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Driving from San Francisco to Oakhurst, CA

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Driving from San Francisco to Oakhurst, CA

We're planning a trip to San Francisco in late December. We'd like to visit Yosemite and stay in Oakhurst. Can anyone tell me if it can snow on the roads along the way. I'm trying to figure out if we'll need chains. If we don't, then we can drive at least to Oakhurst and do a Yosemite tour from one of the hotels. If we do, then we'll have to scrap the whole idea.

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1. Re: Driving from San Francisco to Oakhurst, CA

It is unlikely that you'll need tire chains for a drive to Oakhurst. It has happened in the past, but it's unlikely.

Mariposa is closer to San Francisco and closer to Yosemite Valley and on the All Weather Route / Hwy 140. But Oakhurst can work.

A tour from Mariposa travels up to 3,000 at Midpines, down to the Merced River to follow the river to El Portal, and then gently up to 4,000' at Yosemite Valley. A tour from Oakhurst goes up to 5,000' at the South Entrance, down to 4,000' at Wawona, up to 6,000' at Chinquapin (turn off to Badger Pass), and down to 4,000 at the Valley. That's an hour and a half of curving roads at high elevation that are more likely to have chain restrictions.

Here are some tour company ideas: tripadvisor.com/Travel-g61000-c201637 I don't know which ones are running in the winter.


For future reference, questions about driving in the state of California are usually better placed on the CA state forum page. This page is supposed to be about enjoying the fabulous City of San Francisco. But the SF forum folks are so nice that they won't fuss when non-SF questions are on their page. One advantage to using the CA state page is reading the excellent Top Questions on the right. There are good Top Q about visiting Yosemite in winter on the Yosemite forum page.

Happy Planning!

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