We are planning our California trip for the summer. I've heard traffic can be brutal from Disneyland heading up north. We plan to leave for Seqouia National Park on Tues, July 2nd or Wed, July 3rd (still trying to decide if we need a 5th day at DLR LOL!). We don't mind leaving early in the morning if need be. My current plan is to leave at 7am, getting to Hume Lake in about 6 hours, so around 1ish or so. Is that realistic? Google Maps shows it at about a 5 hour drive. I know sitting in rush hour traffic will drive us bananas - so is going earlier/later better? Ideally we get there by 3pm - but if getting there later means avoiding rush hour, that could well be worth it. On a flip note, what about the drive back? We are headed back on Saturday morning and want to be at LAX by 12pm (for a 2pm flight). Will there be a lot of traffic headed to LAX from the north at around 11am? I've been Google searching like crazy - but struggling to find detailed info - everyone just says to avoid rush hour. I'm just not sure which roads will be jammed during rush hour. Thanks!!