime in the 1980s (I don't remember the exact year). I've never had a problem with any of those vehicles since they put in the new trailhead and parking. By the way, at both Clover Meadow and Granite Creek, there is no fee for camping and there are some great campsites.
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