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Old 01-31-2013, 08:26 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I'm taking a trip in the bc at yosemite in march, then planning mammouth or tahoe. Any recommendations about where to fly to?
Do rental cars come with chains there?
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Usually they do not and they don't endorse you putting them on because of damage they can do to the undercarriage. I did, however, buy chains one year and used them on a Rental. There are a ton of places that sell chains along the way to the mountains. Many gas stations have them for an upcharge. That being said, 4wd would suffice. From Yosemite, to either Mammoth or SLT, you'll probably have to travel the Western Valley, around the Sierras. Tioga is guaranteed to be closed over the Pass, so South Lake Tahoe will probably be your best bet. Kirkwood will be on your way.
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Where are you camping / backpacking in yosemite? Around the valley / western part of the park or in the high country / eastern part? Are you riding the bc in yosemite? Like neednsnow said, driving over the sierra isn't possible in the winter except thru tahoe or hundreds of miles south.

Tioga pass (back gate of the yosemite high country) will be closed til May at the earliest, however there is parking near the road closure where people leave from for bc adventures. If this where your bc trip is the easiest airport would be mammoth, as its about an hour or less from Tioga pass. But a cheaper option could be Carson city, and driving down to Tioga pass. If your yosemite trip is thru the valley or the western part of the park, the best airport to fly into is fresno.

Departing airports would depend on if your gonna ride mammoth (mammoth airport) or tahoe (carson city airport) after yosemite. I'm not super familiar with tahoe / Carson city, so there may be better airport options, that other people could chime in on.

And I don't know about chains and rental cars. Chains will certainly be in stores in both areas.
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Airport is in Reno, not Carson.
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I'm taking a trip in the bc at yosemite in march, then planning mammouth or tahoe. Any recommendations about where to fly to?
Do rental cars come with chains there?
I don't even think they offer car rentals at Mammoth yet, so if you fly into all LA surrounding Airports they are equally far, but it does matter what time if day you come in.
Basically you can fly into:

Burbank, Ontario, Long Beach, LAX, Or John Wayne (Orange County) but this one will add 50 minutes to an already long drive.

LAX has 24 hr car rental not sure about the rest. LAX also has the worse car rental layout of any airport I've been to

Palmdale/Lancaster (I think they still have an airport) this is the only airport you can fly into and save time, but you are talking only about a 30-60 minutes over the rest.

The drive from Ontario and John Wayne has long straight dark 2 lane roads that are roller, a cars head light pop up on you from no where.

Obey those 25 and 35 MPH signs , go over 75 on the open and you are asking for it.

Sporting goods stores and chains are plentiful. You'll be able to find chain 10 minutes from anywhere in LA even though the snow is 2 hours away.
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