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Reno, Lake Tahoe, and the Mountains Trip Planning

Planning a trip this September to visit the Reno Air Races, hiking trip to summit Mt. Tallac, and tour the mountains. Any suggestions on my route or another entirely other trip in the Reno area?

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1st guess would be 395 south to 120 through Yosemite. Post up on the California sub forum, them boys should be able to help ya.
 

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Not sure how much time you have or if you are riding but I would forget the 80 and the 20 and stick to the 49 route. As mentioned, going south on 395 a bit farther and taking the 120 up and over Yosemite is nice and you can hook up with the 49 again. I am taking this path in a couple of weeks and I am heading south from Auburn. Any way you go, it is nice country to see.
 

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Going to grab a rental bike in Reno. Three years ago I did the Yosemite ride and Hike. It was amazing! Probably looking to spend 4 days on the road.
 

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Now that looks like a nice ride. Maybe we will have enough time when we are up there to see the RR museum since it is kind of on the route. :thumbup:
 

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September is fine weather wise but the lower section of 49 is slow (lot's of small towns) and HOT. I just rode both 108 (Sonora Pass) and 120 through Yosemite. 108 is awesome!!! From South lake Tahoe go to Markleevillle and ride Monitor pass on 89 over to 395 also 108, 4 and 88 are much nicer than 50 or 120.

Like I mentioned fall is fire season so make a few ride plans both south and north of Tahoe so you may able to escape the dense smoke IF there are fires burning in the Sierras.
 

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September is fine weather wise but the lower section of 49 is slow (lot's of small towns) and HOT. I just rode both 108 (Sonora Pass) and 120 through Yosemite. 108 is awesome!!! From South lake Tahoe go to Markleevillle and ride Monitor pass on 89 over to 395 also 108, 4 and 88 are much nicer than 50 or 120.

Like I mentioned fall is fire season so make a few ride plans both south and north of Tahoe so you may able to escape the dense smoke IF there are fires burning in the Sierras.

Hmm, finding it harder to make a loop.
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Trust me, you are riding in my back yard.

Hwy 50 is not lonely in Ca, that is a reputation from Nevada. 50 from Sac to Tahoe is down in the river canyon for the most part and nothing special plus can have lots of traffic. I avoid it like a plague.

Your current route is just fine, you are getting a good idea of the roads around this area. Be flexible and you will do just fine. It's easy to enjoy our tasty roads in the Sierra's. Plan several routes just for fun and then you can make your final decision when you get here.
 

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Trust me, you are riding in my back yard.

Hwy 50 is not lonely in Ca, that is a reputation from Nevada. 50 from Sac to Tahoe is down in the river canyon for the most part and nothing special plus can have lots of traffic. I avoid it like a plague.

Your current route is just fine, you are getting a good idea of the roads around this area. Be flexible and you will do just fine. It's easy to enjoy our tasty roads in the Sierra's. Plan several routes just for fun and then you can make your final decision when you get here.

I realized the point about hwy 50 right after my post with a little research.Thanks for the input. If you see an even better loop, please make a suggestion.
 

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I realized the point about hwy 50 right after my post with a little research.Thanks for the input. If you see an even better loop, please make a suggestion.
I would skip 120 altogether.
Be sure to ride 108, 4, 88 and 89. I really like the ride from 4 to 395. If you can't do all 4 of them, 88 would be the one to skip. Another ride you might enjoy is Omo ranch rd. from 88 to Mt. Aukum rd up to (e16) Sky Park Rd. up to the Mormon Emigrant Trail, back to 88. It will take you through apple country and some of the most beautiful orchards and ranches around.
 

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-Chopped off Lake Tahoe completely... I find the place underwhelming; nothing special about the road around the lake; can't even see the lake most of the time
-Added Virginia City... a fun ride, and neat ghost town scenery
-Added the 2 best Sierra Passes, 4 & 108
-Added Hwy-49 up to Grass Valley ...very extremely awesome riding
-Added Bucks Lake Road to Quincy... one of the best riding roads I'm aware of
 

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-Added Hwy-49 up to Grass Valley ...very extremely awesome riding

Sorry Alex but I disagree, that section of 49 from Sonora to Grass Valley just plain sucks. Tons of traffic, slow going in small towns and very hot in September. However 49 from Grass Valley north along the Yuba River is a blast in September after the RV's go home.

Bucks Lake road is good and so is Laporte Rd. between Brownsville and Quincy.
 

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Lots to consider here. So is everyone in agreement 108 and 4 is much better than 120?

120 looks like it had a few things to look at Lake Mono Lake ands dome mt to climb.
 

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POI's to consider:
C Mono Lake:
-Bodie State Historic Park (Ghost Town): Awesome 3hr side trip, to well maintained state park; the Mill Tour (check times) is not-to-be-missed. Hwy-270 is only paved 1/2-way, and the remainder is rough washboard dirt but rideable.
-Virginia Creek Settlement: Nice Camping/Rooms/Restaurant, very reasonable prices http://www.virginiacreeksettlement.com/

G Grass Valley:
-Empire Mine State Historic Park: Pretty gardens, and good mining museum http://www.empiremine.org/
-Owl Grill & Saloon: Good food, rec the clam chowder http://www.owlgrillandsaloon.com/

Nearby Hwy-120:
-Cherry Lake Road: Awesome ride! The area burned down about 2yrs ago, hence it may not be as scenic https://maps.google.com/maps?saddr=Cherry+Lake+Rd/Forest+Rte+1N07&daddr=37.9719101,-119.9205611+to:37.9803099,-119.9420589+to:Buchanan+Rd&hl=en&ll=37.889757,-120.08709&spn=0.231932,0.527&sll=37.889757,-120.08709&sspn=0.231932,0.527&geocode=FdAtQQIdVc_Y-A;FcZnQwIdTyja-Cmp81h-KySXgDFF3sq74JYWqA;FZWIQwIdVtTZ-CnjYQdBuCWXgDFYZTnlQTc71Q;FdNZQwIdhGjV-A&mra=dme&mrsp=0&sz=12&via=1,2&t=m&z=12
 

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I go camping at jawbone creek every year. That is along this route. We could not go this year due to the Yosemite Rim Fire. Besides, the roads are like goat paths. Awesome ride for locals, not so good if it's your first time though that area.
 

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...the roads are like goat paths. Awesome ride for locals, not so good if it's your first time though that area.
Cherry Creek Road is certainly no worse than the other Sierra Passes he's going to take, which are full of hair pin turns and 28% grades, etc ...just saying
 

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Cherry Creek Road is certainly no worse than the other Sierra Passes he's going to take, which are full of hair pin turns and 28% grades, etc ...just saying
We certainly would have to disagree.
 
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