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12 Days Peaks and Passes Motorcycle Tour in California, USA

Experienced Riders Motorcycle Tour USA

The beautiful Sierra-Nevada Mountains form the centerpiece of this great tour as you ride the western foothills through the historic California Gold Country. Once into the central Sierras, you will ride through Sequoia, Kings Canyon, and Yosemite National Parks. Each day includes lots of twisty mountain roads that are sometimes narrow and steep. The scenery is fabulous and the riding is like nothing you'll find anywhere else, but it can be a bit challenging even for the most experienced riders.

Key information

  • Terrain: asphalt
  • Bike: rental bike
  • Mileage: 3066 kilometers / 1905 miles
  • Daily rides: around 306 kilometers / 190 miles
  • Riding gear included in the rate: helmets
  • Meals: all meals

Highlights

  • Starts and ends in San Diego
  • Tour of the Sierra Nevada Mountains
  • Explore the King's Canyon National Park
  • Liability and physical damage insurance
  • Harley big twin motorcycle rental
  • 11 nights accommodation
  • Airport transfer

Skill level

  • Advanced

Styles


10 riding days in English
Spoken languages: English
The maximum participants in the group is 6
Airport transfer included: San Diego International Airport
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Accommodation

During this tour, you will be accommodated in hotels where the tour will pass through.

Program

Itinerary

Day 1: Saturday - San Diego

Arrival at San Diego, California.

Day 2: Sunday - San Diego to Big Bear Lake (306 kilometers / 190 miles)

You will start the adventure by exploring some of the San Diego County backroads as you ride through Temecula and Oak Glen before climbing more than 6000 feet (1800 meters) into the San Bernardino Mountains. You will ride along the rim-of-the-world highway to the beautiful mountain resort of Big Bear Lake.

Day 3: Monday - Big Bear Lake to Kernville (338 kilometers / 210 miles)

You will ride past Silverwood Lake before crossing the Cajon Junction on the way to Wrightwood. We drop to the high desert and ride next to Edwards Air Force Base (the alternate landing site for the Space Shuttle) before crossing the Tehachapi Summit. You will reach the southern Sierras and historic Walker Basin near Lake Isabella before arriving in Kernville and our destination near the Kern River.

Day 4: Tuesday - Kernville to King's Canyon (272 kilometers / 170 miles)

You will go up and down the mountains about a hundred times (or so it will seem) as you go north along the western slope of the Sierras. There are several photo ops before continuing to the destination at Grant Grove near the top of Kings Canyon. Grant Grove is a beautiful stand of giant Sequoia trees that have to be seen to be believed.

Day 5: Wednesday - Kings Canyon to Oakhurst (193 kilometers / 120 miles)

You will have a relatively short day with time to explore King's Canyon National Park before riding more fun mountain roads as you continue north on the edge of the Sierras. You will pass more lakes and rivers than you can count on the way to Oakhurst and the southern end of Highway 49, named in honor of the "49ers" of gold rush fame.

Day 6: Thursday - Oakhurst to Jamestown (298 kilometers / 185 miles)

From Oakhurst, you ride scenic highway 41 into Yosemite National Park. If the group gets an early start, you will ride out to Glacier Point which overlooks the Yosemite Valley. Yosemite has to be one of the most beautiful places on earth! You will have plenty of time for photos and explore the Yosemite Valley before you ride more fun roads in the Sierra foothills on the way to the historic town of Jamestown on Highway 49.

Day 7: Friday - Jamestown to Jamestown (386 kilometers / 240 miles)

You might think this a day off, but no! It's a chance to ride Ebbetts Pass, Monitor Pass, and Sonora Pass which takes us up over 9000 feet (2700 meters) before returning to Jamestown. This is a fantastic day of riding with great scenery as a bonus!

Day 8: Saturday - Jamestown to Camp Nelson (338 kilometers / 210 miles)

You will ride the foothills for 90 miles before dropping into the Central Valley and skirting around the city of Fresno. You've got lots of fun (and challenging) roads to explore as you wind your way through the Sierra foothills. You will end the day in Camp Nelson, about 5,000 feet elevation in the western Sierras.

Day 9: Sunday - Camp Nelson to Kernville (112 or 193 kilometers / 70 or 210 miles)

The road out of Camp Nelson takes you into the Sequoia National Forest before you pick up the Kern River and follow it south towards Kernville. This is an easy day that allows for alternative activities or just relaxing by the river once you are near Kernville.

For those who want more riding, there is the Sherman Pass road which will take us up over 9200 feet (2800 meters) before looping back towards Kernville on Walker Pass. This is definitely the long way but the roads and scenery are worth the effort - and not a freeway or major highway within 100 miles!

Day 10: Monday - Kernville to Crestline, Lake Gregory (306 kilometers / 190 miles)

From Kernville, you will ride south through the Walker basin and the Tehachapi Mountains before descending to the high desert. You will continue south to the San Gabriel Mountains for a great ride on the Angeles Crest Highway - one of the great motorcycle roads in America (or anywhere). From there, you will continue into the San Bernadino Mountains to the community of Crestline at nearly 4,500 feet (2,100 meters) altitude, in the pine trees.

Day 11: Tuesday - Crestline to San Diego (290 kilometers / 180 miles)

You will ride the rim-of-the-world highway before descending to Yucaipa and Oak Glen. You will continue through scenic inland valleys before stopping for lunch in old town Temecula. You've got a few more fun roads left before returning to San Diego. What a great 10 days of riding!

The farewell dinner provides an opportunity to reflect on the beauty you have seen, the adventures you have experienced, and to reinforce the friendships you have established with your fellow riders that often last a lifetime.

Day 12: Departure

On your last day, California Motorcycle Tours will provide you with the airport transfer and departure dinner.

Skill level

Advanced

  • Can ride for five to six hours
  • Extensive riding experience
  • Assistance on demand (if required)
  • Experienced with riding a variety of motorcycles
  • Comfortable with any terrain and weather conditions

Included excursions

During this tour, you will visit San Bernardino Mountains, Kernville, Grant Grove, King's Canyon National Park, Oakhurst, Yosemite National Park, Fresno City, Sequoia National Forest, and Crestline.

Location

This motorcycle tour will take you through San Diego, Big Bear Lake, Kernville, King's Canyon, Oakhurst, Jamestown, Camp Nelson, and Lake Gregory.

Food

During this tour, you will be provided with daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner. You will also have a welcome dinner on the first day and a farewell dinner on the last day of the tour.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

  • Capture photos of the sceneries
  • Dine out in the nearby restaurants
  • Explore the surroundings
  • Relax in your hotel room
  • See the stunning views

What's included

  • 11 nights accommodation
  • Daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • Farewell dinner on the last day
  • Liability and physical damage insurance
  • Professional guide services
  • Taxes
  • Transfer to and from San Diego International Airport (SAN)
  • Welcome dinner

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at San Diego International Airport (SAN). Transfer from and to the airport is included. California Motorcycle Tours will pick you up from the airport.

Airport: San Diego International Airport Airport transfer included: San Diego International Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 12% of the total price.
  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 46 days before the arrival date.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.
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