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Doorstep to Sequoia National Park - SR-245 + ADD NEW ROUTE


23   in California California50 Miles Miles

By Joel Heckman
on July 1, 2006

4.7out of 5

4 Riders rated

 Scenery

 Road Quality

 Roadside Amenities

Written Directions

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.

Scenery

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.

Road Quality

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.

Roadside Amenities

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.

Additional Info

- View the weather forecast for this area from Yahoo weather .

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By sgoetz628
on June 18, 2016 1 out of 1 members found this review useful.

5.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2012

Motorcycle Make Suzuki

Motorcycle Type Sport-Touring

If you like tight twisties, this is the road for you. Omg! Virtually every turn, and there are lots of them, is banked perfectly. The pavement, as of May 2016, is in perfect condition. And the traffic, when I rode it - a Saturday afternoon in mid-May, was virtually nonexistent. I rode down maybe 15 miles of its roughly 20 miles of really good (curvy) stuff, turned around and went back up 5 miles, then down again. In all that time I encountered exactly one car.

Having ridden just about anything worth riding in the eastern US, as well as most good twisties in Northern California, I find this to be the best tight twisties road ever. And dang, what a find!!!

Make the effort. It will be worth it.

PS - the main entrance into Sequoia is a hoot too! Just get to it early if it's summer

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By Guest
on May 17, 2008 1 out of 1 members found this review useful.

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Motorcycle Year 2007

Motorcycle Make Yamaha

Motorcycle Type Sport

ridden this road twice it's called the 245. Has lots of twisties, but lots of blind sharp turns. Rode in winter, and recently at beginning of May. Nice views, be carful of debris in road, those pine cones, and small rocks will get u.

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By White Wolf
on May 7, 2016 0 out of 1 members found this review useful.

5.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2015

Motorcycle Make Ducati Diavel

Motorcycle Type Sport-Touring

Unbelievably fantastic road!!! Took this road in May 2015. I traveled from north to south. The northern part of this road is tight twisty after twisty after twisty! A sport bike riders dream! Honestly, I had to pull up a few times just to catch my breath. The longest straight in this section is about 100 feet. Great pavement. Banked corners. Didn't see a single car on a Saturday! Did see some cows on the hwy though lol. By the time you get to the straighter sections, you're thankful for the break! This road will wear you out in a good way. Highly, highly recommend for sport/sport tour riders. Guys on Harley's won't have any pegs left when they're done! Couldn't tell you what the scenery is like because I was to busy trail braking into the corner after corner after corner after corner, for miles and miles, with no other soul on the road.

Be sure to fuel up because there is NO GAS anywhere on this road.

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By Guest
on July 27, 2010 0 out of 0 members found this review useful.

4.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2006

Motorcycle Make Harley-Davidson

Motorcycle Type Sport

Beautiful Run. the road does get real windy on a harley and you will be going a bit slow but the scenery is awesome!

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