- Nov 18, 2013View SourceIn all my years of driving around the Sierras only twice have I turned around with my 2 wheel drive car. I sometimes made full use of the road (driving at 10 mph) to make sure I didn't hit a rock, but still had no problems. I've been as far Shaver Lake and the biggest issue other than the logging trucks (saw one on its side along the road) was the hot tar filling the cracks in the road. It felt like ice on the curves. Don't drive too fast and it isn't an issue.Kim
On Mon, Nov 18, 2013 at 12:27 PM, Shawn Peterson <pdawg893@...> wrote:My family lives in Shaver Lake on the way up to Kaiser pass VVR and Florence. The road does not need 4 wheel drive to get to Florence or VVR. However, if they are going to the bear diversion dam or anywhere off the main road a high clearance vehicle is highly recommended.The road is narrow and winding and requires pull outs in tight spaces at times when oncoming traffic meets.They will take highway 168 to Huntington lake and then the kaiser pass road.Drive time from Fresno/Madera to Shaver lake is 45-60 minutes. Drive time to VVR/ Florence from shaver lake is 1.5-2 additional hours.I drive that road 20-30 times a year so my drive time estimates are dependent on traffic, road conditions, logging trucks, and time of year you travel.On the way up stop in the Shaver Lake Deli and buy some "chunky bread" and tell my sister Alyssa I sent you.Shawn
On Nov 18, 2013, at 9:36 AM, Roleigh Martin <roleigh@...> wrote:
I have a friend who is considering hiking the JMT next year and leaving at either VVR or MTR. He has relatives in San Francisco and wants to know what the car ride is like to either Florence Lake or Vermillion Resort. Does one need a four wheel drive car for both destinations, or just one (which one)? Is the ride "rough on a car"? Anyone remember the amount of time to drive after leaving a decent highway?Thanks.