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Old 07-20-2016, 11:04 AM   #1
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Hwy 140 from Grants Pass area to I-80

Is anyone familiar with Hwy 140 from the Grants Pass area over to the I-80 area? This is the route apple maps is giving me from Crescent City, CA back to Jonesboro, AR.. Any problems towing thru that area?
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Old 07-20-2016, 11:32 AM   #2
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Looks okay using Google maps. Appears that route 140 follows a river, didn't notice a significant pass to cross. Once through Klamath Falls I assume you pick up Route 139 to 395. This is mainly high desert on large ancient lava flows so pretty flat. Probably slower than driving down I-5 to I-80, but prettier.
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Old 07-20-2016, 06:12 PM   #3
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That is one pass I haven't been on. According to the mountain directory between Medford and K Falls

OREGON HIGHWAY 140

(between Medford and Klamath Falls, OR)

"This westbound descent begins just east of Fish Lake and is over 16 miles in length. The summit is near milepost 34. The first 5 miles above and alongside the lake are stair stepping descent with short sections of 5% alternating with sections of mild grade. Near milepost 29 there is a warning sign for westbound traffic--"5% next 10 miles" and it is accurate. It's a good two lane road with occasional climbing lanes. The curves range from 35 to 55 mph.

The eastbound descent toward Upper Klamath Lake is in several widely separated sections and none are steeper than 6% or longer 2 miles."
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I have been through Blizzard Gap though from Lake View to the Nevada line. I wouldn't want to tow on it.

BLIZZARD GAP

(on Oregon highway 140 east of Lakeview, OR)

This is a narrow, rough, and winding road between Lakeview and the Nevada state line where it improves considerably. There is a 2 mile 6% westbound descent to US 395 (just north of Lakeview.) It includes 25 to 45 mph curves and very little eastbound descent.

Blizzard Gap is a summit east of Adel near milepost 44. The westbound descent is posted "7% next 6 miles." It is a steady descent except for a mile break in the grade near the top of the hill. There are 35 and 40 mph curves. The eastbound descent is rolling hills.

At milepost 57 there is a warning for westbound traffic--"8% next 3 miles." It is a very steady grade with 25 mph curves most of the way down. There are long steep drop-offs without guardrails. This road is cut into the side of what could almost be called a cliff. When you get out into the valley below, look back at the road. It is quite a sight. There is little descent on the east side. The top of this hill is about 8 miles northwest of the Nevada state line."

So if it were me, I would head North from K Falls and then take HWy 97 to Hwy 20 or Take 395 N from Lakeview to Burns and then Hwy 20 E into Ontario and use I 84. Or rather the best rout to use I80 is 395 South to Reno. At any rate I would most definitely not use Blizzard Pass.
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Have driven 140 from Klammath Falls to Grants Pass in a rental car several years ago. Not sure but I do not remember any thing I would not tow over but it is a narrow, slow road to drive. What I do remember for sure is there is no fuel stop between Medford and Klammath falls. If you go that way make sure you fill up with enough to get to Klammath Falls before you leave Medford.
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Hey 140

Been through it with a tractor-trailer 80,000lbs numerous times! No problem!!!
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Been through it with a tractor-trailer 80,000lbs numerous times! No problem!!!
From Medford to Lakeview only, or all the way through Blizzard Gap to the Nevada line?
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Hwy 140

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From Medford to Lakeview only, or all the way through Blizzard Gap to the Nevada line?
Medford to U.S 95 to I-80! A little crooked on the Oregon side before the Nevada line!
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