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Old 09-23-2015, 09:40 AM   #15
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It was both, and very time consuming, out of Vegas take HWY 15 to Barstow and 58 to 395 north is much better highway, will take you to Lake Tahoe and save you a lot of time and very nice roads.
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Old 09-27-2015, 08:28 PM   #16
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We have done this trip twice. Once in a class B motorhome and once in a class A motorhome. No issues either time. Be aware thnaf the downgrade seems to never end. Take your time, gear down to save your brakes, pull over to have a cup of coffee and enjoy the scenery. Do this to let the brakes cool. Go slow to be safe..
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Old 10-07-2015, 09:39 PM   #17
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Climber, recent flooding in Death Valley have closed many roads. Just a heads up if you are heading there soon, Here is a list of road closures from today... http://www.nps.gov/deva/upload/Morning-Report.pdf
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Old 10-07-2015, 09:47 PM   #18
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Thanks TinShack! I'll bookmark that road conditions link. Very much appreciated!


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Old 10-26-2015, 11:22 PM   #19
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Some incredible footage of the recent Death Valley flooding...https://www.facebook.com/DeathValley...4230560601225/
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Old 10-26-2015, 11:48 PM   #20
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if you're headed down 395 and haven't seen Bodie, it's a bucket list place to see imo!
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Old 10-26-2015, 11:55 PM   #21
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Oregon to Death Valley Hwy 190 Advice?

TinShack, many thanks for that link. A "1000 year event" - terrible and awesome and beautiful at the same time, Nature in all her furious unpredictability. Wonder how the deluge will change the landscape in the years to come.

We've been keeping track of conditions thanks to your previous heads up. Looks like we can get to our campsite and nearby areas, but Badwater and many back country roads look iffy. If much of the Park is closed we might head down to Joshua Tree after a few days in Furnace Creek.

Thanks again for timely update and video!

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Old 10-27-2015, 12:02 AM   #22
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Thanks, Nick, we will definitely make time for Bodie!


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Old 10-27-2015, 12:13 AM   #23
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Climber, we take our Airstream to DV every year. Our preferred (and I believe the safest/easiest) route from Northern Oregon is down I-5 to Mt. Shasta, then to Reno via Susanville. We catch US 95 at Fernly, then head south. You can go into DV from Beatty, but the descent is long and somewhat steep. It's fine, but you'll be on the brakes a lot. We like to go on to Death Valley Junction, then into the park from there.

Weather is always a concern, so watch the reports and plan accordingly.

Although I've seen many motorhomes and trailers come in from Lone Pine, I would not personally take that route. We have gone through Bakersfield and looped around to the south through the Mojave Preserve then up to DV Junction.

BTW, I-5 from Sacramento to Bakersfield will beat you to death. The pavement is in terrible shape, and every over/underpass is a jolt.

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Thanks for the advance warning about the flooding, TinShack. The damage to Scotty's Castle and pupfish habitat is heart-breaking. We're planning on camping in and around Death Valley this year in February-March. I checked the NPS website and got directed to their Facebook page. With an El Nino event expected this winter, they warned about more potential flooding this winter but also that the wildflower season should be really good, with so much moisture.

We camped at Furnace Creek early this year and also in 2013. One thing that really struck us was how far distant the gas stations are, and how expensive gas is in California-- even more so in the national park!

Fortunately our routes into DV from the northeast are pretty gentle compared to the west side--excepting Las Vegas rush hour traffic.
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Fortunately our routes into DV from the northeast are pretty gentle compared to the west side--excepting Las Vegas rush hour traffic.
Try taking Clark County 215 to avoid the heavy traffic in Las Vegas. It's also called the Bruce Woodbury beltway. A bit confusing from 95, but it drops you onto I-15 on the east side of LV. None of the white knuckle stuff through town.
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Oregon to Death Valley Hwy 190 Advice?

Thanks for the great tips, Drathaar. We'll take the Shasta-Susanville-Reno route but probably stick to 395 down from there because we really want to visit the Film History Museum in Lone Pine. The hills around there were the film locations for a ton of Westerns. From there the Mojave Preserve route looks good, maybe dip down to drive old Rt 66 to Needles as a side trip.

Thanks for the heads up on I-5. We're considering hwy 99 Bakersfield-Sacto.

We're planning a late-Nov return over the Siskiyous but if snow flies it might be up the Coast. Either way, life is great in an Airstream!



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Appreciate the route advice!
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The only downside to 395 would be the passes if the weather is iffy. At Lone Pine, there is a nice RV Park at the south end of town. The McDonalds in town has the greatest view of any fast food in the world...

Here's a shot from their parking lot. Mt. Whitney is in the clouds somewhere.



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