Doorstep to Sequoia National Park - SR-245 + ADD NEW ROUTE
26 in California California50 Miles Miles
By Joel Heckman
on July 1, 2006
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Your route starts in Visalia, CA where you will head east out of town on SR 198 for just a few miles until you come to the SR-198/SR-245 intersection. Now take SR-245 north to and through Woodlake Junction and get ready for the fun to start! Go through the foothills and enjoy the long sweeping turns. Most of the local gas stations have maps of the area which contain most of the major local roads. Continue on SR-245 as it twists and turns its way up to Hwy 180 ... the route's end point.
I guess there's scenery around this spectacular road, but who's paying attention? As you ascend up the hill, the scenery changes from rolling grass hills to pine trees and forest.
Best ridden between May and September when the roads are cleanest. Watch out for the occasional pine cone or the remains of one lying in the middle of the road. As long as the roadway is clean, the pavement is great! Early in the season there will be sand in some corners that's been washed down from the hillsides, but once that's cleaned up, it spectacular.
You're pretty much in the middle of nowhere on this road. Half-way up is the Mountain House bar. And, towards the end is the Pinehurst Lodge. Both have food and drink, if you desire. At its north end lies SR-180 which can be linked together with the Generals Highway and SR-198 through Sequoia/Kings Canyon National Parks. Which makes for a day of beautiful roads and scenery.
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