This will be a 3-day loop along the less-travelled Sierra Vista Scenic Byway. We'll drive to Bass lake and leave the cars there for 3 days. We'll camp along the way, the campgrounds are mostly free, with limited amenities. This will be a lot of climbing, so not for those who hate climbing. It's remote and absolutely gorgeous up there. High altitude, could be cold-ish. Will need to pack food for 3 days. Approximate route is http://goo.gl/bxUf4 . Details to follow closer to the time.
Some of the road will be gravel. The rest is paved. Traffic should be limited.
On Friday night, we're driving and camping at Wishon point campground, near Bass Lake. We'll need to find a spot where we can leave the cars for 3 days. Elevation of about 3000ft.
On Saturday, we'll ride 30 miles (ascent 3000ft) to Rock creek campground, at an altitude of 4,600ft. There are some swimming opportunities apparently: swimming holes and a rock water slide! Here is a map (http://www.mapmyride.com/routes/view/126527935). I don't actually have reservations, so we might have to camp somewhere near, or just be random. It's a national forest so it's pretty flexible as long as we stay a little off the roads and off the rivers.
On Sunday, we'll ride another 30 miles (ascent 3100ft) to Clover Meadow campground (altitude of 7000ft). Here's a map (http://www.mapmyride.com/routes/view/126528975).
On Monday, we'll ride 35 miles, mostly downhill (ascent 1200ft), through Beasore road and back to Wishon cove! Map (http://www.mapmyride.com/routes/view/126530155).
Here's a map (http://goo.gl/LWUdy) of the Sierra Vista Scenic Byway where you can see more of the campgrounds and features on the road. On Saturday and Sunday, we might not stay at the proper campgrounds, but instead find our own cool spots. So be prepared for very limited, possibly inexistent amenities. Bring a water filter if you have one, we'd definitely pick a spot near a water source.
There are a few miles that are definitely unpaved (apparently 20miles). There will be stores and cafes in Bass Lake for Saturday morning, but then nothing until at the very least Monday lunch, when we'll ride past Jones store. So you need to pack 3 days' worth of food really!
The first two days pack a lot of climbing. The distances are fairly short, but we will be going up and up and up for a lot of the day! The area is very scenic, and the further end of the loop (day 2) is quite remote, so that should be worth all the climbing :)
Carpooling spreadsheet here (https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0Ahf0Z-J3dHSmdHEtbnRkc2VaOU1xZUR1YXRUUFNMQlE)!