planet4ever wrote:Thanks for the report, Randy! I've been thinking about trying it from the Bay Area with the assistance of the Yosemite Lakes RV park (Hwy 120, 14 miles before you get to Crane Flat).
Pines RV Park just east of Groveland on Old Highway 120* has 50A( 240V), but IIRR Yosemite
Lakes doesn't. I stopped at Yosemite
Pines on the way up to check things out, and drove Hardin Flat road past Yosemite
Lakes, although I didn't stop. Yosemite
Pines also has 30A and 15A service right outside at a couple of Yurts they rent out. Both Old Hwy 120 and Hardin Lakes roads get you off 120 and allow you to drive slowly, as do Orange Blossom road east of Oakdale (very nice) and La Grange Road that is a short cut from west of Yosemite
Junction to Chinese Camp. I wouldn't try the latter if it's been raining much, as the road crosses several low spots that look like stream drainages.
If you're going for the Valley you should be able to make it from Yosemite
Pines, but Tuolumne is too far, and that may be the case from Yosemite
Lakes as well, although you might make it depending on what shape your battery's in. It looks like it's about 3 miles shorter, but 500 feet more climb than coming up from the Valley.
I located several possible L1 opportunities at locations in Tuolumne and at Crane Flat when I was up there the week before Randy, but using any of them is sort of a Blanche duBois situation - you're dependent on the kindness of strangers, who may or may not be willing to let you charge. The situation with the head campground ranger was the only official OK I was able to get in advance for Randy, and I think that was kind of a 'go ahead, but if anyone asks I've never heard of you' situation. And several of them won't be available much longer, once Tuolumne Lodge and many of the other visitor facilities shut down for the season in a couple of weeks.
Anyway, if you're thinking of trying it anytime soon I can fill you in on where they are. Hopefully, the proposal I'm writing for the Park Service and the concessionaire will eliminate the need for this next year, and we will have official charging stations at Crane Flat and/or Big Oak Flat, Tuolumne and Wawona too. That assumes the Park bureaucracy will move a lot faster than they have in my past dealings with them, but I can hope.
*I guess they thought it sounded better than First and Second Garrote roads, which is what they were named up until 10 or 15 years ago, sort of like Placerville changed its name from Hangtown. Edit: See http://www.google.com/search?q=first+ga ... =firefox-a
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