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driving from vegas to lake tahoe mid june

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driving from vegas to lake tahoe mid june

month long road trip from upstate new york to reno

would like to go via vegas than tahoe than reno

have driven last couple years to reno through salt lake city didn't mind the elevation

however we did drive to vegas once through denver to 4 corners than grand canyon

did not like elevations we drove. scenery was great but wife and i both commented they we got a little light headed on higher elevations wish not to encounter that again.

traveling mid june 2014 concerns are heat , elevation,and safety

looking for recommended roads to take

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1. Re: driving from vegas to lake tahoe mid june

Most scenic route is thru Death Valley to Lone Pine then up hwy 395 at the base of the eastern Sierras.

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2. Re: driving from vegas to lake tahoe mid june

If you do not want to go through the mountains highway 95 from Las Vegas to Reno is at lower altitudes. To get to the part of Reno you will want to go to you will need to take highway 50 as well.

http://www.aaroads.com/west/us-095_nv.html

The scenery is pretty boring

and for better scenery the route given by dez40 above is much better

but there will be more elevation gains.

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3. Re: driving from vegas to lake tahoe mid june

I have done the Las Vegas to Lake Tahoe drive a few times. It is a long days drive through Death Valley and then up Hwy 395, but it is such a beautiful drive. It will be hot in Death Valley but the rest of the drive will be much cooler. The highest elevation you will drive will be the Conway Summit at just over 8,000 ft. just after you leave Mono Lake. You do know that Lake Tahoe is at 6,200 ft? Is that too high for your system?

The roads are mostly two lane highways, but they are safe. You will probably run into road delays somewhere along this route, as this is road repair season.

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4. Re: driving from vegas to lake tahoe mid june

I guess from northern ny driving through Death Valley sounds scary. Apparently not. I take it's well traveled and elevation under 10000?

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5. Re: driving from vegas to lake tahoe mid june

I guess from northern ny driving through Death Valley sounds scary. Apparently not. I take it's well traveled and elevation under 10000?

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6. Re: driving from vegas to lake tahoe mid june

I guess from northern ny driving through Death Valley sounds scary. Apparently not. I take it's well traveled and elevation under 10000?

Tahoe didn't bother us. I think it was elevation around 10000 that bothered us

Thank you looks like Death Valley to 395

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7. Re: driving from vegas to lake tahoe mid june

In mid June both heat and elevation will be factors, with heat likely to be a source of irritation far more than elevation. Have not made this trek in several years, but were I to do so again, would take a slightly different route than earlier suggestions. Would avoid Death Valley, it can be over 120 in June. Better would be to continue on to Lida Junction, then turn west on NV266 which becomes CA168, and connects with 395 at Big Pine. This route goes between the White and Inyo mountains, with Westgard Pass, at a tick over 7300 feet, the highest point. As stated, 395 has a couple of 8000 foot summits, but nothing higher, far below the 10,000 foot discomfort level. mentioned.

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