Thanks - hadn't seen the first link yet. Eastern Sierra portion of the trip I plan on riding in order - the Death Ride (excluding Carsons pass), Mosquito Flat, White Mountain, the Horseshoe Meadows + Whitney portal double and finally Onion Valley Rd before heading to CO. Would you recommend either Sonora Pass or Tioga Pass over the Death ride climbs?
Good call on excluding Carson Pass. Are you hitting up "Blue Lakes" instead? (It's worth it - exceptionally beautiful.) (Then again, all the roads out there are breathtaking.) (Literally.)
I wouldn't pass up the Death Ride climbs, personally. The Tioga pass is amazing, for sure, and possibly unlike any other canyon climb I've done at least visually, but either you're heading into Yosemite National Park or you're turning around back to the start. Riding in Yosemite is, as you would expect gorgeous, but it can be harrowing: the roads are often filled with people driving rented caravans, tourists, and others that don't realize the low speed limit, nor have any good sense of the width of their vehicle, nor how to pay attention to other users of the road. Barring all that, riding in Yosemite can be a treat.
Tioga by itself is rather short and if you're a decent climber (which I assume you are!) you can even park your vehicle somewhere near the 395/Mono Lake, ride up Tioga to Yosemite - maybe do a few more miles in Yosemite, then head back down for a thrilling decent. Only a few hours and you're back on the road to your next cycling destination.
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