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Peaks & Passes Tour — 10 days

mountains of the eastern SierraThe beautiful Sierra-Nevada Mountains form the centerpiece of this great tour as we ride the western foothills through the historic California gold country. Once into the central Sierras, we'll ride through Sequoia, Kings Canyon and Yosemite National Parks as we cross the mountains on the Ebbetts, Monitor, Sonora and Walker passes. The roads are great fun and the scenery is unbelievable!

Note: This tour is for experienced riders only. Each day includes lots of twisty mountain roads that are sometimes narrow and steep. The scenery is fabulous and the riding is like nothing you'll find anywhere else, but it can be a bit challenging even for the most experienced riders. (This tour is Fred's favorite!)

• Maximum group size: six riders

Peaks & Passes Tour includes:

  • Eleven nights hotel accommodation, double occupancy
  • Ten days Harley rental including mileage and fuel
  • Welcome/get-acquainted dinner
  • Breakfast, lunch, and dinner each tour day
  • Departure/farewell dinner on the last day
  • Professional guide
  • Daily riding itineraries and maps
  • Liability and physical damage insurance
  • Airport transfers
  • Taxes

Peaks & Passes Tour — PRICES:

For 10-days:

$4,875 — Harley Big Twin

$2,450 — Passenger/companion

single room supplement – $1,050
*Group discounts available*

 

Peaks & Passes Tour— DATES:

Arrive Saturday, ride Sunday – Tuesday


2018 dates

Arrive Sept 8, ride 9th thru 18th

 


If you would like to arrive earlier or stay longer, we can assist you with accommodations and travel arrangements.

::DAY-BY-DAY ITINERARY::

Peaks & Passes Tour — 10 days

Day 1, Sunday. San Diego to Big Bear Lake (190 miles)

We start our adventure by exploring some of the San Diego County backroads as we ride through Temecula and Oak Glen before climbing more than 6000 feet [1800 meters] into the San Bernardino Mountains. We'll ride along the Rim-of-the-World highway to the beautiful mountain resort of Big Bear Lake.

Day 2, Monday. Big Bear Lake to Kernville (210 miles)

We ride past Silverwood Lake before crossing the Cajon Junction on our way to Wrightwood. We drop to the high desert and ride next to Edwards Air Force Base (the alternate landing site for the Space Shuttle) before crossing the Tehachapi Summit. We reach the southern Sierras and historic Walker Basin near Lake Isabella before arriving in Kernville and our destination near the Kern River.

Day 3, Tuesday. Kernville to Kings Canyon (170 miles)

twisty road signsWe'll go up and down the mountains about a hundred times (or so it will seem) as we go north along the western slope of the Sierras. There are several photo ops before continuing to our destination at Grant Grove near the top of Kings Canyon. Grant Grove is a beautiful stand of Giant Sequoia trees that have to be seen to be believed.

Day 4, Wednesday. Kings Canyon to Oakhurst (120 miles)

We'll have a relatively short day with time to explore Kings Canyon National Park before we ride more fun mountain roads as we continue north on the edge of the Sierras. We'll pass more lakes and rivers than we can count on our way to Oakhurst and the southern end of Highway 49, named in honor of the "49ers" of gold rush fame.

Day 5, Thursday. Oakhurst to Jamestown (185 miles)

From Oakhurst, we ride scenic highway 41 into Yosemite National Park. If we get an early start, we'll ride out to Glacier Point which overlooks the Yosemite Valley. Yosemite has to be one of the most beautiful places on earth! We'll have plenty of time for photos and exploring the Yosemite Valley before we ride more fun roads in the Sierra foothills on our way to the historic town of Jamestown on Hwy 49.

Day 6, Friday. Jamestown to Jamestown (240 miles)

You might think this a day off, but NO! It's a chance to ride Ebbetts Pass, Monitor Pass and Sonora Pass which takes us up over 9000 feet [2700 meters] before returning us to Jamestown. This is a fantastic day of riding with great scenery as a bonus!

Day 7, Saturday. Jamestown to Camp Nelson (210 miles)

We'll ride the foothills for 90 miles before dropping into the Central Valley and skirting around the city of Fresno. We've got lots of fun (and challenging) roads to explore as we wind our way through the Sierra foothills. We end the day in Camp Nelson, about 5,000 feet elevation in the western Sierras.

Day 8, Sunday.Camp Nelson to Kernville (70 or 210 miles)

Sequoia National ParkThe road out of Camp Nelson takes us into the Sequoia National Forest before we pick up the Kern River and follow it south towards Kernville. This is an easy day that allows for alternative activities or just relaxing by the river once we near Kernville. For those who want more riding, there is the Sherman Pass road which will take us up over 9200 feet (2800 meters) before looping back towards Kernville on Walker Pass. This is definitely the long way but the roads and scenery are worth the effort — and not a freeway or major highway within 100 miles!

Day 9, Monday. Kernville to Crestline/Lake Gregory(190 miles)

From Kernville, we'll ride south through the Walker basin and the Tehachapi mountains before descending to the high desert. We'll continue south to the San Gabriel Mountains for a great ride on the Angeles Crest Highway - one of the great motorcycle roads in America (or anywhere!). From there we'll continue into the San Bernadino mountains to the community of Crestline at nearly 4,500 feet (2100 meters) altitude, in the pine trees.

Day 10, Tuesday. Crestline to San Diego (180 miles)

We'll ride the Rim-of-the-World highway before descending to Yucaipa and Oak Glen. We'll continue through scenic inland valleys before stopping for lunch in old town Temecula. We've got a few more fun roads left before returning to San Diego. What a great 10 days of riding! Our farewell dinner provides an opportunity to reflect on the beauty we have seen, the adventures we have experienced, and to reinforce the friendships we have established with our fellow riders that often last a lifetime.


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