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Old 01-19-2011, 06:21 PM   #1
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Easiest Route Across the Rockies

Hi all,
We traveling from Wisconsin to Oregon this spring and I am wondering what's the best route with the least amount of grade and curves. We are planning on going either through Colorado or Wyoming. Any thoughts? Thanks in advance.
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Old 01-19-2011, 06:52 PM   #2
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best route, least extreme grades

I would recommend I80 across Wyoming, pretty boring, compared to Colorado, but a lot less grade, the high point is about 8300ft between Laramie and Cheyenne, gradual climb.

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Old 01-19-2011, 06:53 PM   #3
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I 80 across Wyoming, to I-84 to Portland, and then I-5 south to Eugene (if you are headed south...to Sutton's maybe?) The first time I drove it I figured it'd be faster cutting across Oregon - but it's mostly two lanes through the very steep Cascades. Weather is also still iffy in the spring in the Cascades.

What a great drive - I'm envious!
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Follow up question. Got any great camping spots along I-80?
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Plenty of places to stay along the corridor. The only warning (with a small coach, you should not be too concerned) I've give would be "Cabbage Hill", "Emigrant Hill", "Deadman's Pass", "Meacham Summit", all the same pass on I-84 east of Pendleton, OR. It's a nasty downgrade with a great view of the west. Once you do the "drop", you'll always remember it.!
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I am planning on taking my wife to the Tetons for the first time. I Can't wait to see her face when she sees them for the first time.

Anyone know any good TT friendly spots near Jackson, WY?
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Something to think about for your return, we take Hy 2, it runs from Duluth into Seatle. Not a lot of truck traffic, nice and easy. We will be taking the Bambi to Tacoma sometime this summer.
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What are you towing with as I-70 is so beautiful, I would at least consider it, I love that route and it's supposed to be one of the most scenic drives in the US through the Rockies.
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Hi all,
We traveling from Wisconsin to Oregon this spring and I am wondering what's the best route with the least amount of grade and curves...
my preference is 80/84 and the entry into oregon along the columbia is spectacular.

the mythical northwest passage along this river/valley is 1 of the greatest drives on the planet.

and the entire route beats the crap outta anything through colo' on all counts

(traffic, scenery, camping, fuel prices, history, local people and so on...)

but define spring...

ALL of the northern routes have grade and a lot of elevation changes

and big winds which may be worse than curves.

and IF this trip is anytime before MAY, all the northern routes may have weather issues.

so the best early spring route wound be i35 south to i10 west then i5 north into duck land.



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What are you towing with as I-70 is so beautiful, I would at least consider it, I love that route and it's supposed to be one of the most scenic drives in the US through the Rockies.
Agree, you're not towing a 34 tri-axle but are at the opposite end of the spectrum. However we don't know what your tow vehicle is. If it's a half ton truck or equivalent you'll be fine for about anything.

Warning: go slower on the downhills. Serious accidents occur when the trailer starts swaying or pushing the tow vehicle. I've been forced by heavy truck traffic to do downhills at 70 mph on the PA turnpike and west of Charlottesville on I-64. No problems... BUT if I'd blown a tire or the trailer had gotten hit with a strong crosswind? Now I try to traverse those stretches at the crack of dawn while the truckers are having breakfast. On any road where there's a warning about a long downgrade be super alert. No radio, no cell phone, no talking no distractions. If you're going 45mph and your trailer starts to sway, a quick hand on the brake controller lever to tap the trailer brakes will pull you back in line. At 70 mph, if something goes wrong, you might not be able to react fast enough.

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What's this everybody heading west? Did somebody leave the gate open on east gate?
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I tow with a V6 Toyota Tacoma. Pulled all this year throughout Wisconsin with no issues. She pulled like a dream, not sure if that is due to the truck or the trailer. Not a lot of grade in Wisconsin though.

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We are leaving at the beginning of the last week of April and returning the end of the first week in May.
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What's this everybody heading west? Did somebody leave the gate open on east gate?
No one left the gate open, we just have the keys. We are originally from Oregon and want to see the homeland again.
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We traveling from Wisconsin to Oregon this spring and I am wondering what's the best route with the least amount of grade and curves. We are planning on going either through Colorado or Wyoming. Any thoughts? Thanks in advance.
I 80. Takes you through southern Wyoming and into Salt Lake City. Then you can pick up I 84 and branch off on which ever US or interstate route gets you to the part of Oregon you wish. If you do not go to Portland you will have to cross on last pass in Oregon.
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