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Old 08-26-2010, 04:43 PM   #15
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Thanks Bill and Robert. I found a website that lists the winter closures on Tioga Pass Rd since the 1930's. Back then it would close in Sept. and early Oct., but in the last few decades it's the last day or two of October, November or December—except for 2004 when it was Oct. 17. It could still be snowy, but not closed for the season. The odds are with us, I think. The part outside the Park, east of Lee Vining, doesn't seem to be as high and may be high desert. I don't want to have to go around and will attempt to cross Utah and Nevada quickly.

I'm hoping to stay in Big Sur and don't know how far Kirk Creek is from there—sounds close. Several years ago, pre-trailer, we stayed at a combination private CG and cabins just north of Big Sur, or maybe in it, downhill from the highway on the west side; it may have been in a river canyon. The strange thing there was the obese guy in the trailer below us—we were in an A frame cabin up a hill. He was sitting at the dinette in his undershirt drinking beers (quite a few it appeared) and singing (badly and sadly) with the window open. It did not give us a good impression of trailer life.

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Old 08-26-2010, 05:29 PM   #16
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We were staying in Kirk Creek when 53flying pulled in. We had been there for the week. We got there late morning on a Monday and 2 first come gets sites were available. We were lucky as this campground is popular The sites all have a view. Here are a few from our site #1.
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Old 08-26-2010, 06:22 PM   #17
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Looks nice. Thanks for the photos.

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Morro Bay State Park is beautiful, has electricity and is within walking distance of the town's restaurants, and most sites have gorgeous views of ocean and the estuary next to it.
We stayed at Cerro Alto just off Hwy 41 - no hookups, though it had beautiful hiking trails and gorgeous green surroundings with a serene creek.

Pismo is great but always crowded.
I agree with Wilkes711 Pismo is pretty overcast too. I like it but its not my favorite. There are alot of wineries in Paso Robles area, and San Luis Obispo is really beautiful. They have a farmers market that is more like a street party every Thursday night. Have a great time!
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Just got back from CA central coast trip. Stayed on the beach at Refugio State Beach (hookups) north of Santa Barbara (easy trip to Solvang wine country), then camped on the cliffs at Kirk Creek in the Nat'l Forest (no hookups) right next to 1953 Flying - beautiful sunsets and a full moon. Moved slightly south to Plaskett Creek (no hookups) - shady in the forest. Drove the length of Hwy 1, with the trailer, in the fog (did I mention that this was my 1st AS trip). Finished up on private land near Salinas Valley wine country. Hit the Flagstaff and Barstow (hot!) KOAs coming and going. Kirk Creek photos:
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Kirk Creek was a good trip this year. I was able to meet old and new friends. Johnny, I hope the rest of your trip went as smooth as Kirk Creek did for you.
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'53 - The rest of our trip went pretty smooth, though Plaskett Creek was no where near as nice as Kirk, and the fog settled in on Tuesday, had to drive up Naciemento Rd (w/o AS) to get above it. My parking got a lot better as the trip wore on, and driving Hwy 1 was a breeze. Spent a few days at a hot spring near Soledad after Plaskett, now THAT was relaxing. Looking forward to next year, will spend a few days at Kirk instead of the overnighter, hopefully at full moon again.
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Our favorite central coast campground is Montana de Oro state park, west of San Luis Obispo. No hookups, water available, excellent beach access, raccoons, wonderful ocean air ...

Fill your fresh water tank at the Union 76 station on the west end of Los Osos.

If you have any difficulties on the way, Sky Harbor Airstreams are in Paso Robles.

Be sure to visit the mission in SLO, and walk through gum alley.
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Old 09-02-2010, 10:12 PM   #23
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If you stop in Pismo Beach, there is Pismo Coast Village. Walking distance to town, large beach just over the dune. Clean laundry facility. Nice but not too upscale. Everything looks freshly painted because it is. Reasonable for the location.
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We'll have to take Cal. 120 from US 6 near the Nevada state line to Lee Vining and across the northern part of Yosemite to get to the Yosemite Valley. Looks like a slow, winding road. It seems we'll be there a few weeks before snow season.

Any feedback on any of this?

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We drove this route in mid-July with a 30' Motorhome towing an 18'-car trailer (20k lbs total weight more or less). CA-120 is freshly paved from Benton (I think) towards Mono Lake. There are some steep spots that had us in 1st gear crawling.

CA-120 has a beast of a climb to the east entrance of Yosemite. We were in 1st gear quite a bit at 6am, avoiding the climb in the heat of the day. Temps at the pass were 32* when we passed through. Frost on the ground.

CA-120 through Yosemite has beautiful views, according to my wife. I was completely absorbed by keeping the motorhome and trailer in my lane. 50' length was really too much for the road and traffic volumes, but we made it safely. Climbs aren't too bad in the park. It's just tight. Took around 2 hours to drive across the park to Yosemite Valley. The decent down into Yosemite Valley was steep (8* grades at several points).

When we transited, rigs over 45' feet were "not permitted" on CA-140 heading west from Yosemite. A rockslide forced the construction of a temp bridge, which has a tight turn to access it. But we made it through with no problems.

If all the free sites or RV parks are full, you can stay in the Mono Lake National Scenic something-or-another center's parking lot overnight without any issues. That's what we did on our trip.

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Cool Thread :)

Wow, this has turned into a pretty cool thread. there are enough tips here for another trip after this one. thanks you all for piping up.
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Good time to hit the CC!

We are very familiar with the local campgrounds (we live in Arroyo Grande).
What are you interested in? (i.e. Coastal Mountain Range, Near Water, Beach, Exclusion, Convenience?) I'd be happy to share my knowledge.

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We are very familiar with the local campgrounds (we live in Arroyo Grande).
What are you interested in? (i.e. Coastal Mountain Range, Near Water, Beach, Exclusion, Convenience?) I'd be happy to share my knowledge.

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We live on 50 on the way to Tahoe. So any inquiries from 'flatlanders' of destinations up this way are welcome. However, Lynn and I have promised ourselves to visit more coastal campsites. One other recommended place to visit is New Brighton and of course the Bogeda Bay area. Any other ideas? Of course please include roads NOT to tow on. A side history (mine) note...1952 after an across country journey on RTE 66 to LA, mom wanted a coast route up to SF. No one then cautioned us against HWY 1....while towing a 26' trailer! I was 14 and remembered THAT trek. Can you image what HWY 1 would be like bck then?!
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Great thread. We've pulled the 120 entrance to the west side of Yosemite. Its called Priests Grade. Steep but short. Used 2nd gear both going up and coming down. Only takes about 15min. but does seem a lot longer.

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