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PostFri Apr 16, 2021 8:22 am 
It looks like I might have the opportunity to visit family at Lake Tahoe this coming July.
My plan is to ride my motorcycle.  I have been looking at maps and have googled it...but...
I am hoping that someone here has a great route and would share it.
Thank you

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PostFri Apr 16, 2021 8:46 am 
I drove up from Baja in my MH a couple years ago along the eastern Sierra.    A few spots that were nice visits were:

Silver Falls State Parkin Oregon

Lava Beds National Monument.  The caves are neat and so are the nearby petroglyphs.

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PostMon Apr 19, 2021 11:29 pm 
Here's the deal with a drive. Comin' up california way oregon way. Look its all about that route gotta ensure the route. Real deal !!!!

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PostTue Apr 20, 2021 6:30 am 
Go through Gerlach, take that thing out on the Black Rock Desert.  Ride around Crater Lake.  The caves at the Lava Beds are a great place to cool down (it's going to be hot!) but I was there a few days ago and many of them were closed to protect the bats.  Tule Lake has a spectacular bird population but the road through it isn't paved and I'm not sure who you'd find in July.

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PostTue Apr 20, 2021 8:03 am 
Thank you for your comments...

This is the route that I have been looking at:

Seattle to Mt Shasta

From Mt Shasta... taking Hwy 89 to Hwy 44 to Hwy 36 into Susanville which turns into Hwy 395 and into Reno

Hwy 80 from Reno to Lake Tahoe

On paper this looks pretty good and like it could be an interesting ride as well as a somewhat direct route which I am kind of looking for.

Anyone ever taken this route to Lake Tahoe?... Anything I need to be aware of?

Thanks...

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PostTue Apr 20, 2021 8:21 am 
89/44 is long, winding, forested, with few views and lots of deer.  Drove it twice and hope to never again.  If you want direct, just do what google maps says, through Klamath Falls.

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PostTue Apr 20, 2021 8:21 am 
I90 to Ellensburg.
I82 to Toppenish.
US97 to La Pine
OR31 to Valley Falls
US395 to Tahoe

Lots of opportunity for short side trips
Avoids I5

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PostTue Apr 20, 2021 8:49 am 
neek wrote:
89/44 is long, winding, forested, with few views and lots of deer.

Thank you... Although I have deer whistles on my bike... a deer isn't your friend on a ride and I really don't want to find out that they don't "really" work... LOL

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PostTue Apr 20, 2021 8:52 am 
mike wrote:
I90 to Ellensburg.
I82 to Toppenish.
US97 to La Pine
OR31 to Valley Falls
US395 to Tahoe

Lots of opportunity for short side trips
Avoids I5

This route is looking pretty good and I love the idea of missing a lot of I-5, Seattle and Portland... up.gif  up.gif

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PostTue Apr 20, 2021 9:13 am 
A little longer...

E from Alturas over Warners to Cedarville then S picking up NV447  to I80 just E of Reno or to US50. All paved

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PostTue Apr 20, 2021 9:26 am 
half fast wrote:
This route is looking pretty good and I love the idea of missing a lot of I-5, Seattle and Portland... up.gif  up.gif

Did the Bend - Valley Falls portion on a bike (the pedal variety) tour a while ago; recommend the detour on Fort Rock Road which only adds a few miles and takes you by that somewhat interesting formation.  Also don't be disappointed, Summer Lake is not a lake in summer smile.gif

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PostTue Apr 20, 2021 9:56 am 
Summer Lake
Summer Lake
Summer Lk
Summer Lk
camas meadow near Alturas
camas meadow near Alturas
road to Ft Rock. (actually road from Ft Rock to Silver Lk if coming from N)
road to Ft Rock. (actually road from Ft Rock to Silver Lk if coming from N)
Ft Rock. Oldest shoe found in NA found at hump in background
Ft Rock. Oldest shoe found in NA found at hump in background

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PostTue Apr 20, 2021 12:58 pm 
mike wrote:
I90 to Ellensburg.
I82 to Toppenish.
US97 to La Pine
OR31 to Valley Falls
US395 to Tahoe

Lots of opportunity for short side trips
Avoids I5

I've driven this many times & this is my preferred route too

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PostTue Apr 20, 2021 2:24 pm 
Thanks everyone...

When I put those directions into google maps at full screen there seemed to be a couple sections that I was worried about.  Specifically the full screen didn't show any gas stations for some pretty long sections... I only get 45 mpg and only have a 5 gal. tank...

Then I took section by section in the areas that I was a bit concerned and there seems to be plenty of gas stations.... Right?

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PostTue Apr 20, 2021 2:43 pm 
I don't think it's a problem. ..

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