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Old 08-28-2019, 05:19 PM   #1
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Coeur d’Alene to Joseph, Oregon

Has anyone been gone south from Coeur d’Alene to Joseph, Oregon? We have a 30’ and the road (129/3) looks like tight curves/steep inclines on the maps. Is the road good? Will I be white-knuckling all the way and needing a stiff drink afterwards? TIA.
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Old 08-28-2019, 06:21 PM   #2
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I just got back from Joseph today!

I am interested in how this road is too, so subscribing.
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Old 08-28-2019, 07:44 PM   #3
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I just got back from Joseph today!

I am interested in how this road is too, so subscribing.
So I guess you came in on 82 from the west? That might be the ( much longer) route we take.
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Old 08-28-2019, 08:08 PM   #4
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Stan, is there some reason you want to take 3 south from Coeur d'Alene rather than 95 to Lewiston? That looks like a better highway IMO.

FYI Wikpedia has pretty good write-ups of most routes.

Highway 95: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/U.S._Route_95

Oregon is near the top . . . looks fairly unremarkable IMO, although there is not much detail there.

https://www.google.com/maps/dir/Coeu...7!2d45.3543187

Why take 3 through the mountains . . . is there something you want to see?

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Old 08-28-2019, 08:25 PM   #5
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Peter,
Thanks for the reply. 95 is fine, I thought it was 3 as well? The part that I’m more concerned about is that 129/3 section from Lewiston to Joseph. I’ll check the references you sent and see what I can find out. Thanks!
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Yes, I took 82 in and out. It was fine, a couple of steeps and bends, but not dramatic.

Not like I84 emigrant pass west bound. People drive like loons down there.... as I just found out..
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Old 08-29-2019, 04:23 AM   #7
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Stan a couple of other links FYI:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Washin...tate_Route_129
[Good route description IMO, including max. elevation ~2400' and switchbacks, with photo below]

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oregon_Route_3
[max elevation 4,693']
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paradise,_Oregon

WA route 129 snapshot:


Personally I would go for it, being careful to downshift and use your engine braking, for downhills.

Have a great trip.

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PS -- Google Maps:
https://www.google.com/maps/dir/Lewi...7!2d45.3543187

Switchback close-ups -- zoom in at each location:
https://www.google.com/maps/dir/Lewi...7!2d45.3543187

Looks like a box truck or RV on this hair pin turn :
https://www.google.com/maps/dir/46.0...e3!4m2!4m1!3e0
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Oregon 3 - Rattlesnake Grade, and Washington 129 - Anaton/Asotin Grade, are not really good trailering roads. Both are quite steep and twisty. They are frequently used by fast motorcyclists, and the presence of a 30' trailer really increases the risk of something bad happening. Going toward Walla Walla and US84, then 82 to Joseph is a much more appropriate route.

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Old 08-29-2019, 09:27 AM   #9
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If you are looking for the easiest drive from Coeur d 'Alene to Joseph, take the freeway I-90 thru Spokane, then south on 395 and I 82 to LaGrand, OR, then 82 over to Joseph, that road is a piece of cake. I've driven every road into Joseph and this is by far the easiest.
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Lewiston to Joseph

It has been the most challenging road I’ve travelled. (129/3)Beautiful for sure. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED with a diesel TV and exhaust break.
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Thanks for the thoughtful replies all. I “drove” some of the trickier looking parts in Google maps, and I think my wife would not be pleased - she’s not a fan of being on the cliff side! Looks like a beautiful drive, but maybe not for me with the trailer at this time. We will take the less stressful route this time. Appreciate the input from all of you ✌️

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just to add as we wanted to take this route in 2007, but opted for the Lewiston/Clarkson route. Actually laid up a few days in Pendleton for the snow to melt (from the recent dump) then on to The Wallowa's via Cabbage Hill & La Grande.


http://www.airforums.com/forums/f42/...se-173382.html


Looking at Google, my wife said, lets drop down to Pendleton for a few days not showing much love for the narrow canyon roads. It's all about what you and your passengers are comfortable with.


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Thanks Stan and Bob for the updates.


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Has anyone been gone south from Coeur d’Alene to Joseph, Oregon? We have a 30’ and the road (129/3) looks like tight curves/steep inclines on the maps. Is the road good? Will I be white-knuckling all the way and needing a stiff drink afterwards? TIA.
I did it in a 40' Super Class C a decade ago. The road is narrow and windy in the road is narrow and very windy in sections from Clarkston to the state line. very little traffic though. I would not hesitate taking that route towing our 28' FC.
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