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"Safest" Driving route from SF to Sequoia National Park

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Katy, Texas
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"Safest" Driving route from SF to Sequoia National Park

What is the "safest" route from SF to Sequoia National Park. I put safest in quotations because one member of our travel party is a "scardy cat" and is afraid of driving in the mountains (particularly without guard rails). Could you please recommend the route up into the mountains to SNP that has the most guard rails/least sheer cliffs? Thanks, Danie;

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2. Re: "Safest" Driving route from SF to Sequoia National Park

There are two routes into the park,

The one you want to take is 180 into Sequoia

There is another one that goes to 3 Rivers - do not take that one; that is highway 198,

that one has so many twisty curves - and last time we had to drive it in the fog.

We once made the mistake of staying in 3 Rivers and thought it would be clsoe to the park - but that road is difficult driving even for us who love to go to the mountains frequently. Yeah - you could do it, but I figure it might turn more than just one of you into a scardy cat....

www.nps.gov/seki/planyourvisit/directions.htm

The other road will have some looks over the valley - but in general is a good road. The scaredy cat person might still have some issues - but its a whole lot better than 198.

Monterey, California
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3. Re: "Safest" Driving route from SF to Sequoia National Park

Enter the park via Fresno......HWY 180.

When are you going since there is snow and the road to Sequoia from Grant GRove/King's Canyon could be closed.

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4. Re: "Safest" Driving route from SF to Sequoia National Park

Might not be able to get to Sequoia via 180 but could go to Grants Grove in Kings Canyon that route. Check park page for road condition info.

Katy, Texas
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5. Re: "Safest" Driving route from SF to Sequoia National Park

We are going in late July-early august. Thanks for the replies guys!

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