Best town to live in close to Yosemite


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KP Ariza

Mar 18, 2013 - 08:04pm PT
Iv'e logged drive time from Downtown Sonoma to Squaw entrance in under three on a few occasions. Made the Ditch proper in 3 hours 15 minutes as well. You're right though, gotta go at key times and hit it a bit hard. Monday through Thursday 10:00am start time and the asphalt seas part for you.

With SF 40 minutes away and Stinson Beach and the North Coast of Sonoma not much further, Wine Country ain't a bad place to be.
Captain...or Skully

Mar 18, 2013 - 08:06pm PT
No way, Man.....Ir's Visalia.
Grow somethin', will ya?

Mar 18, 2013 - 08:17pm PT
After 30-some years in the Central Valley, I know it sucks. Bad air. High crime. Gang bangers galore. Chronic unemployment. Low wages. No culture. Bad schools. Bubbas in pick-ups. Very low Ipad-to-population ratio. Few hybrids on the potholed roads. Churches on every corner. Rampant Ill literacy. Tweakers who will pull your fillings for the scrap metal. Hell, if you got any metal in anything larger than 2 gauge in your ear, the tweakers will scrap that too. English is the second language - even for thems that got ‘Merican as a native langwage. You’d be hecka batshit crazy to move to the Central Valley.

I like it here.


Trad climber
Bishop, CA
Mar 18, 2013 - 08:24pm PT
Sacramento, Davis, and Chico are the best towns in the central valley, all of them are pretty far from Yosemite.

Be aware that the central valley is HOT HOT HOT in the summer. The air quality is also awful (especially if there are a few fires burning). The air is bad enough to negatively impact life. Air quality and temperature are noticeably better in the Sacramento area than they are in Fresno.

Fresno has over a million people and despite that it is tough to find a shop that isn't walmart and food that isn't fast. I agree that there is a lot of climbing within 2 hours or so, but very little within an hour. The hospital in Fresno has one of the best trauma centers in the state, mostly due to the amount violence in the area.

Modesto is worse than Fresno.

Visalia is better than anything else in the southern part of the central valley, but not that much closer to Yosemite than Sacramento, which is a way better place to live.

I don't know many people who live in Bishop who get to Yosemite Valley much, the pass is of course open in the fall which is the best time to climb there, but it is still a haul and the likelihood of getting stuck behind slow traffic on Tioga Pass is high, you're looking at 3.5hrs or so.

No ideal place to live that is near Yosemite.

this just in

north fork
Mar 18, 2013 - 08:29pm PT
Fresno does not have over a million people and it doesn't smell like sh#t until you reach Tulare.
My best advice would be the foothills and commute to the city whichever you choose. Oakhurst is a bigger mountain town and probably the closest thing to what you're looking for. Lots of cheap houses around right now too.

Sport climber
Mar 18, 2013 - 08:31pm PT
How old are you?

Somewhere out there
Mar 18, 2013 - 08:36pm PT
Bishop Ca.

Best place, sport year round, super hot, super cold, just need a place to work and your golden.
Patrick Sawyer

Originally California now Ireland
Mar 18, 2013 - 08:46pm PT
I'd suggest Dalkey, Ireland... perhaps not much of a help and we may not be here much longer. Council housing in some hell hole probably (Ballybrack, Sallynoggin, who knows).

But if you are one of the super rich who live here (Dalkey/Killiney), hop on your jet and Yosemite Valley is not that far.

Super rich need accountants.

We are not super rich, I had to sell the jet last week.

Seriously, having lived outside of California for many years (my native state), I'd say...


Okay, just joking,..

Lodi is...

Too near to Escalon.

San Francisco... beats most cities in the world, just cold summers.

Don't listen to me, as I am out of touch... but I miss California. I stay in ireland for Jennie's sake (she hates it here, and she is Irish, but free medical care and such... which she needs). Go West young man.

Chico, Auburn, Jackson, Napa, Sonora (uh, Dingus can tell you more, I lived in the Sonora area for over three years but that was in the 1970s, but is has grown and changed).

Merced? Fresno? I just don't know. Good luck and best wishes.


MB of the Central Valley

kingsburg, CA
Mar 18, 2013 - 08:52pm PT
I think JE in the early post nailed Fresno. I would only add: if you want to participate in your community, its important issues, and you are comfortable living and working in the red part of the blue state, you'll be fine in the greater Fresno to Visalia realm. The access is great, but you have to love to drive. Out the door after work requires a vehicle and some added drive time, for sure. You ought to know that religious conservatism is the dominate ruling paradigm. At least that was my world. Thought I would share my perspective.

