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    Where do you guys park when you go to Joaquin Miller? After reading posts of car break ins...looking for a safe place to park that is close to the trails

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    Ranger station

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    I park at Sequoia Bayview trailhead on Skyline.

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    I park at the Richard Trudeau conference center off of Skyline. It's pretty open and visible, and the extra climb up to redwood bowl adds some miles.

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    i was broken in to at the Sequoia Bay view trail head,a friend was broken in there twice.Park either at Bishops walk trail head or at the ranger station or Trudeau center.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rangeriderdave View Post
    i was broken in to at the Sequoia Bay view trail head,a friend was broken in there twice.Park either at Bishops walk trail head or at the ranger station or Trudeau center.
    Yikes. Is Bishops Walk at the top of Big Trees Trail? Or is that the one down by the West-East Ridge connector trail?

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    I typically park on Skyline at Sequoia Bayview but I normally ride weekend mornings when it is so busy I am not too worried about break-ins. I also leave nothing valuable in the car and keep doors unlocked.

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    The Trudeau center lot has rashes of break-ins as well.

    All of the lots and roadside parking areas do.

    Definitely don't leave anything visible in a vehicle, and don't leave valuable stuff even if it is hidden. People will keep breaking into cars as long as they get rewarded for it.

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    I prefer parking at the Ranger Station.

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    I tend to park at the bottom of Bishops. But I also don't use a gearbag so it might be the loose dirty/stinky laundry that deters break ins?

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    Ranger station, every time.
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    If its middle of the day, I feel safe enough parking anywhere on Skyline with all the traffic. But for a nite ride, Ranger Station or Bishop's for sure.

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    I have seen broken windows, or glass from broken windows at all spots mentioned, over the last 10 years. Been riding there about 20 yrs, but the break ins got really bad about 10-12 yrs ago. I never park near the park, always 1/2 mile away in any of the neighborhoods. I attempt to park in a way that it looks like my truck is at a particular house, vs "no mans land". Good luck!

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    I usually park at the bottom by bishops walk. I havenít been broken into yet, but it doesnít mean it canít happen I donít even leave a charging cord visible.


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    I stopped driving up there about a year ago. Just too much broken window glass on the ground everywhere. I've been lucky to have never had a window smashed up there. Instead, I ride up tunnel road. Adds a 30min hill climb warmup to the ride, which I try to justify in my mind as "training". Sucks to have such a large percentage of the ride on pavement, but I see it as the only real option anymore.

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    Cars get broken into EVERYWHERE up there. I haven't seen a parking spot that hasn't been hit at JMP.

    I usually park on Joaquin Miller Rd, down at the bottom near the liquor store. So far I've been lucky, and I don't leave anything visible

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    Surprised at so many people thinking parking at Bishop's Walk and/or the Abbey is safe.

    That's easily where I see the most glass from break-ins. It's got to be the worst parking spot at JMP.

    Why not park a block away in the neighborhood off Butters or Hedge Streets?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brah View Post
    Surprised at so many people thinking parking at Bishop's Walk and/or the Abbey is safe.

    That's easily where I see the most glass from break-ins. It's got to be the worst parking spot at JMP.

    Why not park a block away in the neighborhood off Butters or Hedge Streets?


    Someone in an older JMP thread recommended parking in front of Fire Station #25 on Butters, and then ride up Bishops Walk.

    Works for me,

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    Chadbourne or Hedge

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    Wow, I must be an idiot! I've been riding there for a bit over a year. I'm always parked at the bottom of Bishop's, and I leave a bunch of gear visible in my car, AND I leave a trunk rack on there too!

    Thanks for the tip guys, I'm stuffing everything in the car, even if that means I've gotta take off the rack and all that.

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    Bottom of Bishops Walk, and at the upper and lower Big Trees trailheads is where I see the most broken glass.

    (not including the broken 40s at the top of Bishops, of course)
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