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“Avoid southern half if possible” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Generals Highway

Generals Highway
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park, CA
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Type: Scenic Drives
Activities: Driving
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Owner description: A 30-mile scenic drive at 7,000 feet.
Powers Lake
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Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
“Avoid southern half if possible”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2012

The road from the hwy 180 entrance up north all the way down to the Giant Forest area is very scenic and not too difficult to drive.

The road from Giant Forest area to hwy 198 entrance down south is very difficult drive and not scenic enough to make it worth the drive. Plus currently there are 20-60 min construction delays south of the Giant Forest.

Most of the scenic stuff in the Parks are in the Giant Forest area and north of it. Do yourself a favor and avoid the south section if possible.

Visited October 2012
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Coralville, Iowa
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“A roller coaster”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2012

We came in from the south on 198 and left on the northwest 180 route so feel like we really got to see the Generals Highway. The turns and twists and construction on the southern half were tedious, but the scenery wonderful. I would do it again in a minute.

Visited October 2012
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Novato, California
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26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
“Rolling Up and Down Highway”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2012

Make sure your brakes and engine braking are working before tackling this one. There's lots of climbing and downhills as you cross watersheds. Not many viewpoints, but the ones that exist are good. Be sure to get gas on your way up to the parks--there is none in the parks and the mountains eat gas! We did not drive the southern half of Sequoia, but we understand that is a very challenging road they are trying to modernize, so be prepared for construction when the weather permits.

Visited October 2012
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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
“Rough road in spots but worth it”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2012

There is a bit of dusty construction and sitting in the car waiting to get up the mountain on the one-lane part of the road but a stop at Hospital Rock and a quick hike down to the river make it all worth while. Bring your camera and hiking shoes and have fun climbing the rocks to get pictures of beautiful pools.

Visited October 2012
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Newhall
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“Rough road”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2012

After paying $10 to go through the gate we discovered that the road was all torn up and barely passable in places.

Visited September 2012
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