Trad climber
Bishop, CA
Mar 18, 2013 - 08:56pm PT
Fresno, Clovis, Madera, and other towns in the area are usually counted toward metropolitan fresno's total, which is over 1 million. It seems to be more relevant of a measure than the arbitrary boundary between fresno and it's suburbs, but whatever.

Mar 18, 2013 - 09:00pm PT
woodfords cali. lol

Kennewick wa
Mar 18, 2013 - 09:02pm PT
the foothill towns are great...

if you like meth.

Trad climber
El Dorado Hills, CA
Mar 18, 2013 - 09:03pm PT
You're from louisville. I spend time in louisville.
Go to Sacramento and enjoy a better quality of life.
Look at the surrounding suburbs... Folsom and El Dorado hills get you an hour from lovers Leap, Under 3.5hours from Yos Valley Floor.

I love living in El Dorado Hills.

EDIT: so it makes sense ;)
Patrick Sawyer

Originally California now Ireland
Mar 18, 2013 - 09:05pm PT
I have just done a bit of research...

...Fresno doesn't seem that bad nowadays (but I could be wrong).

As for me, Jennie and I need to be by the sea AND mountains. Kamchatka. Cold though.

Charlie Porter has it right, in Chile, and Guido (Joe McKeown), too. South Pacific, New Zealand, Santa Cruz (used to surf there). I am so envious

Go West, young man, there are a lot of opportunities.

I am ignorant, but I would start with Fresno, feel your way around and then make a bigger decision.

But don't take my advice, I am broke and could use your accountancy services.
Charlie D.

Trad climber
Western Slope, Tahoe Sierra
Mar 18, 2013 - 09:31pm PT

GhoulweJ speaks the truth, the Highway 50 corridor with it's access to professional and higher paying jobs is a place to consider from Davis/Sacramento to Pollock Pines and the Tahoe Basin. I live at 3,000 ft. in the Apple Hill area near the foothill community of Camino an old lumber town just east of Placerville. I ski all winter and climb all shoulder seasons and summer within a half or an hour of my house. We hit the Valley in the spring and fall and TM in the summer both three hours + a few minutes from our door to granite.

Please srbphoto, show me anywhere in rural America where meth isn't a problem (Hanford has it's own toxic issues, sorry for taking a jab) I for one find the Tea Party here in the foothills as annoying but not as lethal, at least I don't think so.

The Sierra Foothills are changing dramatically as urban climbers and skiers are trying to figure out how to live close to their passions. The communities here are incredible the best thing I ever did was moving from San Diego to Placerville in 1978.

If you find yourself along the corridor send me a PM, as a business owner with offices in Placerville, Sacramento and SLC I can provide you a good perspective. Best of luck!!!

Charlie D.
Captain...or Skully

Mar 18, 2013 - 09:41pm PT
Visalia is near Sequoia. That's a whole 'nuther place. It's like Yosemite Plus some stuff & minus others.
Don't get in a rut, peoples.
the Fet

Mar 18, 2013 - 10:05pm PT
the best thing I ever did was moving from San Diego to Placerville in 1978.

Wow pretty high praise considering SD has the best weather in the world and great beaches.

Lots of solid info above. No really good cities close to Yosemite.

I like the Sacramento area far better than the bay area. The weathers not as good but there's not 40 mile traffic jams going out and in every weekend.

Sac is an ok city.

The foothills east of sac are a good compromise for me. Auburn, I80 is better for skiing. Placerville, 50 is better for climbing.

Any of these options close to the Sierra is so much better than the humid East.
Charlie D.

Trad climber
Western Slope, Tahoe Sierra
Mar 18, 2013 - 10:09pm PT
^^^ Highway 50 has the best backcountry skiing in the the Tahoe Sierra, the Interstate 80 corridor has the best resorts.

Trad climber
El Dorado Hills, CA
Mar 18, 2013 - 10:10pm PT
My house has the best wine.... I'm on Hwy 50.
Charlie D.

Trad climber
Western Slope, Tahoe Sierra
Mar 18, 2013 - 10:22pm PT
^^^ once again GhoulweJ speaks the truth, wait is there any left???
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