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Sacramento to Mammoth Lakes and back

Postby FeetFirst » Thu Feb 28, 2013 11:32 am

Late August, leaving Sacramento around 6pm. Which route to take?

This is the route that makes sense to me when I look at a map:
1) Sacramento > Hwy 50 east > 89 south (at Meyers) > 395 south > 203/Main St. east into Mammoth Lakes.
https://maps.google.com/maps?saddr=Sacr ... =1&t=m&z=9

This is the quickest route Google Maps suggest:
2) Sacramento > Hwy 50 east > 89 south (at Meyers) > 88 east on Carson Pass Hwy into NV > cut over to US 395 via 756-Dresslerville Rd/Riverview RD > 395 south > 203/Main St. east into Mammoth Lakes.
https://maps.google.com/maps?saddr=Sacr ... ls&t=m&z=9

So it seems like Google doesn't like the stretch of Hwy 89 between Hwy 88 and US 395; is there a reason? Thanks.
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Re: Sacramento to Mammoth Lakes and back

Postby TahoeJeff » Thu Feb 28, 2013 12:00 pm

I'd go with option 1. Highway 89 between Markleevile and 395 can be pretty slow with its steep twisty turns.
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Re: Sacramento to Mammoth Lakes and back

Postby Jim F » Thu Feb 28, 2013 3:14 pm

Hi FeetFirst,

I regularly drive on the 89 from Meyers to the 395. From Myers it takes 30 minutes to get to Markleeville and then another 30 minutes from Markleeville to the 395. As Tahoe Jeff points out, the last 18 miles of the drive over Monitor Pass requires the driver to stay focused. At times on this 18 mile segment I have never encountered another car. The scenery is great. Watch out for bike riders in the early summer training for the Death Ride (July), deer in the early fall, and snow and ice in the late fall (even if the road is still "open").

Actually the toughest part of your drive might be getting clear of the Sacramento traffic at 6 pm, particularly if you leave on Friday.

Drive safe,

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Re: Sacramento to Mammoth Lakes and back

Postby FeetFirst » Thu Feb 28, 2013 5:43 pm

Thanks, guys. Luckily I'm leaving Thursday, rather than Friday, so traffic out of Sacramento should at least be bearable. Hwy 89 it is!
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