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Tahoe Yosemite loop..which way over the mts?

On Mt View-Tahoe-Yosemite loop, which way is best riding east over the main range on a Friday afternoon....50, 88, 4 or 108. We'll be coming back the 120.

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Re: Tahoe Yosemite loop..which way over the mts?

If you want to see Tahoe, go 50, to the Lake. Then head south on 89. Monitor Pass is a great ride; you'll pass through Markleeville. 89 to 395 S to 120, and there you go.

My favorite path to Yosemite (from hwy 50 side of Sacramento area): If you've already been, and don't care about seeing Tahoe, go hwy 50 to Mormon Immigrant Trail. This a a lightly traveled scenic wilderness shortcut (about 30 miles (+/-)) over to hwy 88. Mormon Trail is a two lane road, but there isn't even a center line (I do not suggest this route after dark). When you get to 88, head east to 89 south. There are some great small lakes (Silver, Capels) along the way too.

Whichever way you choose is a great ride. Hwy 4 over Ebbets pass is great as well; just depends on how many miles you want to go.

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if you take 50 to 89 you still arent going to see the lake except from the summit coming down. Not an up close and personal way to see the lake. The 89 exit is before you get into south shore. You would want to continue on 50 to get to the lake shore. From there you can turn around and take 89 which is by far my preferred method or continue on 50 to 395 and head south but thats boring.
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Re: Tahoe Yosemite loop..which way over the mts?

Thanks guys...I am of course going to circle Tahoe (probably :-), I was just trying to work out which gives us the best scenery/ride over the main range. Also, the trip down from Tahoe to get onto the eastern end of 120 is important. Some good ideas here.

If I had to head east on either of the 4 or the 88. then up to South Tahoe, which would be more fun?

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Re: Tahoe Yosemite loop..which way over the mts?

Perhaps too late for you, but I just took 89 from Tahoe City to south shore and LOVED IT. Hit 50 and came home from there...fantastic day yesterday!

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Thanks guys...I am of course going to circle Tahoe (probably :-), I was just trying to work out which gives us the best scenery/ride over the main range. Also, the trip down from Tahoe to get onto the eastern end of 120 is important. Some good ideas here.

If I had to head east on either of the 4 or the 88. then up to South Tahoe, which would be more fun?
I prefer 88.

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