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#25577 - 07/02/12 09:08 PM Best Driving Directions from Lone Pine to Mineral King?
Elwood Offline


Registered: 07/02/12
Posts: 4
Loc: Santee, Ca.
Hello! We're planning a 4-day hike from Mineral King to Whitney! I'm looking for the best driving directions from Lone Pine to Mineral King! Map Quest & Google Maps has me driving all the way west to Bakersfield, but looking at the map, it looks shorter taking route 155NW out of Lake Isabella, to 65N to Porterville, then 65W to Lindsay, then 245N to 198NE to Three Rivers. Has anyone taking this route, or are there any opinions? Thanks, Elwood

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#25578 - 07/02/12 09:59 PM Re: Best Driving Directions from Lone Pine to Mineral King? [Re: Elwood]
Eugene K Offline


Registered: 08/15/11
Posts: 40
Loc: San Diego, CA
It's shorter, but it's not necessarily faster. 178 is reasonably straight and has four lanes, 99 is a freeway, 155 is twisty and has two lanes, 65 is straight but, again, only two lanes. Google makes its recommendation because it figures that you'll be averaging 39 mph on 178W and 50 mph on 65N.

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#25579 - 07/02/12 10:25 PM Re: Best Driving Directions from Lone Pine to Mineral King? [Re: Elwood]
energ92345 Offline


Registered: 03/30/12
Posts: 4
Loc: ca
Hwy 65 is heavily patrolled.

245 you will be dodging fruit pickers

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#25582 - 07/02/12 11:49 PM Re: Best Driving Directions from Lone Pine to Mineral King? [Re: Elwood]
Steve C Offline


Registered: 09/22/09
Posts: 7785
Loc: Fresno, CA
I drive Fresno to Lone Pine, and sometimes take the route from Bakersfield through Isabella, and other times Bakersfield through Tehachapi.

Google reports the Tehachapi route to be 13 miles farther and 3 minutes longer. But for ease of driving, the Tehachapi route is much better. The Isabella route has some terribly winding sections, and all the rest is two lane. If you get behind a line of cars, you're stuck. However, the Isabella route is prettier, so if you are traveling during the day, it is worth considering.

It has been a number of years since I took the 155 out of Isabella, and it seemed to go on forever! The endless slow curves was mind-numbing. It was one of those "never again" experiences.

That stretch of one-lane between Three Rivers to Mineral King will probably be all the slow road you can stand. Google shows "27.6 mi, 1 hour 4 mins Mineral King Rd"

If I were driving, I'd go Visalia, Bakersfield, Tehachapi.

And best of luck on the hike! What route out of Mineral King are you taking? It should be fun seeing Whitney from the pass, before getting there 2-3 days later.

And we definitely want a report, both of the hike, AND your driving route. smile

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#25601 - 07/03/12 10:31 AM Re: Best Driving Directions from Lone Pine to Mineral King? [Re: Steve C]
Elwood Offline


Registered: 07/02/12
Posts: 4
Loc: Santee, Ca.
Thanks! Everyone, After reading all your posts, I think we'll go conservative! Tehachapi, Bakersfield, Visalia. How many hours should it take us to drive from Lone Pine to Three Rivers, excluding the hour+ to Mineral King?
Many years ago, we hiked over Sawtooth Pass in route to climb Black Kaweah, but I've never been over Franklin Pass. Does anyone have a recommendation?
Also, in a couple of weeks, when we return, I'll do a trip report, to incude photos. If I can figure-out how to add them. Ha!

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#25625 - 07/03/12 03:38 PM Re: Best Driving Directions from Lone Pine to Mineral King? [Re: Elwood]
Steve C Offline


Registered: 09/22/09
Posts: 7785
Loc: Fresno, CA
I think the 4.5 hours Google Maps gives for Lone Pine - Three Rivers is pretty close. Of course if you stop for food....

I've been over Glacier Pass and Blackrock Pass on the way to Mt Kaweah, but not Sawtooth or Franklin passes. Hmmmmm... Looking at the online map ( Mineral King using Gmap4 ), seems Glacier and Blackrock might get you to Whitney quicker.

As for uploading pictures, the Picture Gallery has a link at the top with instructions.


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#25633 - 07/03/12 05:02 PM Re: Best Driving Directions from Lone Pine to Mineral King? [Re: Steve C]
saltydog Offline


Registered: 02/03/11
Posts: 1566
Loc: Valley Ford CA!!!!
And save your lunch money for Murray Family Farms along rt 58 just outside of Bakersfield. The sign says "Fruit Stand", but don't believe it: the place is a fresh and dried fruit and nut smoothie ice cream zillion kinds of trail mix emporium. With a view.
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#25637 - 07/03/12 07:21 PM Re: Best Driving Directions from Lone Pine to Mineral King? [Re: saltydog]
Elwood Offline


Registered: 07/02/12
Posts: 4
Loc: Santee, Ca.
Saltydog, Good tip! Always looking for side stuff. Is Brew Bakers still making beer in Visalia? Because we might be thirsty by the time we round the Southern Sierra!

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