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“Towing over Tioga Pass”
Review of Tioga Pass

Tioga Pass
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Small-Group Tour of Yosemite from Lake Tahoe
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Owner description: Dramatic drive starting at elevation 6,100 feet outside of Yosemite Valley and finishing 47 miles later atop Tioga Pass.
Reviewed November 22, 2012

Just got back from a 7700 mile trip. The highlight was visiting Yosemite. There are many things to do in the park, but visiting in July and August can be a problem with reservations attractions. Many of the attractions parking lots are filled beyond capacity and so are the sites. I would definitely come again, but in the fall or spring.

I was a little apprehensive towing my 31' Airstream over the pass, but other people did it so I took the chance. In the end it was no big deal. A lot of hype. Yes the East side is steep with lots of curves, but the West side is wide and easy to navigate. The section that is the most concerning is actually in the park where the road gets very narrow with tight turns. Some sections in the park are a lot steeper than either the east or west side. They recommend 45' as the max but technically I was over that with the length of the SUV(ML 320 CDI)

I towed in late in the day and out early in the morning where the roads where not as busy. There are a couple of gas stations on the outside of the park so fuel is not an issue. Many people also recommend using the turnouts, but most turnouts are really only useful if you've broken down. I used one turnout which was long enough and easy enough to get in and out, but most are not. I kept to the speed limit of 40 going uphill, but downhill I slowed down to 25 and started braking again when the speed approached 35. Despite using a low gear the steepness of the grade pushes the speed up not matter what gear your in. You have to use your brakes, but try to use them sparingly.

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Reviewed November 18, 2012

This pass is so high that in wintertime, the road is closed most of the time. The road from the valley to the pass is winding but has wonderful beautiful scenery!

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Reviewed November 15, 2012

All the information says this road is closed in the winter but that is not always so. Its the snow that closes it, and some years there isn't much of that. So check the weather and if the road is open ENJOY the drive. The pictures do not do justice to how beautiful this area is.

1  Thank MGD828
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Reviewed November 14, 2012

When we left the valley that morning, it was raining. As we drove toward Tioga Pass, the fog was too thick to see anything beyond the road. As we neared the east entrance, the fog was gone and the ground was covered in snow. Beautiful!

Thank pitstop88
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Reviewed November 2, 2012

To come out of Reno, visit Lake Tahoe, drive past Lake Mono, and then hit the sheer cliffs of the Sierra Nevada - loved the majesty and magnitude of the experience. Then down into the Valley and to the Ahwanee -- what more could a girl ask for!!!!

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