Coming from
Northern California
Coming from the Sacramento area or further north, heading south on Hwy 99, you save an hour by cutting off at Madera. As you near Madera, take the Cleveland Ave. exit. At the stoplight, turn left and come back across and over Hwy 99. Then you will cross Golden State Ave. and the Southern Pacific Railroad tracks. The road is a little confusing at this point because it veers to the right then again to the left. Just stay on Cleveland Ave. through Madera approximately 1.5 miles and and it will sweep right and to a "Stop" sign at Yosemite Ave. (Hwy 145). Turn left and stay on Hwy 145. You will come to a stop light at Hwy 41. Do not turn, just cross Hwy 41 on to the next stop sign which will be Road 206. Turn right and after a couple of miles you will see Friant Dam on your left and then you will cross the San Joaquin River. The road will end at the community of Friant. Turn left and follow Millerton Road past Lake Millerton on your left. Continuing on Millerton Road you will see a large golf course on the right then the Table Mountain Casino on the left. Continue to the dead end at Auberry Road. On your left is Millerton store. Turn left and continue up Auberry Road approximately nine miles to Prather. From the stop sign in Prather, turn left and take Hwy 168 to the next stop sign. You will turn left and head up the famous "4-lane" for approximately eight miles. Then 168 narrows down again. You will go by Cressman's Store and Texaco Gas Station. This will be the cheapest place to buy gas after you leave the valley. The elevation at Cressman's is approximately 4800'. Continue up Hwy 168 approximately six miles to Shaver Lake, which is the focal point for The Shaver Basin.