3rd time's a charm, California or bust


Brianj5600

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I have planned a 4 week trip out west the last 2 years without making it. 2019 a family member had some medical trouble and had to cancel. I was set to go in 2020, but my son wasn't having it with Covid. Hopefully it will work out for 2021.

I've made the trip to Colorado several times leaving around 2 am. Driving straight through to the eastern slope before dark. That's about 1200 miles, but gives me 1 extra day. I am meeting up with my parents and traveling with them most of the time. The current departure date is 8/2.

Places I plan to go will be mostly National Parks along with some National Forest. We will rest a couple days and head for Yellowstone. I plan on meeting up with Apparition 8/11 for the Rubicon Trail. More to come.
 

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If you didn't see it in my Rubicon thread, you need reservations for Yosemite. May want to check others too.

They wouldn't let me drive through rocky mountain national park last year without a reservation even though I had zero intention of stopping or getting out.

I didn't see any requirement for Sequoia.
 
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I would like to do at least one trail that is challenging, but not crazy in as many states as I can. I don't have a specific route planned yet, but when I do I'll be looking for suggestions for some fun trails.

If you didn't see it in my Rubicon thread, you need reservations for Yosemite. May want to check others too.

They wouldn't let me drive through rocky mountain national park last year without a reservation even though I had zero intention of stopping or getting out.

I didn't see any requirement for Sequoia.

If I am reading this correctly it is possible.

Day-Use Reservations​

Reservations are available on recreation.gov, with most reservations available in spring, and limited reservations available seven days before the arrival date (e.g., make a reservation for an arrival date of September 30 on September 23):

Reservations are available each day at 8 am Pacific time. Reservations are taken almost immediately. Be sure to have an account and be logged in and ready to get a reservation promptly at 8 am Pacific time.

The non-refundable reservation fee is $2 and is included in the $35/car park entrance fee. If you have an annual or lifetime pass, be sure to specify you're a current pass holder to pay the discounted rate ($2).

Cancelled reservations become available immediately on recreation.gov.
 

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I would like to do at least one trail that is challenging, but not crazy in as many states as I can. I don't have a specific route planned yet, but when I do I'll be looking for suggestions for some fun trails.



If I am reading this correctly it is possible.

Day-Use Reservations​

Reservations are available on recreation.gov, with most reservations available in spring, and limited reservations available seven days before the arrival date (e.g., make a reservation for an arrival date of September 30 on September 23):

Reservations are available each day at 8 am Pacific time. Reservations are taken almost immediately. Be sure to have an account and be logged in and ready to get a reservation promptly at 8 am Pacific time.

The non-refundable reservation fee is $2 and is included in the $35/car park entrance fee. If you have an annual or lifetime pass, be sure to specify you're a current pass holder to pay the discounted rate ($2).

Cancelled reservations become available immediately on recreation.gov.
Yeah, we paid our $2 for one. We also bought a new annual pass during TJFest so shouldn't have to pay anymore. If you don't already have the annual and you're going to a couple parks, you should get one.
 

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If you didn't see it in my Rubicon thread, you need reservations for Yosemite. May want to check others too.

They wouldn't let me drive through rocky mountain national park last year without a reservation even though I had zero intention of stopping or getting out.

I didn't see any requirement for Sequoia.
I think he’s said Yellowstone,my sis just got back a week ago and no reservations needed.but Cali is probably way different.