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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.
During this tour, you will be accommodated in hotels where the tour will pass through.
Arrival at San Diego, California.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
On your last day, California Motorcycle Tours will provide you with the airport transfer and departure dinner.
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.
This motorcycle tour will take you through San Diego, Big Bear Lake, Kernville, King's Canyon, Oakhurst, Jamestown, Camp Nelson, and Lake Gregory.
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.
San Diego International Airport
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.